La Salle High School (Cincinnati, Ohio)

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La Salle High School
3091 North Bend Road
Cincinnati, Ohio, (Hamilton County), 45239
United States
Coordinates 39°11′21″N 84°35′13″W / 39.18917°N 84.58694°W / 39.18917; -84.58694Coordinates: 39°11′21″N 84°35′13″W / 39.18917°N 84.58694°W / 39.18917; -84.58694
Type Private, college preparatory, All-Male
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) St. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle
Established September 6, 1960
Authority Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Principal Thomas Luebbe[1]
Grades 9th12th
Color(s) Scarlet and White[1]         
Athletics Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross-Country, Football, Golf, Ice-Hockey, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling, and Drama.
Athletics conference Greater Catholic League South[1]
Mascot Lancer
Affiliation Christian Brothers

La Salle High School is a Catholic, all-male, archdiocesan high school in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

The school was opened September 6, 1960 and named in honor of Jean-Baptiste de la Salle, a French priest and educational reformer. The school was officially dedicated May 14, 1961. It was founded by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.[citation needed]


The curriculum is accredited by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association. Curriculum levels are Honors Program studies, Advanced College Preparatory studies, College Preparatory studies, and Individualized studies.[citation needed]

La Salle is a Catholic, all-male, college-preparatory, comprehensive high school in Cincinnati, Ohio. Founded in 1960 by the Christian Brothers, La Salle remains consistent in its teachings that are based on the educational principles of St. John Baptist de La Salle. Our goal is to encourage each student to develop his maximum potential: spiritually, morally, academically, socially, physically, and emotionally.[citation needed]

Students who, as freshmen, begin in either the Honors (HP) or Advanced College Prep (ACP) level (as determined by their freshman English placement) are required to include at least 2 consecutive credits of the same foreign language during their freshman and sophomore years as part of the 27.5 minimum graduation credits. All other students who choose to start a foreign language are required to earn at least two consecutive credits of the same foreign language as part of the 27.5 minimum graduation credits. There may be additional requirements at a specific academic level. Graduation requirements may be subject to change.[citation needed]

Every senior is required to make a La Salle sponsored closed retreat. Also, each student is required to do a minimum of 40 hours of Christian Service outside of regular school hours in order to graduate. At least 20 of those hours need to be Red Christian Service hours. "Red Christian Service" involves working for the homeless, poor, crippled, sick, elderly and all those struggling at this point of their lives. The remaining hours can also be Red Christian Service hours or they can be White Christian Service hours. "White Christian Service" involves activities such as work at parish, festival, park, La Salle, and other community related activities. Students are also required to pass all five (writing, reading, mathematics, citizenship, and science) parts of the Ohio Graduation Test in order to receive a diploma.[citation needed]

School traditions[edit]

La Salle is rich in school traditions. Some of which are community wide where others school wide. One of the largest and most well recognized is the La Salle Canned Food Drive. The origin of the Canned Food Drive goes back to 1970. The original drive was done by the men of La Salle taking total responsibility to help the less fortunate. In 1998, in an effort to have the community join us in this truly Lasallian tradition, we began our "Truck Full of Love" canned food drive. La Salle had traditionally collected approximately 30,000 cans for the less fortunate. In 1998, it was decided to take this effort to the next level. A 53-foot semi-trailer was parked in front of the school to challenge the young men of La Salle and the surrounding community to fill the trailer. Our initial goal was 50,000 cans. That was achieved in 1998. Each year since, it has grown, and in 2004–2005 it once again set a new record for collections as we topped the 75,000 can mark.[citation needed]

Other school traditions include: The Lancer Day Games, La Salle Car Show, the Student Raffle.[citation needed]

The La Salle Drama Program[edit]

The La Salle Drama Program's awards include the 2007 State Championship for their Fall production of "1776" and an area conference win for their 2008 Fall production "Damn Yankees" (which was also nominated for Best Musical at the Cincinnati Cappies 2009 awards gala). La Salle was nominated for 11 Cappies for this show, but sadly won none. Their 2010 Spring production of "Aida" was nominated for many Cappie awards and won two. In 2011, their fall play "Teahouse of the August Moon" was chosen to be performed full-length at the EdTA Ohio State Conference, and in 2012 the fall musical "All Shook Up" had the honor of performing an hour long portion of the show. In 2013, LaSalle Drama's production "The Outsiders" was also chosen to perform a full length show at the EdTA Ohio State Conference.[citation needed]

There are two types of productions put on at La Salle, one being a "Black Box Production" (which is held in the Black Box theater) and the other being a "Main Stage Production" (which is held on the stage in the gymnasium). In addition to regular productions, La Salle puts on an annual "Passion Play", "Dramapalooza" show, and a touring "Mistletoe Minstrels" show. The Passion Play is held near Easter to commemorate the life and the Passion of Jesus Christ. Dramapalooza is held so that the seniors or drama board members can put on a show of their own individual skits and pieces. Mistletoe Minstrels is a touring Christmas show where drama students sing and dance to classic Christmas songs at local nursing homes to spread Christmas cheer and joy to the elderly.[citation needed]


La Salle High School has just under 800 students enrolled, so there are plenty of ways to get involved. HomeStudent LifeClubs and OrganizationsLa Salle High School students are encouraged to participate in as many cocurricular activities as their schedule will allow. This includes being involved in other organizations and causes outside the La Salle community.[citation needed] La Salle is proud to offer over 60 clubs and organizations. Students are encouraged to be active participants in groups particular to their interests to foster personal development.[citation needed]

The largest club that La Salle has to offer is Key Club, which is led by the moderator Mrs. Kathy Moroney. Key Club has become one of the largest all male clubs in Ohio with over 150 members. The club has been able to reach a record number of service hours in the community served at over 16 events. Some of these events include Twin Towers Bingo, Special Olympics, Presentation Ministries, and the annual Harvest Home Fair.

Notable clubs include the Game, Chess, Spanish, French, Latin, Paintball, Cornhole, Movie, Ski, Creative Writing, Ping Pong, WLSN Sports Journalism and S.A.D.D clubs. See: for a full listing. Sometimes they do comedies.


La Salle's band program has seen much success in recent years. Under the direction of Brian Fischer, the marching band has had three consecutive top-three finishes in class at adjudicated Mid-States Band Association events (most recently earning the title in Class AA),[2] as well as being a Bands of America Grand Nationals Semi-finalist for two years running. La Salle's Wind Ensemble has also received a Superior rating in classes C, B, and A consecutively at adjudicated OMEA events.[3] Additionally, La Salle's Winter Guard program has received high accolades in recent years in not only Tri-State Circuit events, but also at Winter Guard International. The Winter Guard is a WGI Cincinnati Regional Finalist,[4] as well as a WGI World Championships Semi-finalist.[5]


The Lancers compete in the Greater Catholic League GCL The Lancers compete in the following sports Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross-Country, Football, Golf, Ice-Hockey, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, and Wrestling.[citation needed]

Known as "The Big Red Express" La Salle Cross-Country has won district, sectional and city-wide titles in every year since 1993.[citation needed]

The Cincinnati Sizzle women's football team plays home games at La Salle.

Team state championships[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]



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