Tenui Nec Dimittam
I have taken hold and will not let go.
|1801 North Broom Street
Wilmington, Delaware, 19802-2891
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic
(Oblates of St. Francis de Sales)
|Athletics conference||Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
Salesianum School is a Roman Catholic independent school for boys, located in Wilmington, Delaware. It is run independently within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington and is operated by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. The current enrollment is just about 1,000 students, from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Salesianum has established a close connection with Lycée Saint Michel, another Oblate high school, located in Annecy, France. Salesianum was named one of the Top 50 Catholic High Schools in America by the Catholic Honor Roll in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.
The 22-acre (89,000 m2) campus is home to the school itself as well as a gymnasium. In addition to the campus, the athletic program also makes use of Wilmington's Baynard Stadium located directly across from the school.
The soccer team won 10 state championships between 2002 and 2010, and in 2013 defeated Saint Benedict's Preparatory School, the national number ranked high school program in the United States and finished the season ranked as the number two high school team in the country.
The cross country team has won 37 of the 42 DIAA state boy championships, losing the championship only five years between 1972 and 2013.
Student clubs and activities
Salesianum students can participate in many academic, artistic, service clubs, and activities, including National Honor Society and Model United Nations. Salesianum also recently started an advanced physics program known as taCOSΘ which provides Advanced Placement students with the opportunity to interact with those who are in need of assistance in their studies of physics. Salesianum's Life Smarts team has represented Delaware at the national competition each year from 2006 to 2012.The Model United Nations team won the title of World Champions at the Global Classrooms Model UN Conferences in New York City in 2007 and 2008. Individual members of the team consistently win national and international debates every year. 
Salesianum (Latin for "House of Sales", referring to St. Francis de Sales) was founded in 1903 and stood at 8th and West Streets until the move to its current location in 1957. In 1950, Rev. Thomas Lawless, OSFS, a 1908 graduate of Salesianum, admitted five African American students, four years prior to the Brown v. Board of Education decision which made it mandatory; thus making Salesianum the first racially integrated school in the state of Delaware, and recently was recognized for this with a historical marker.
Sexual abuse controversy
In August 2012 the Wilmington/Philadelphia Province of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales published a letter stating that "Since 2004, the Wilmington/Philadelphia Province of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales has been named in lawsuits in the Superior Court of Delaware filed by 40 plaintiffs, each of which contained allegations of sexual abuse of a minor." The letter named 12 oblates who had been involved and expressed regrets, stating that "The abuse of children by priests and other clergy is shocking, reprehensible, and devastating to all whose trust has been shattered by their selfish deeds." This followed a settlement in August 2011 of 39 lawsuits against the school and the order with the order and its insurance carries paying $24.8 million to be shared between the plaintiffs.
- Hugh T. Broomall (1966): United States Air Force Major General.
- John Byrne (1967): shares 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for work with Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Al Gore
- Christopher Castellani (1990): Novelist.
- Cesidio Colasante (1994): NPSL Midfielder.
- Bill Marsilii (1980): Screenwriter, Déjà Vu (2006 film), Courage the Cowardly Dog.
- Charlie McDermott (for two years, left in 2006): actor.
- Anthony Monaco (1977): President of Tufts University, geneticist.
- Bill Press (1958): political commentator and talk radio host, chair of the California Democratic Party (1993–1996).
- Kevin P. Reilly (1969): National Football League linebacker.
- Andrew Szczerba (2007): National Football League tight end.
- Ken Szotkiewicz (1965): Major League Baseball shortstop.
- Thomas Turcol (1971): 1985 Pulitzer Prize Winner for General News Reporting   
- Francis D. Vavala (1965): United States Army Major Generaland adjutant general for Delaware.
- Tom Welling (as a freshman in 1992): actor.
- Victor Zwolak (1956): 1964 Olympic Runner.
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