De La Salle High School (New Orleans)

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De La Salle High School
5300 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
United States
Coordinates 29°55′39″N 90°6′45″W / 29.92750°N 90.11250°W / 29.92750; -90.11250Coordinates: 29°55′39″N 90°6′45″W / 29.92750°N 90.11250°W / 29.92750; -90.11250
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) St. John Baptist De La Salle
Established 1949
CEEB code 192020
President Mr. Michael Giambelluca
Principal Mr. Paul Kelly '83 [1]
Chaplain Fr. Michael Schneller
Grades 812
Color(s) Maroon and White         
Mascot Cavalier
Team name Cavaliers
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [2]
Yearbook Maroon Legend
Tuition $9,150

De La Salle High School is a secondary school in New Orleans, Louisiana. The school's campus is located on picturesque St. Charles Avenue in uptown New Orleans, near the Audubon/University District. De La Salle teaches grades 8 through 12 and is part of the school system of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Lasallian heritage[edit]

De La Salle is named for St. John Baptist de La Salle, the founder of the Christian Brothers. De La Salle is a Lasallian education institution.

Brief history of De La Salle High School[edit]

De La Salle opened its doors in September 1949 to a freshman class of 74 boys. The founding faculty/staff of the school included four Christian Brothers: Brother Ernest Cocagne (De La Salle's first principal), Brother August Faure, Brother John Devine, and Brother Francis Vesel. Classes were initially held in a large old home (which also served as the residence for the Christian Brothers) on Pitt Street, but, in 1951, De La Salle moved to the present building on St. Charles Avenue.

A number of additions to the school's physical plant have been made over the years. These additions have included a wing of eight classrooms on Leontine Street (1957), a gymnasium (1961), a student chapel (1961), the Brother Arsenius Center (1980), the Buck Seeber Health and Fitness Center (2003), the Life Sciences Center (2008), and the Shane and Holley Guidry Baseball and Softball Complex (2009).

De La Salle, which was initially an all-boys school, became coeducational in 1992.

An interesting point regarding the school's history is that De La Salle was the first high school to open in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. The school opened its doors to high school students from schools all across the city and surrounding areas.

Mr. Michael Giambelluca became president of De La Salle on July 15, 2016. Dr. Myles Seghers '65, De La Salle's previous president, retired on July 14, 2016.

Notable alumni[edit]


De La Salle athletic programs compete as a member of the LHSAA. De La Salle has 17 sports teams: 10 boys' teams and 7 girls' teams. De La Salle recently built the Shane and Holley Guidry Batting facility for baseball and softball. This state-of-the-art facility has two batting cages with two Allstar Ace 500 Video Pitching Simulators. The complex also has an area for golf and tennis.

In popular culture[edit]

On the TV show American Horror Story: Coven, a hairdresser for Marie Laveau states that her son had his first day at De La Salle.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Dr. Michael Guillot Status Update". Retrieved 2015-02-12. 
  2. ^ "Academics". Retrieved 2015-03-20. 

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