De La Salle High School (New Orleans)
|De La Salle High School|
|5300 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Patron saint(s)||St. John Baptist De La Salle|
|President||Mr. Michael Giambelluca|
|Principal||Mr. Paul Kelly '83 |
|Chaplain||Fr. Michael Schneller|
|Color(s)||Maroon and White|
|Accreditation||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools |
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.
Brief history of De La Salle High School
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.
- John Arthurs - Former NBA player - '65
- Leon A. Cannizzaro, Jr. - Orleans Parish (New Orleans) District Attorney
- Lance Dunbar - NFL running back; attended but did not graduate from De La Salle (displaced by Hurricane Katrina)
- Robert M. Groves - Sociologist, former United States Census Bureau Director - '66
- John Hainkel - Served as both Louisiana Speaker of the House and Louisiana Senate President (deceased)
- Karl Hankton - Former NFL wide receiver
- Marquise Hill - Former NFL player (deceased)
- Chris Horton - Former NFL player
- Tad Jones - Author, music historian, and founder of Tipitina's
- Jim Letten - Former U.S. Attorney Eastern District of Louisiana - '71
- Stanley Lombardo - Classicist, translator (Aeneid, Iliad, and Odyssey) - '61
- Gregory A. Miller - Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from St. Charles Parish - graduated c. '80
- Al Montreuil - Former Major League Baseball player
- Donald J. Palmisano - Former president of American Medical Association
- Paul Pastorek - Attorney, former Louisiana State Superintendent of Education
- Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr. - Former U.S. Attorney Eastern District of Louisiana - '93
- Dawn Angelique Richard from MTV's hit show Making the Band, Danity Kane
- Thomas John Rodi - Archbishop of Mobile - '67
- Tom Schedler - Former Secretary of State of Louisiana - '67
- Gene Taylor - Former U.S. Congressman for Mississippi - '71
- David Vitter - Former U.S. Senator from Louisiana - '79
- Jeffrey Vitter - Computer scientist, chancellor of University of Mississippi
- Frank Wills - Former Major League Baseball player (deceased)
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
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.