La Salle Academy

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La Salle Academy
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United States
Coordinates40°43′30″N 73°59′24″W / 40.72500°N 73.99000°W / 40.72500; -73.99000Coordinates: 40°43′30″N 73°59′24″W / 40.72500°N 73.99000°W / 40.72500; -73.99000
Former nameSt. Vincent's School (1848–1887)
TypePrivate Roman Catholic, all-boys', college-preparatory school
MottoSignum Fidei
(Sign of Faith)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
(Christian Brothers)
Established1848 (175 years ago) (1848)
FounderInstitute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools
CEEB code333730
PresidentBr. Thomas Casey, F.S.C.
ChairmanSalvatore LaRocca
PrincipalKerry Conroy
Vice PresidentIsmini Scouras
(VicePresident for Institutional Advancement}
Enrollment350 (2019)
Average class size18
Student to teacher ratio10 to 1
CampusMain campus
215 East 6th Street
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)Red and white    
SloganEducating young men since 1848
Fight song"On La Salle Men"
Athletics conferenceCatholic High School Athletic Association
SportsBaseball, basketball, bowling, handball, soccer, track & field
Team nameCardinals
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
NewspaperThe Cardinal
YearbookThe Lasallite
  • Anthony Chin
    (Director of Admissions and Recruitment)
  • John Cregg
    (Director of Finance)
  • Jerome Pannell
    (Director of Athletics)
Vice PrincipalJerome Pannell (Vice Principal for Student Services)

La Salle Academy is an American private, Catholic all-boys' high school in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York.

The school is run by the Eastern North American District of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.

It was founded by the Christian Brothers in 1848.

The school was first named Saint Vincent's School when it opened on Canal Street. It moved to Second Avenue in 1856 and changed its name to La Salle Academy in 1887.

In 2010, the school relocated to 215 East 6th Street, sharing the building with St. George Academy . Various offices are still located in the Second Avenue building.

Throughout its history, the school has been home to thousands of "Brothers' boys".

Early years[edit]

The school was founded in 1848 when John Hughes, then-bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, invited the Christian Brothers to establish a school in the city.

They opened St. Vincent's School in a church basement on Canal Street.

In 1856, St. Vincent's School moved to East 2nd Street and Second Avenue, a plot of land that once belonged to Washington Irving.

The brothers renamed the school La Salle Academy in 1887.

The Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York granted the school a charter in 1896.

In 1936, the brothers built a five-story building in order to accommodate increasing enrollment.

Over the first half of the 20th century, the school's enrollment grew immensely, from 98 in 1906 to 950 in 1948.

Later 20th century[edit]

In 1966, the school purchased the Moskowitz and Lupowitz Restaurant on the corner of Second Avenue and 2nd Street. This became the school's annex that housed the Guidance Department, the Academic Support Center, the Art Department, Drama Club activities, Music Department and more classrooms. Today, the annex houses the offices of the President, Development, Recruitment & Admissions and the Christian Brothers' residential community.

In 1997, La Salle received accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and in 1998 celebrated its 150th anniversary.

In 2000, the school was named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education for excellence in education.

It received an "exceeding national expectations" evaluation in its 2018 report in fall 2017, followed by a Certificate of Accreditation in May 2018 from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools on Elementary and Secondary Schools accreditation team. On assessing the school's Catholic charism, the school was blessed to have been given an exceptionally positive review ("with commendation") by the Christian Brothers of the District of Eastern North America.

Dr. Catherine Guerriero became La Salle's first female president in 2014.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The school's Forensic Society won the 1945 state championship.

The school's Glee Club, which was directed by Phil Carney, performed for Martin Luther King Jr. at New York City Hall in 1965.

Notable alumni[edit]

Film, television and theatre

(For this reason, the school's mascot became the Cardinals.)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Archived from the original on May 14, 2011. Retrieved May 27, 2009.
  2. ^ "Barnard Hughes". IMDb.

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