La Salle Academy

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This article is about the high school in New York City. For the school in the Philippines, see La Salle Academy (Philippines). For the school in Rhode Island, see La Salle Academy, Providence.
La Salle Academy
LSA red and white logo.jpg
215 East 6th Street (Main Campus); 44 East 2nd Street (President's Office and Advancement Office)
New York City (East Village, Manhattan), New York 10003
United States
Coordinates 40°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
Type Private
Motto Signum Fidei
(Sign of Faith)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic;
Brothers of the Christian Schools
Established 1848
CEEB code 333730
Principal Kerry Conroy
Head of school President Dr. Catherine Guerriero
Grades 9-12
Gender Boys
Enrollment 365 (2017)
Campus size small
Campus type Urban
Color(s) Red and White          
Slogan Educating young men since 1848
Fight song On La Salle Men
Athletics Basketball, Baseball, Bowling, Soccer, Handball, Track & Field, Indoor & Outdoor Track, Cross Country
Mascot Cardinal
Team name Cardinals
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Newspaper The Cardinal
Yearbook The Lasallite
Tuition $8,750
Vice President for Finance and Operations Mary Kenny
Vice Principal for Student Services Raymond Polanco
Admissions Director Anthony Chin
Athletic Director Jerome Pannell
Vice President for Institutional Advancement Ismini Scouras

La Salle Academy is a private, all boys high school in the New York City borough of Manhattan.

Founded in 1848 by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, La Salle was first known as Saint Vincent's School when it first opened on Canal Street. It moved to Second Avenue in 1856 and changed its name to La Salle Academy in 1887. In 2010 La Salle relocated to 215 East 6th Street, sharing the building with St. George Ukrainian Catholic School. Various offices are still located in the Second Street building. Throughout its history, La Salle has been home to anywhere from 90 to 950 "Brothers' Boys".

Early years[edit]

La Salle Academy was founded in 1848 when John Hughes, then Bishop 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 Second 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 New York State Board of Regents granted La Salle 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, La Salle'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. In recent years, the decline in the number of religious brothers led to the integration of many lay faculty members. Laity now comprise over 90% of the teaching staff. In 1997. La Salle received accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and in 1998 celebrated its 150th Anniversary. In 2000, La Salle was named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education for excellence in education.

The President for the last two years has been Dr. Catherine Guerriero, LaSalle's first female President. Recently, the LaSalle Academy Board of Trustees voted unanimously to extend Dr. Guerriero's contract an unprecedented several years more through 2020. The Second Street Annex currently houses the offices of the President, Vice Presidents of Advancement and Finance, the Alumni and Development office, and the Brothers' residential community.

Notable alumni[edit]

Two cardinals of the Catholic Church graduated from La Salle: Patrick Hayes and George Mundelein, Archbishops of New York and Chicago, respectively. For this reason, La Salle athletes are known as the Cardinals.

As a testament to La Salle's strong athletic heritage, Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest), formerly a basketball player for various NBA teams including the 2010 NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, and Bakary Soumare, a current pro soccer player for the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer and a member of the Mali national soccer team, are both La Salle alumni. Other notable alums include God Shammgod, John Roche, former NBA center Tom Owens and former baseball pitcher John Candelaria. Film, television and Broadway actor Barnard Hughes also attended La Salle.[2] Acclaimed Film Director David Lee Madison graduated from La Salle Academy in 1989. He is noted for his cult classic film Mr.Hush, and the documentary film Middle Village. [3]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

La Salle has a tradition of excellence in its extracurricular offerings. The school's Forensic Society won the 1945 state championship. La Salle's Glee Club, which was directed by Phil Carney, performed for Martin Luther King at New York City Hall in 1965.

Today, extracurricular activities include: Photography Club, Student Council, French Club, Spanish Club, Chess Club, Campus Ministry, Chorus, Choir, Chess Club, the Cardinal Student Newspaper, and the Yearbook Club. Athletic offerings are Handball, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Track and Field, Cross-Country, Bowling, and 3D-Printing Club.

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