La Salle College High School

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La Salle College High School
La Salle College High School Logo.svg
8605 Cheltenham Avenue
Wyndmoor, (Montgomery County), Pennsylvania 19038
United States
Coordinates 40°5′41″N 75°11′24″W / 40.09472°N 75.19000°W / 40.09472; -75.19000Coordinates: 40°5′41″N 75°11′24″W / 40.09472°N 75.19000°W / 40.09472; -75.19000
Type Private
Motto Virtus et Scientia
("Character and Knowledge")
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) St. John Baptist de La Salle
Established 1858
Oversight Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools
CEEB code 393370
President James L. Butler
Principal Michael O'Toole, '68
Chaplain Anthony Janton,'69
Staff 101.3 (FTE)[1]
Grades 912
Gender Boys
Enrollment 1084 [1] (2014-2015)
 • Grade 9 303
 • Grade 10 271
 • Grade 11 255
 • Grade 12 255
Student to teacher ratio 10.7
Campus size 84 acres
Color(s) Blue and Gold         
Slogan Enter to Learn. Leave to Serve.
Athletics conference Philadelphia Catholic League
Mascot Explorer
Team name Explorers
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Publication Gazebo (literary magazine)
Newspaper Wisterian
Yearbook Blue and Gold
Tuition $21,200 (2015-16 Year)

La Salle College High School is an independent, Catholic, college preparatory school for boys located in Wyndmoor, a community in Springfield Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States, outside Philadelphia within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The school is staffed by a lay faculty and the Christian Brothers. Its sports teams compete in the Philadelphia Catholic League and now also participate in the PIAA.


La Salle was founded in 1858 as St. Michael's School at Second and Jefferson Streets. It then became the Christian Brothers Academy. In 1863 it became the preparatory school to La Salle College (now La Salle University). The prep school and college shared the same campus up until the 1960s. In 1982 they formally became two separate institutions.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]

J. Burrwood Daly 1890 US Congressman from Pennsylvania
Gus Cifelli 1943 Michigan district court judge and NFL offensive tackle
Paul Arizin 1946 member, Basketball Hall of Fame
Jim Phelan 1947 member, College Basketball Hall of Fame[4]
Tom Gola 1951 member, Basketball Hall of Fame
John Lehman, Jr. 1960 Secretary of the Navy (1981–87) and member of 9/11 Commission
Chris Matthews 1963 television commentator on Hardball, syndicated columnist
Rear Adm. John B. Foley III 1965 Commander Atlantic Fleet Surface Force (COMNAVSURFLANT), U.S. Navy (Retired)[5][citation needed]
Michael McGinniss 1965 president La Salle University
Chuck Zapiec 1967 PA Sports Hall of Fame, Penn State All-American linebacker, pro football player
Leonard Bosack 1969 founder, Cisco Systems
Jack Bauerle 1970 U.S. Olympic swim coach
Brig. Gen. Joseph J. McMenamin 1970 Assistant Division Commander, 2nd Marine Division
Steve Javie 1972 NBA referee
Joe Mihalich 1974 Head Coach, Hofstra Men's Basketball[6]
George T. Kenney 1975 former member of Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 170th district
Fran McCaffery 1977 Head Coach, Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball team[7]
John Waldron 1977 American criminal defense lawyer
John Schmitt 1980 senior economist, Center for Economic and Policy Research
Hugh Panaro 1982 Broadway actor, Les Misérables, The Phantom of The Opera
Michael J. Stack III 1982 Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
George Winslow 1982 Professional Football punter[8]
Jim Poole 1984 relief pitcher for Philadelphia Phillies
Tom Gizzi 1985 football player
Sean McDermott 1993 head coach of NFL's Buffalo Bills
Gregory Michael Hosmer 1999 actor, As the World Turns, Greek, How I Met Your Mother
Joe McKeehen 2009 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event winner[9]
Tyler Nase 2009 Olympic Rower[10]
Darius Madison 2012 Professional Soccer Player[11]
Zaire Franklin 2014 Linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts[12]



  1. ^ a b "School Detail for La Salle College High School". Private School Universe Survey. National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  2. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Archived from the original on March 25, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
  3. ^ "La Salle College High School: School History". Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Jim Phelan". Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Congressional Record". Retrieved 5 February 2017.
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  7. ^ Fran McCaffery
  8. ^ Layberger, Tom (7 October 2015). "La Salle product Winslow puts right foot forward at Pitt". The Times Herald. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  9. ^ Parks, Jessica (11 November 2015). "Mystery works for Montco poker champ". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia Media Network. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  10. ^ Rodemer, Vince (24 August 2016). "OLYMPICS: La Salle grad Tyler Nase represents U.S. in Rio". Montgomery Media. Digital First Media. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  11. ^ Abdallah, Khaled. "Toronto FC: Darius Madison Player Profile". Toronto Reds. Fan Sided. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  12. ^ Hunt, Donald (1 May 2018). "Local standouts to get their opportunity to play in the NFL". The Philadelphia Tribune. The Philadelphia Tribune. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  13. ^ "La Salle College High School: Notable Alumni". Retrieved 10 August 2015.