La Salle College High School

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La Salle College High School
La Salle College High School logo.jpg
Virtus et Scientia
"Character and Knowledge"
8605 Cheltenham Avenue
Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, (Montgomery County), 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
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) St. John Baptist de La Salle
Established 1858
School district Springfield Township
Oversight Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools
CEEB Code 393370
President Bro. James L. Butler, FSC
Principal Mr. Michael O'Toole, '68
Asst. Principal Mr. Thomas Barna (Academic Affairs)
Mrs. Julia Maher (Student Affairs)
Chaplain Rev. Anthony Janton, AFSC '69
Staff 135[1]
Grades 912
Gender Boys
Enrollment 1085 (2014–2015)
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
Rival St. Joseph Prep
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Average SAT scores 1797 (2014)
Publication Gazebo (literary magazine)
Newspaper Wisterian
Yearbook Blue and Gold
Tuition $20,400
Dean of Students Mr. James Fyke
Chief Information Officer Mr. Peter Sigmund, '85
Director of Diversity Mr. Vernard Abrams
Athletic Director Mr. Joe Parisi

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]

"Pool Mass" Controversy[edit]

On August 15, 2014, La Salle's chaplain, Father Tony Janton, celebrated a "Pool Mass" for the water polo team, in violation of Canon 932.1 and the provisions of Redemptionis Sacramentum. Shortly thereafter, the incident was covered by several major Catholic blogs, media outlets, and news organizations.[4][5][6] Once the news articles went public and alumni commented to express their disagreement, references of the "Pool Mass" were removed from the high school's Facebook and Twitter pages. Such a Mass is part of a litany of religious problems that have plagued the school, including accusations of lax teaching and catechesis by alumni and rampant acceptance of homosexuality on campus.


La Salle College High School offers twenty-four Advanced Placement courses each year. 85% of La Salle AP students qualify for college credit. In 2013-14, 124 students achieved AP Scholar status, which included 17 National Scholars. The student-faculty ratio is currently 10:1 and the average class size is 19 students.


La Salle College High School is a certified Microsoft IT Academy. The school offers wireless network access through 802.11 b/g/n, so students can access the Internet on the many computers throughout the school or on their own laptops. All of the faculty and staff are supplied with laptops so they can take advantage of the same wireless network.

The school has a computer for every four students.[7]

La Salle is the only school to be twice featured for leadership in technology in The Philadelphia Inquirer (spring 2003 and winter 2000), most recently for integration of SMARTBoards with wireless networks. Former principal Fred Assaf was invited to write an article about La Salle's use of laptops, "They Find the Solution Right in Their Lap," which appeared in the September/October 2001 issue of Momentum, the journal of the National Catholic Educational Association.

La Salle is one of the few schools in the nation to let the students be the IT department. The team called the Lab Managers is responsible for administering the 30 server 1,6000 user network.[8] Along with ensuring that the latest technology is integrated and maintained, they are responsible for assisting teachers and students with any issues that may arise. The program is directed by Mr. Peter Sigmund '85, MCITP.[9] The program has been very successful in graduating students with industry recognized professional certifications. Over the years the program has helped students become Microsoft Certified Professionals, MSCAs, MCSEs, Cisco Certified Network Engineers, MCTSs, and most recently has been a leader in training and passing Microsoft Technology Associates (MTA).[10]

Recent athletic accomplishments[edit]

(Does not include accomplishments in 2004–05)

Currently, La Salle's baseball, swimming, and ice hockey terms are all reigning Pennsylvania state champions. Over the past twelve years La Salle has won sixty-three League Championships (fifty-five Catholic League and eight interscholastic Hockey League). Additionally, La Salle won the Pennsylvania Football State Championship on December 19, 2009. Thirteen separate sports earned championships over the past eight years: cross country, soccer, football, ice hockey, wrestling, indoor track, swimming, lacrosse, baseball, crew, golf, tennis, and outdoor track and field.[11]

The Philadelphia Catholic League has recognized 114 La Salle athletes for outstanding performances; fifty-seven earned First Team All-Catholic honors, while thirty-one were listed as second team selections. Twenty-six were awarded honorable mention status.

In addition, La Salle swept the 2006 fall season of the Catholic League, taking the championships in soccer, football, and cross country.

  • Football: La Salle won the Philadelphia Catholic League Champions in 1989, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011; reached the Catholic League Championship game in 1999, 2006, 2008 and 2009, playoffs each year. In 2006, ranked as the #1 team in the Philadelphia area and also 9th in the state. In 2009, La Salle was ranked #1 in Pennsylvania and #24 in the United States[12] after winning the PIAA Class AAAA State Championship,the first State Championship in the PCL. Recently, the La Salle Explorers won their fifth consecutive Philadelphia Catholic League Championship, as well as the District 12 City Championship, and they have recently advanced to the AAAA state finals to defend their title.
  • Cross Country: 2008, PIAA Runner-Up; Philadelphia Catholic League Champions 2003-2008; Pennsylvania State Prep School Champions 2001-2005; ranked in the Top 10 in the Northeast US 2003-2008, the highest ranking being 5th (2003).
  • Ice hockey: first School to have two varsity teams win league championships.
    • Varsity 1
      • Flyers Cup Championship Final: 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
      • Flyers Cup Champions in 1996, 1998, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
      • PA State Champions in 1998, 2008, 2009, 2012
      • League Champions in 1999 and 2002
    • Varsity 2
      • Flyers Cup Champions in 1999
      • League Champions 1999 and 2001
  • Swimming: 2012 PA State Champions. 2004 Eastern Prep School Champs, back to back third-place finishes in PIAA state finals (2008–2009, 2009–2010), second-place finish in PIAA state finals (2010–2011), 2008 Eastern Prep School Champs 2nd place, National Catholic Prep School Champs (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2004); twenty four consecutive Philadelphia Catholic League Titles(up to 2010–2011).
  • Lacrosse: PSLA State Champions (2004, 2008, 2013), Inaugural PIAA State Champions (2009) Eastern PA Champs 2004, PCL Championship 2004, League Champions in 12 of the past 14 years. PCL Champions (2006,2008,2009,2010,2012,2013,2014). Made a run in the PIAA state playoffs in 2010 (state runner up), 2012 (state runner up) and 2014 (lost by 1 goal in PIAA Quarter Final game to State Champion, Penncrest High School).
  • Tennis: PCL Titles in 2003 and 2004. League champions in nine of the past twelve years.
  • Golf: eight consecutive PCL Championships (1996–2003); second place in 2004, 1st in 2005, and 2007.
  • Track and field: PCL Indoor Track Titles in 1994, 1998 and 1999; PCL Outdoor Track Title in 1998 and 2010; Runner-Up in 1999 and 2006; 2008 US #1 Ranking Indoor DMR; 2008 Runner-Up Penn Relays DMR Championship of America; 2013 Champions in Penn Relays DMR; 2013 US #1 Ranking Outdoor DMR.
  • Crew: League Champions in three of past ten years; City Champions in 1998; Varsity 4+ Philadelphia Catholic League Champions and Philadelphia City Champions in 2004.
  • Basketball: Catholic League Semifinalists (2000); Northern Division Champions in three of the last nine years.
  • Baseball:2012 PA State Champions, Northern Division Champions (2002 & 2003), Championship Finals (2002 & 2003), Championship (1994 & 2005).
  • Soccer: PCL Championship in 2000; three Championships in the last decade. League Championship Finals in 2003 and ranked first at times in the 2003 season. PCL Championship in 2005. PCL Champions in 2006. PCL Champions in 2011.
  • Wrestling: regular Season Champions in 1996, 2001, 2002, and 2003. Team title at league individual championship in 1996 and 2003. The team also won the PCL title in 1996, 2007, 2009, and 2010 over North Catholic. Also, District 12 titles over Northeast High School in 2009 and George Washington High school in 2010.

Alma mater[edit]

Hail La Salle we praise thee

Honor and tribute true

Great and bright your splendor

Banner of gold and blue

Loyal Sons we'll ever be

High we'll hold your memory

Hail La Salle our Alma Mater

Hail all Hail!

Notable alumni[edit]

J. Burrwood Daly 1890 US Congressman from Pennsylvania
Howard R. Leary 1935 Commissioner (1963–70), Philadelphia Police Department
Hon. August B. Cifelli 1943 justice, Supreme Court of Michigan
Paul Arizin 1946 member, Basketball Hall of Fame
Francis J. Ryan 1949 retired president and Chief Operating Officer, Air Products & Chemicals
Maj. Gen. William F. Burns 1950 Commanding Officer (Retired), U.S. Army
William de Pasquale 1951 concertmaster, Philadelphia Orchestra
Tom Gola 1951 Member, Basketball Hall of Fame
Thomas J. Lynch 1958 past president, Union League of Philadelphia
John E. Glaser 1958 president, Stutz Candy Co., Inc.
Thomas F. Pyle, Jr. 1958 retired president and Chief Operating Officer, Rayovac Corporation
Michael McCafferty 1960 founder Landmark National Bank
John F. Lehman, Jr., Ph.D. 1960 Secretary of the Navy (1981–87) and Member of the 9/11 Commission
Charles E. Dunleavy, Jr. 1961 president, GMAC Commercial Holding Corporation
Daniel J. Whelan 1963 retired president and Chief Executive Officer, Verizon Communications Inc.
Chris Matthews 1963 television commentator on Hardball, syndicated columnist — San Francisco Examiner
John M. Kilduff 1964 retired president and Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Pepper Company
Leo G. Frangipane, MD 1965 best-selling author, More True Blue Tales
Rear Adm. John B. Foley III 1965 Former Commander Atlantic Fleet Surface Force (COMNAVSURFLANT), U.S. Navy (Retired)
Brother Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., Ph.D. 1965 president La Salle University
Charles A. Genuardi 1966 president, Genuardi Super Markets, Inc.
Chuck Zapiec 1967 PA Sports Hall of Fame, Penn State All-American Linebacker & Professional Football Player
Karl M. Kyriss 1968 president and Chief Operating Officer, AQUA PA
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
Walter L. Updegrave 1970 senior editor Money Magazine; best-selling author, Investing for the Financially Challenged
Steve Javie 1972 Retired NBA official, current ESPN Analyst
Mark Juliano 1972 Chief Operating Officer, Trump Entertainment Resorts
A. Frank Donaghue 1972 former Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross
Michael T. Kennedy 1972 Senior Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer; Trinity Capital Partners, LP
George T. Kenney 1975 Former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives(George T. Kenney

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Timothy J. Donahue 1980 president and Chief Operating Officer, Crown Holdings
John Schmitt 1980 senior economist with the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC
Hugh Panaro 1982 leading Broadway actor: Les Misérables, The Phantom of The Opera
Hon. Michael J. Stack, III 1982 Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
Inspector Carl W. Holmes, Jr. 1983 Commanding Officer, Philadelphia Police Academy
Joe Leibrandt 1984 Three-time champion and member of Jeopardy Hall of Fame
Jim Poole 1984 Relief pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies
Tom Gizzi 1985 American football player
Sean McDermott 1993 Defensive Coordinator of the Carolina Panthers, former Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Coordinator
Gregory Michael Hosmer 1999 Leading TV Actor; As the World Turns, Greek, How I Met Your Mother