La Salle Institute

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La Salle Institute
LSIseal.jpg
Address
174 Williams Road
Troy, New York, (Rensselaer County) 12180
United States
Coordinates 42°41′38″N 73°40′59″W / 42.69389°N 73.68306°W / 42.69389; -73.68306Coordinates: 42°41′38″N 73°40′59″W / 42.69389°N 73.68306°W / 42.69389; -73.68306
Information
Type Private, College-prep
Motto Signum Fidei
(Sign of Faith)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
(Lasallians)
Patron saint(s) St. Jean Baptiste De LaSalle
Established 1850
Principal Dr. Paul Fallon
Faculty 52
Grades 6-12
Gender Boys
Enrollment 371 (2016-2017)
Student to teacher ratio 12:1
Color(s) Blue and White         
Athletics 14 interscholastic sports teams
Athletics conference NYSPHSAA Section 2 – Colonial Council
Sports Football, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Hockey, Indoor/Outdoor Track and Field, Lacrosse, Wrestling, Cross Country, Tennis, Swimming, Bowling
Team name "The Cadets"
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Newspaper The Cadet
Tuition $10,290 (6), $11,420 (7), $11,450 (8), $13,350 (9-11), $13,390 (12)
Athletic Director Andrew Santandera
Website

La Salle Institute (LSI) is an all-male private Catholic college preparatory school enrolling young men in grades six through twelve in North Greenbush, New York, United States. It is located within but operates independently of the Diocese of Albany. The current principal is Dr. Paul Fallon. Current tuition for the 2016-2017 school year is $10,290 (6), $11,420 (7), $11,450 (8), $13,350 (9–11), $13,390 (12). Enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year is 371 students.[2]

History[edit]

La Salle Institute was founded in 1850 and was originally located in downtown Troy. The school was first charted by the New York State Board of Regents in 1891.[3] In the 1960s a modern facility was constructed on Williams Road near the boundary between the city of Troy and the town of North Greenbush. The new campus opened in September 1966. A substantial renovation and expansion was completed in 2001.

Academics[edit]

Lasalle Institute has been recognized twice by the United States Department of Education as a School of Educational Excellence.[citation needed] La Salle Institute is recognized by the Middle States Association Commission on Secondary Schools.[citation needed] LaSalle Institute boasts a 100% College acceptance rate for students.[citation needed]

A diverse selection of honors and advanced placement classes are available, with select juniors and seniors also having the opportunity to enroll in courses at Hudson Valley Community College. In 2009, La Salle initiated a program called the "HVCC Dual Credit Program" to provide greater opportunities for students to receive dual high school and college credit for more than 20 electives, as well as courses in computer science, physics and calculus.

Except for physics, these courses are offered in addition to the electives and calculus courses already offered by La Salle. In order to accommodate the LaSalle program with HVCC, La Salle's schedule was adjusted to enable students to take courses at HVCC during either the first or last period of the school day. Almost 80% of seniors take advantage of the "HVCC Dual Credit Program".[citation needed]

Athletics Overview[edit]

La Salle is classified as Class AA, the highest classification in New York State, and offers thirteen sports, with a total of 25 teams, competing with schools within Section 2 athletics.

Varsity and JV Football[edit]

The football program has made the playoffs 12 times since 2000, with four sectional championships. The team runs a multiple offense, depending on talent year-to-year, and a 50 defense. Despite being a smaller school, La Salle Institute competes at the highest classification in the state, routinely playing schools with enrollments of 2000-plus students.

Varsity Wrestling[edit]

La Salle Institute offers wrestling as a winter sport option at the Varsity level with matches and practices held December through February. The wrestling team travels throughout the state and sometimes the country to compete.

Varsity, JV, and Freshman Basketball[edit]

The basketball program at La Salle Institute plays at the highest level offered by New York State, and competing in the Section 2 Tournament at the end of the season. Players are able to join Modified, Freshman, JV and Varsity teams. Basketball season runs from November to late February.

LaSalle offers Basketball Summer Camp every year to any boy entering grades 5 through 12 from July to August. Students get to interact with classmates as well as students from different grade levels.

Varsity, JV and Modified Baseball[edit]

LaSalle's baseball season runs throughout April and May, with Modified, JV and Varsity teams. Tryouts are held in late March, and games are played at the local Devil Cat’s baseball field.

Since 2005, Cadets Baseball has been one of only two Class AA Schools with multiple Section 2 championships, and the only Big Ten school with a sectional championship since 2000. In 2014, LaSalle's Varsity team won the league with an 11–1 record.

LaSalle has had five recent graduates get selected in the Major League Baseball Draft since 2012, the most of any high school program in Section 2: Sean Dewey '14 Toronto Blue Jays-2015, David Roseboom '10 NY Mets-2014, JP Sportman '10 Oakland Athletics-2014, Will Remillard '10 Chicago Cubs-2013, Zach Remillard '12 Houston Astros-2012.

Varsity Hockey[edit]

The hockey team at La Salle Institute boasts a competitive program offered at the Varsity level, playing in the Capital District High School Hockey League (CDHSHL). Practice and home games are held right at the HVCC hockey rink next door to LaSalle, where the team is given use of their locker room facility all season. Hockey is a full-time commitment at La Salle, with practice and games held six days out of the week. LaSalle had a historic year in 2000, where the Cadets won the NYS Championship, and head coach Tim Flanigan won Coach of the Year.

Guy Hebert, goalie for the Anaheim Ducks, got his start with the La Salle hockey team. In his sophomore year at Hamilton College he was drafted by the IHL for the St. Louis Blues in 1987, and became the Mighty Ducks’ first pick in their Expansion Draft in 1993. He stayed with the Ducks for seven seasons, and in 2000, he became the first Duck to play 400 games.

Varsity Lacrosse[edit]

The lacrosse team at La Salle Institute plays in the spring from early March through mid-May, and is offered at a Varsity, JV and modified level.

Varsity, JV and Modified Soccer[edit]

As a fall sport, the season runs from mid-August to late October. Player development begins at the Modified and Junior Varsity levels.

Varsity, Freshman and Modified Outdoor and Indoor Track and Field[edit]

Starting in mid-November, the Indoor Track season runs through early March with Freshman and Varsity teams.

Track events contested include the sprints (55m-400m), hurdles, middle distances (600m, 800m, 1000m), and distances (1600m, 3200m). Field events contested include the high jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault, shot put and weight throw.

La Salle belongs to the Tri-County Indoor Track League and competes locally at Hudson Valley Community College, Union College, RPI, Williams College and the University at Albany. The team also travels to invitationals in NYC at the Armory Track & Field Center on 168th St. in Manhattan, Providence, Dartmouth College and Yale University. The Indoor track program has won nine big 10 league titles, and finished second place another 4 times. Numerous La Salle athletes have qualified for the NYS Indoor Track Championship held every March at Cornell University.

Spring Track is an outside sport that continues after the Indoor Track season, beginning mid-March and running through early June. Unlike Indoor Track, there is a separate team for middle school boys against their age group, instead of competing with high school athletes.

Track events contested include sprints (100m-400m), hurdles, middle distances and distances. Field events contested include the high jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault, shot put, discus, javelin and hammer throw.

The team competes locally and at some outside area invitationals including the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. For the past 15 years, with co-host CBA, the team has put on the CBA/La Salle Relays on the 2nd Saturday of April. Many local schools compete at this early-season meet.

Spring Track is an outside sport that continues after the Indoor Track season, beginning mid-March and running through early June.

Track events contested include sprints (100m-400m), hurdles, middle distances and distances. Field events contested include the high jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault, shot put, discus, javelin and hammer throw.

The team competes locally and at some outside area invitationals including the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. For the past 15 years, with co-host CBA, the team has put on the CBA/La Salle Relays on the 2nd Saturday of April. Many local schools compete at this early-season meet.

Varsity, JV and Freshman Cross Country[edit]

Cross Country is a distance running sport with a season that stretches from mid-August through early November (Modified starts in September when school begins). The LaSalle cross country team has won six Big 10 League titles, and finished 2nd another six times.

Varsity Golf[edit]

The golf team at La Salle Institute is a small, close-knit group of 8 to 12 players competing at the Varsity level. Golf season runs from September through October. The team plays at Frear Park in Troy, a short drive from the school. In 2013, the team won the Big 10 tournament, and in 2012, they won Big 10 plus the league championship.

Varsity and JV Tennis[edit]

The tennis program runs from March to May, and is open to all students in grades 7 through 12.

Bowling[edit]

La Salle Institute offers Varsity-level bowling as a winter sport option, with a season lasting from mid-November to mid-March. The team bowls at lanes local to LaSalle, such as Uncle Sam Lanes in Troy, and travels to surrounding bowling alleys for away games.

The 2008–2009 bowling season was capped off with La Salle Institute winning the Big Conference for the first time in the since the 1990s.

Military[edit]

The LaSalle Army JROTC program has been an integral part of La Salle Institute since 1891 when the Cadet Battalion was first formed with 128 students. Today, the program is known as the Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Program. The program continues to play a vital role in the high school educational process at LaSalle.

Band[edit]

The music department has three major performing ensembles: The Cadet Blues Jazz Ensemble, the Symphonic Band, and the Middle School Band. Middle School Band is for students in grades 6–8. Symphonic Band is for students in grades 9–12 with the exception of advanced middle school students. The Cadet Blues Jazz Ensemble is for both high school students as well as middle school students who show advance skill in music. The Cadet Blues Jazz Ensemble have won awards at the New Hartford, Fonda, and Oneida Jazz Festivals. In past years they have also traveled to Berklee College of Musical High School Jazz Festival and participated in the Columbus Day Parade in New York City. La Salle annually holds their Christmas concert at the Troy Music Hall featuring all three bands.

Notable Awards

  • 2003 Second Place at Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival, Boston, MA
  • 2008 Gold Award at the Fonda-Fultonville Jazz Festival, Fonda, NY
  • 2008 Gold Award at the Oneida Jazz Festival, Oneida, NY
  • 2014 Gold Award at Fonda-Fultonville Jazz Festival, Fonda, NY
  • 2014 Gold Award at the Oneida Jazz Festival, Oneida, NY
  • 2014 Fifth Place at Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival, Boston, MA[citation needed]

Activities[edit]

  • The McCormick and O'Donovan drill teams are the two La Salle Institute drill teams. Led by 1SG's Smith and Peters, together they perform both school duties as well as competitions around the state and country. They are noted by their red cords and usually are the highest ranking students. Every day before school, both drill teams practice their drill routines.
  • The Color Guard are members of the student body who present the colors at sporting events, Masses and parades. Members are noted by their white cords.
  • The Rifle Club members are recognizable by their tan cords. They meet at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute range.
  • The Crimson Raiders meet weekly to discuss the weekly comings and goings and such.
  • The Student Senate representatives are elected at the beginning of each year. There are senators representing grades seven-through-twelve. The Student Senate runs fundraisers, intramural's and dances among other things at La Salle, and is very involved with service projects.
  • The Drama Club at La Salle puts on an annual performance in the spring. They have also had house style performances in past falls. Students in grades 9–12, along with girls from regional high schools have put on productions such as Spoon River Anthology, " "Harvey,""Dial M for Murder, and Sherlock Holmes and The Case of the Sign of Four Students who do not want to perform can still participate by being a member of the production crew which help with scenery, set-up, cleaning, curtain and lighting.
  • St. Mary's School in Kenya La Salle Institute along with other Lasallian schools across the country support and fund the St. Mary's School in Nyeri, Kenya. LSI holds clothing drives and a magazine drive to support the school in Kenya. La Salle Institute is the largest contributor to the St. Mary's School out of all Lasallian schools that donate. All the money raised from yearly magazine drive in February goes to support the school. La Salle is the only school/group participating the Reading at Home Fund-raising Program that donates all the money to a charitable cause outside of the school/group. Last year over $7,000 was raised. LSI also collects new or gently used clothing with a La Salle imprint/design on it for the children at St. Mary's. This year more than 10 boxes of clothing were sent.

Notable alumni[edit]

The following is an incomplete list of notable La Salle Institute alumni:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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