Salesianum School

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Salesianum front sign, May 2007.jpg
1801 North Broom Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19802-2891
United States
Coordinates 39°45′39″N 75°32′58″W / 39.76083°N 75.54944°W / 39.76083; -75.54944Coordinates: 39°45′39″N 75°32′58″W / 39.76083°N 75.54944°W / 39.76083; -75.54944
Type Private
Motto Tenui Nec Dimittam
(I have taken hold and will not let go.)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
(Oblates of St. Francis de Sales)
Established 1903
President Brendan Kennealey
Principal Rev. Chris Beretta O.S.F.S.
Grades 912
Gender Boys
Enrollment approx. 1,100
Athletics conference Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association
Team name Sallies
Rival St. Mark's
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
Newspaper The Review
Yearbook The Salesian
Tuition $15,400 (2017-2018)[1]

Salesianum School is a Roman Catholic independent school for boys, located in Wilmington, Delaware. It is run independently within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington and is operated by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. The current enrollment is about 1,100 students, from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Salesianum has established a close connection with Lycée Saint Michel, another Oblate high school, located in Annecy, France.[citation needed] Salesianum was named one of the Top 50 Catholic High Schools in America by the Catholic Honor Roll in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.[5][6][7][8][9]


The 22-acre (89,000 m2) campus is home to the school itself as well as a gymnasium. In addition to the campus, the athletic program also makes use of Wilmington's Baynard Stadium located directly across from the school.


Salesianum School has won 153 Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) approved boys' state championships,[citation needed] winning its first state championship in basketball in 2014.[10]

Salesianum's historical rival is St. Mark's High School, which is located in suburban Wilmington. Their fall meeting in football is commonly referred to as "The Holy War".[11][12]

The soccer team won 11 state championships between 2002 and 2014, and in 2013 defeated Saint Benedict's Preparatory School, the national number one ranked high school program in the United States. They finished the season ranked as the number two high school team in the country.[13][14] The 2016 soccer team finished the season ranked sixth in the nation by USA Today on its final Super 25 Expert Rankings.[15]

The cross country team has won 37 of the 42 DIAA state boys' championships, losing only five years between 1972 and 2013.[16]

The Salesianum swimming team has won ten consecutive state boys' championships between 2005 and 2015 and 11 of the last 12 from 2005-2017[17]

Original location - 8th & West Streets
Front entrance


Salesianum (Latin for "House of Sales", referring to St. Francis de Sales) was founded in 1903 and was located at 8th and West Streets until the move to its current location in 1957. In 1950, Rev. Thomas Lawless, OSFS, a 1908 graduate of Salesianum, admitted five African American students four years prior to the Brown v. Board of Education decision which made it mandatory, thus making Salesianum the first racially integrated school in the state of Delaware. The school was recognized for this with a historical marker.[18]

In August 2012 the Wilmington/Philadelphia Province of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales published a letter stating, "Since 2004, the Wilmington/Philadelphia Province of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales has been named in lawsuits in the Superior Court of Delaware filed by 40 plaintiffs, each of which contained allegations of sexual abuse of a minor." The letter named 12 oblates who had been involved and expressed regrets, stating, "The abuse of children by priests and other clergy is shocking, reprehensible, and devastating to all whose trust has been shattered by their selfish deeds."[19] This followed a settlement in August 2011 of 39 lawsuits against the school and the order, with the order and its insurers paying $24.8 million to be shared between the plaintiffs.[20]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  4. ^ "Faculty Information - Rev. Christian Beretta, OSFS". Salesianum School. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 
  5. ^ "The Cardinal Newman Society > Error". Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
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  7. ^ "The Cardinal Newman Society > Error". Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  8. ^ "St. Thomas More and Salesianum named among top 50 Catholic High Schools for 2009". Hockessin Community News. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  9. ^ "The Cardinal Newman Society > Error". Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  10. ^ Greene, Sean (8 March 2014). "Salesianum wins 1st basketball championship". WDEL. Wilmington, DE. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  11. ^ Buzby, Jon (November 12, 2009). "As season comes ends, 3 local teams hope to play on". The Newark Post. Newark, DE. 
  12. ^ "State of Delaware - Sports". Archived from the original on August 19, 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Athletics / Fall Sports - Salesianum School". Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  14. ^ Bernstein, Jason (October 22, 2013). "St. Benedict's Prep winning streak ends at 71 games after 1-0 defeat to Salesianum of Delaware". Star-Ledger. Newark, NJ. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  15. ^ Super 25 Expert Rankings for 2016-17 Boys Soccer Week 13, USA Today. Accessed May 2, 2017.
  16. ^ "DIAA State Boys' Cross Country DI Champions" (PDF). Delaware Department of Education. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 12, 2012. 
  17. ^ "DIAA- Boys' Swimming & Diving Champions" (PDF). Delaware Department of Education. [permanent dead link]
  18. ^ Kenney, Edward L. (27 February 2006). "First to break the color line". The News Journal. Wilmington, DE: Gannett. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  19. ^ Greenfield, Very Rev. James J. (August 2012). "Healing Letter". Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, Wilmington-Philadelphia Province. 
  20. ^ "Oblates settle abuse suits, paying $24.8 million". National Catholic Reporter. Catholic News Service. August 22, 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
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  31. ^ BC. "Villanova Running: Vic Zwolak: Villanova's Only Individual Male XC Champion". Retrieved March 31, 2015. 

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