Salesianum School

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Salesianum front sign, May 2007.jpg
Tenui Nec Dimittam
I have taken hold and will not let go.
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
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
(Oblates of St. Francis de Sales)
Established 1903
President Brendan Kennealey
Principal Christian Beretta
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 $13,700 (2014-2015)

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 just about 1,000 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.[4][5][6][7][8]


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 143 Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) approved boy's state championships,[citation needed] winning its first state championship in basketball in 2014.[9]

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".[10][11]

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 and finished the season ranked as the number two high school team in the country.[12][13]

The cross country team has won 37 of the 42 DIAA state boy championships, losing the championship only five years between 1972 and 2013.[14]

The Salesianum swimming team has won ten consecutive state boys championships between 2005 and 2015.[15]

Student clubs and activities[edit]

Original Location - 8th & West Sts
Front entrance

Salesianum students can participate in many academic, artistic, service clubs, and activities, including National Honor Society and Model United Nations. Salesianum also recently started an advanced physics program known as taCOSΘ which provides Advanced Placement students with the opportunity to interact with those who are in need of assistance in their studies of physics. Salesianum's Life Smarts team has represented Delaware at the national competition each year from 2006 to 2015.[citation needed]The Model United Nations team won the title of World Champions at the Global Classrooms Model UN Conferences in New York City in 2007 and 2008.[16] Individual members of the team consistently win national and international debates every year.[17][18]


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, and recently was recognized for this with a historical marker.[19]

In August 2012 the Wilmington/Philadelphia Province of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales published a letter stating that "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 that "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."[20] 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.[21]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  3. ^ "Faculty Information - Rev. Christian Beretta, OSFS". Salesianum School. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 
  4. ^ "The Cardinal Newman Society > Error". Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
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  9. ^ Greene, Sean (8 March 2014). "Salesianum wins 1st basketball championship". WDEL (Wilmington, DE). Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Buzby, Jon (November 12, 2009). "As season comes ends, 3 local teams hope to play on". The Newark Post (Newark, DE). 
  11. ^ "State of Delaware - Sports". Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
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  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ "DIAA State Boy's Cross Country DI Champions" (PDF). Delaware Department of Education. 
  15. ^ "DIAA- BOYS Swimming & Diving Champions" (PDF). Delaware Department of Education. 
  16. ^ "On Campus - Activities - Academic -". Salesianum School. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  17. ^ "Salesianum’s Model U.N. team shines at NAIMUN, HENMUN Conferences". Salesianum School. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  18. ^ "Model UN Oct. 2013". Salesianum School. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  19. ^ Kenney, Edward L. (27 February 2006). "First to break the color line". The News Journal. Wilmington, DE: Gannett. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  20. ^ Greenfield, Very Rev. James J. (August 2012). "Healing Letter". Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, Wilmington-Philadelphia Province. 
  21. ^ "Oblates settle abuse suits, paying $24.8 million". National Catholic Reporter. Catholic News Service. August 22, 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  22. ^ Patrick George. "Alumni profiles". Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Alumni". Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  24. ^ assistant commanding general to Joint Special Operations Command
  25. ^ "U.S. Navy Biographies - REAR ADMIRAL TIM SZYMANSKI". Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
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  27. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes - Awards". Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  28. ^ Patrick George. "Alumni profiles". Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  29. ^ "Alumni". Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  30. ^ BC. "Villanova Running: Vic Zwolak: Villanova's Only Individual Male XC Champion". Retrieved March 31, 2015. 

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