Seton-La Salle Catholic High School

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Seton La Salle
Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, (Allegheny County) 15226
United States
Coordinates 40°23′18″N 80°1′30.5″W / 40.38833°N 80.025139°W / 40.38833; -80.025139Coordinates: 40°23′18″N 80°1′30.5″W / 40.38833°N 80.025139°W / 40.38833; -80.025139
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto In Fide et Caritate
(In faith and charity)
Religious affiliation(s) Catholic
Established 1979
Founder Brothers of the Christian Schools and Sisters of Charity
Oversight Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh
Superintendent Dr. Michael A. Latusek
President Mr. Thomas Datillo
Principal Mrs. Lauren Martin
Chaplain Father Jack Demnyan
Teaching staff 45
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 538 (2008)
Color(s) Green and Gold         
Mascot Rodney the Rebel
Team name Rebels
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Newspaper The Rebel Report
Yearbook The Sentinel
Tuition $9,650 Catholic students $10,250 Non-Catholic (2015-16)
Admissions Director Suzie Talerico
Athletic Director William DaBaldo

Seton LaSalle Catholic High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.

In 2016, under the direction of new school board President Tom Datillo, Seton LaSalle simplified the format of its name, changing the school's name from "Seton-La Salle Catholic High School" to "Seton LaSalle Catholic High School". However, the original format is still displayed prominently in several places, including the front of the building, and the title of this article.


Seton LaSalle has been ranked among the top 50 Catholic high schools in the U.S.[2] The required courses at Seton LaSalle build upon state-mandated courses. Instruction is provided to students in three tracks: Honors, Academic, and General. Also, 16 AP courses are offered.[3] The grading system at Seton LaSalle is similar to some other high schools (especially Catholic high schools) in that an "A" is rewarded for work that receives a 93% through 100%. Also, Seton LaSalle is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.[1]


Seton LaSalle is a member of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) and the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) District Seven. The school competes athletically at the WPIAL "AA" level.


Baseball, Basketball (Boys & Girls), Bowling (co-ed), Cheerleading, Crew (co-ed), Cross Country (Boys & Girls), Fencing (co-ed), Football, Golf (Boys & Girls), Lacrosse (Boys & Girls), Soccer (Boys & Girls), Softball, Swimming (co-ed), Tennis (co-ed), and Volleyball (Boys & Girls).

Rebels Fight Song

Fight Rebels, Fight

Fight for the green and the gold

Fight to win this game

With mighty hearts and voices

Cheering you on

On to spread your name

Turn your foes go on to

Conquer new heights

Spread your glorious name

So fight, fight, fight,

Mighty Rebels tonight

Victory is our aim

List of athletic championships[edit]

  • PIAA Team Championships
Gender Sport Year(s)
Boys Basketball 1988
Girls Basketball 1984, 2012, 2014
Boys Soccer 2006, 2008
  • WPIAL Team Championships
Gender Sport Year(s)
Boys Lacrosse 2013
Boys Baseball 1995
Girls Basketball 1983, 1984, 2000, 2011, 2012
Boys Football 1979, 1980, 1990, 2002, 2004
Boys Soccer 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2015
Girls Soccer 1988
Girls Softball 1983, 1984
Girls Volleyball 2007
Boys Hockey 1980,1998

Rebel Athletic Field[edit]

New field on August 14, 2008

Seton LaSalle Catholic High School has completed phase one of its athletic field renovation.

Phase II of the project will consist of a field house, toilets and concession stand along with new bleachers and field lights. Phase II will be completed once sufficient funds have been received.

Already, the field is being used by at least 14 of the school’s athletic teams, and for physical education classes, plus is used by area grade schools and other community groups.


At least 94 percent of SLS students are involved in at least two or more activities.[citation needed] These activities provide students the opportunity to develop healthy interpersonal relationships.


Seton LaSalle High School has always prided itself on the quality of student newspapers it printed. In the 2003-2004 term, a record 7 issues were published, with the final edition being 24 pages long. The last issue, Issue 7, was a 24-page issue culminating the year with two full page spreads, including the senior spotlights.

In 2008, the Seton LaSalle student newspaper switched from print circulation to online distribution. The new online newspaper is entitled The Rebel Report.

Fall Drama / Spring Musical[edit]

Seton LaSalle's fall dramas and spring musicals have enjoyed long successes. The Drama Department at Seton LaSalle High School is arguably the most popular extra-curricular activity that SLS offers. In the spring, a musical is offered by audition for two consecutive weekends.

Because of its popularity, the musical auditions have traditionally been very competitive. However, opportunities abound for all students to participate in many areas of this art; including stage crew, set directors, hair and make-up stylists, to help create the magnificent shows SLS is well known for.

School Year Fall Drama Spring Musical
2016-2017 Get Smart Leader of the Pack
2015-2016 A Midsummer Night's Dream Copacabana
2014-2015 Stage Door Little Shop of Horrors
2013-2014 You Can't Take it With You Man of La Mancha
2012-2013 The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet Jesus Christ Superstar
2011-2012 The Canterville Ghost Pippin
2010-2011 The Crucible South Pacific
2009-2010 4 One Act Comedies: Two Fools Who Gained a Measure of Wisdom, Vocal Work, The Mail Order Sheriff of Robbers' Roost, The Jeweler's Shop Bye Bye Birdie
2008–2009 Pride & Prejudice Into The Woods
2007–2008 The Odd Couple Barnum
2006–2007 The Matchmaker Godspell
2005–2006 3 Shorts: Goldilocks on Trial, The Marriage Proposal, Final Dress Rehearsal Leader of the Pack
2004–2005 Nicholas Nickleby Once Upon a Mattress
2003–2004 The Song of Bernadette Bells Are Ringing
2002–2003 3 Shorts: The Ugly Duckling, Victor Kugo in Rehearsal, A Night in the Country, and Christmas on Erie Street Damn Yankees
2001–2002 The Great All-American Musical Disaster Miss Liberty
2000–2001 A Comedy of Errors and Shaw's, and Androcles and the Lion Oklahoma
1999–2000 Unknown Grease


The school was formed in 1979 through the merger of two predecessor schools, South Hills Catholic High School, which was an all-male school run by the Christian Brothers, and Elizabeth Seton High School, an all-female school run by the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill.[4]


  • Mrs. Lauren Martin, 2011–Present[5]
  • Mr. Tony Chiappetta, 2010–2011
  • Sister Patricia Laffey, SC, 2005–2010
  • Dr. Wayde Killmeyer, 2002–05
  • Mr. James L Palmer, 1999-01
  • Mr. Richard Zanella, 1997–99
  • Mr. John T. Kennedy, (SHC '69) 1996-97
  • Bro. John Crawford, FSC, 1993–96
  • Bro. Richard Grzeskiewicz, FSC, 1985–93
  • Bro. Joseph Mahon, FSC, 1979–85

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Gino Gradkowski, starting center for the Baltimore Ravens. Gradkowski graduated from Seton LaSalle in 2011.
  • Tom Donahoe, former GM and president of the Buffalo Bills, and former director of football operations of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Head coach of Seton LaSalle's to back-to-back WPIAL football championships in 1979 and 1980. Graduated from South Hills Catholic 1965.
  • Patrick Donahoe, 1973, the 19th deputy postmaster general and COO of the US Post Office.
  • Esteban, (Stephen Paul) eclectic master guitarist graduated from South Hills Catholic in 1966.
  • Stephen Flaherty, American composer of musical theater (best known work - Ragtime (musical)), from South Hills Catholic in 1978.
  • David Morehouse, President of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL and former advisor to President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore. Graduated from South Hills Catholic in 1978.
  • Robert Coury, CEO of Mylan Pharmaceutical. Graduated from South Hills Catholic in 1978.
  • Patrick Kist, Sr. VP, UPS Ground, graduated in 2007.
  • D. Michael Fisher, Federal Judge on the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Formerly served as a state representative and senator, then as Pennsylvania Attorney General from 1997-2003. Graduated from South Hills Catholic in 1962.
  • John Friel, CEO and President of Medrad Inc., a worldwide leading provider of medical devices and services used in diagnostic imaging. Accepted the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award from President George W. Bush in March 2004. Graduated from South Hills Catholic in 1971.
  • Bruce Gradkowski, quarterback for the University of Toledo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders, Cincinnati Bengals, and currently the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gradkowski graduated from Seton LaSalle in 2001.
  • Billy Hartung, Broadway actor, dancer, and singer.
  • Donald Lee, executive director of the movie World Trade Center (film). Graduated from South Hills Catholic in 1973.
  • Suzie McConnell Serio, Head Coach of University of Pittsburgh women's basketball team, former head coach of Duquesne University women’s basketball team. Former coach of the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx where she won the 2004 WNBA Coach of the Year. Former professional basketball player with the Cleveland Rockers of the WNBA. Member of the gold medal-winning U.S. women's basketball team in the 1988 Summer Olympics, and earned a bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics. Member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Graduated from Seton LaSalle in 1984.
  • Kathy McConnell-Miller, head coach of the University of Colorado Buffaloes women's basketball team. Previously served as head coach at the University of Tulsa. Graduated from Seton LaSalle in 1985.
  • Kevin Salvadori, former North Carolina Tar Heels basketball, member of 1993 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship team and NBA star. Graduated from Seton LaSalle in 1989.
  • Jim Sweeney, played in the NFL from 1984-1999 with the New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, and Pittsburgh Steelers. Graduated from Seton LaSalle in 1980.
  • Chelsa Wagner, Pennsylvania State Representative from the 22nd legislative district. Elected in 2006. Graduated from Seton LaSalle in 1995.
  • Michael Wagner, President/Owner of Target Freight Management in South Park, PA. TFM was named the fastest growing company in Pittsburgh with a 3-year growth rate of over 2,200% in 2012. Graduated from Seton LaSalle in 1997.
  • Maria Alsatti [1], ESHS, opera soprano, and highly sought-after teacher both privately as well a faculty member for Western Europe's premiere musical theater school, The Performing Arts Studios Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
  • Dianne McKenna, ESHS 1961, former Mayor and City Council Member of Sunnyvale, CA from 1977–1984, and a member of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (SCCBS), serving from 1985-1996.
  • Bernard Hebda, SHC 1977 Archbishop of Saint Paul-Minneapolis, MN. Previously served as Co-Adjutor Archbishop of Newark, NJ and as Bishop of Diocese of Gaylord, MI. Prior to his appointment in Gaylord, he served as undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts in Rome and as an adjunct spiritual director at the North American College, and as a confessor for the postulants of the Missionaries of Charity, and for the sisters of that community working at a home for unwed mothers.
  • Timothy Wiwel: Notabl founder of the printing company "TMW enterprise" and graduate of University of Pittsburgh . Currently working for Lenovo formally worked for IBM.


  1. ^ a b MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  2. ^ Catholic High School Honor Roll
  3. ^ SLSHS Program of Studies
  4. ^ "History". Official website. Retrieved 2014-06-02.  External link in |website= (help)
  5. ^ "New Principal at Seton LaSalle" (PDF). Seton LaSalle. Diocese of Pittsburgh. Retrieved May 27, 2011. 

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