La Salle College High School

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La Salle College High School
File:La Salle College High School Logo.svg
Virtus et Scientia
"Character and Knowledge"
8605 Cheltenham Avenue
Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, (Montgomery County) 19038
United States
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Type Private
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) St. John Baptist de La Salle
Established 1858
Oversight Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools
CEEB Code 393370
President James L. Butler
Principal Michael O'Toole, '68
Chaplain Anthony Janton,'69
Staff 101.3 (FTE)[1]
Grades 912
Gender Boys
Enrollment 1084 [1] (2014-2015)
 • Grade 9 303
 • Grade 10 271
 • Grade 11 255
 • Grade 12 255
Student to teacher ratio 10.7
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
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Publication Gazebo (literary magazine)
Newspaper Wisterian
Yearbook Blue and Gold
Tuition $21,200 (2015-16 Year)

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]


Notable alumni

J. Burrwood Daly 1890 US Congressman from Pennsylvania
August B. Cifelli 1943 justice, Supreme Court of Michigan[citation needed]
Paul Arizin 1946 member, Basketball Hall of Fame
Tom Gola 1951 Member, Basketball Hall of Fame
John Lehman, Jr. 1960 Secretary of the Navy (1981–87) and Member of the 9/11 Commission
Chris Matthews 1963 television commentator on Hardball, syndicated columnist — San Francisco Examiner
Rear Adm. John B. Foley III 1965 Former Commander Atlantic Fleet Surface Force (COMNAVSURFLANT), U.S. Navy (Retired)[citation needed]
Michael McGinniss 1965 president La Salle University
Chuck Zapiec 1967 PA Sports Hall of Fame, Penn State All-American Linebacker & Professional Football Player
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
Joe McKeehen 2009 The 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event winner.[4]
George T. Kenney 1975 Former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from the 170th district
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
Michael J. Stack, III 1982 Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania[citation needed]
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



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