Seton-La Salle Catholic High School

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Seton-La Salle Catholic High School
In Fide et Caritate
In faith and charity
1000 McNeilly Road
Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, (Allegheny County) 15226
United States
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Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Catholic
Established 1979
Founder Brothers of the Christian Schools and Sisters of Charity
President Position Empty
Principal Lauren Martin
Teaching staff 45
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 538 (2008)
Color(s) Green and Gold         
Team name Rebels
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Newspaper The Rebel Report
Yearbook The Sentinel
Tuition $2,678 (2014-15)
Dean of Students Michael Joyce
Admissions Director Cynthia Gilfoyle
Athletic Director Larkin Hogel

Seton-La Salle 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.


Seton-La Salle has been ranked among the top 50 Catholic high schools in the U.S.[2] The required courses at Seton-La Salle 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-La Salle 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-La Salle is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.[1]


Seton-La Salle 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

  • 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

New field on August 14, 2008

Seton-La Salle 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 La-Salle 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.

Fall Drama / Spring Musical

Seton-La Salle's fall dramas and spring musicals have enjoyed long successes. The Drama Department at Seton-La-Salle 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
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

  • Gino Gradkowski, starting center for the Baltimore Ravens. Gradkowski graduated from Seton-La Salle 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-La Salle'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.
  • 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-La Salle 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-La Salle in 1985.
  • Chelsa Wagner, Pennsylvania State Representative from the 22nd legislative district. Elected in 2006. Graduated from Seton-La Salle in 1995.
  • Jeff Brust, CEO of Brust Airways. Graduated in 2009.
  • 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-La Salle 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 Bishop of Diocese of Gaylord, MI. Previously, he was undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts in Rome and served as an adjunct spiritual director at 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.
  • Jay Moog, First Team Trap All-Star


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  2. Catholic High School Honor Roll
  3. SLSHS Program of Studies
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  5. "New Principal at Seton La Salle" (PDF). Seton La Salle. Diocese of Pittsburgh. Retrieved May 27, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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