La Salle High School (Cincinnati, Ohio)

La Salle High School (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Infobox School
name = La Salle

imagesize = 240 × 210 pixels
caption = New logo, circa 2004
motto = “Strong Hearts, Strong Minds, Strong Leaders”
established = September 6, 1960
type = Private, college preparatory
religion = Roman Catholic
affiliation = Christian Brothers
authority = Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati
grades = 9th-12th
principal = Mr. Thomas Luebbe '73
gender = Male
athletics = Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross-Country, Football, Golf, Ice-Hockey, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, and Wrestling
conference = Greater Catholic League South
colors = Scarlet and White
patron = St. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle
mascot = The Lancer
city = Cincinnati
state = Ohio
country = USA
telephone = 513-741-3000
website =
newspaper =

La Salle High School is a Catholic parochial high school in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

The school was opened September 6, 1960 and named in honor of Jean-Baptiste de la Salle, a French priest and educational reformer. The school was officially dedicated May 14, 1961. It was founded by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.


Lancers receive a Lasallian education based on the teachings of St. John Baptist de La Salle. He grasped the utter importance of an education and devoted his life to making schools available to young men who would have been deprived of this opportunity. St. John Baptist de La Salle perpetuated his vision that a complete education should include the person's body, mind, and spirit by founding the Brothers of Christian Schools. The Christian Brothers are the largest teaching order in the Catholic Church specifically devoted to the Christian education of youth.

Numerous capital improvements have occurred at La Salle High School since 1960. Some of these include the following events. In 1974 an annex was added to the building for the band and wrestling programs. In 1979 athletic fields were constructed behind St. Joseph Orphanage. The gym was renovated in 1986 and the computer lab in 1989. In 1991 Lancer Stadium was built. New science labs were created in 1992. New computer labs were completed in the west wing of the building in 1994. In 1997 the new De La Salle Memorial Center opened to house the Pride of La Salle Band and facilities for year-round athletic conditioning. The renovation of the original classrooms began in 2000, along with the creation of a fourth computer lab. In 2001, a fifth computer lab was added along with the renovation of the entire visual arts learning area. In 2002, the faculty room was renovated. In 2004, a new wing containing our De La Salle Chapel, science labs, and library/media center opened; other improvements in 2004 included the construction of our wonderful courtyard, expanded parking and site work, a new educational resource center, and renovated physics labs. In 2007, a renovation was done to the Lancer Athletic Complex, Lancer Stadium received artificial turf, the press box was rebuilt and expanded, and tennis courts. All of which was paid for by private donations. One big donation in particular came from Former Cincinnati Reds Owner Margaret Unnewehr Schott Lancer Sadium is now home to Marge Schott Field. La Salle's 46-year history is rich in tradition and success. The La Salle Alumni Association was established in 1969. Lancer alumni number more than 9,000 and support one of the most active alumni associations in the city. At La Salle, academic and co-curricular successes are evident in scholarships and grants earned. The first graduation La Salle Class of 1964 received scholarships valued at $24,000; the La Salle Class of 2005 graduates earned scholarships and grants valued at $6,620.000.


The curriculum is accredited by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association. Curriculum levels are Honors Program studies, Advanced College Preparatory studies, College Preparatory studies, and Individualized studies.

La Salle is a Catholic, all-male, college-preparatory, comprehensive high school in Cincinnati, Ohio. Founded in 1960 by the Christian Brothers, La Salle remains consistent in its teachings that are based on the educational principles of St. John Baptist de La Salle. Our goal is to encourage each student to develop his maximum potential: spiritually, morally, academically, socially, physically, and emotionally.

Students who, as freshmen, begin in either the Honors (HP) or Advanced College Prep (ACP) level (as determined by their freshman English placement) are required to include at least 2 consecutive credits of the same foreign language during their freshman and sophomore years as part of the 27.5 minimum graduation credits. All other students who choose to start a foreign language are required to earn at least two consecutive credits of the same foreign language as part of the 27.5 minimum graduation credits. There may be additional requirements at a specific academic level. Graduation requirements may be subject to change.

Every senior is required to make a La Salle sponsored closed retreat. Also, each student is required to do a minimum of 40 total hours of Christian Service outside of regular school hours in order to graduate. At least 20 of those hours need to be Red Christian Service hours. "Red Christian Service" involves working for the homeless, poor, crippled, sick, elderly and all those struggling at this point of their lives. The remaining hours can also be Red Christian Service hours or they can be White Christian Service hours. "White Christian Service" involves activities such as work at parish, festival, park, La Salle, and other community related activities. Students are also required to pass all five (writing, reading, mathematics, citizenship, and science) parts of the Ohio Graduation Test in order to receive a diploma.

School Traditions

La Salle is rich in many school traditions. Some of which are community wide where others school wide. One of the largest and most well recognized is the La Salle Canned Food Drive. The origin of the Canned Food Drive goes back to 1970. The original drive was done by the men of La Salle taking total responsibility to help the less fortunate. In 1998, in an effort to have the community join us in this truly Lasallian tradition, we began our "Truck Full of Love" canned food drive. La Salle had traditionally collected approximately 30,000 cans for the less fortunate. In 1998, it was decided to take this effort to the next level. A 53-foot semi-trailer was parked in front of the school to challenge the young men of La Salle and the surrounding community to fill the trailer. Our initial goal was 50,000 cans. That was achieved in 1998. Each year since, it has grown, and in 2004-2005 it once again set a new record for collections as we topped the 75,000 can mark.

Other school traditions include: The Lancer Day Games, La Salle Car Show, and the Student Raffle.


tate Championships

The Lancers compete in the Greater Catholic League GCL The Lancers compete in the following sports Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross-Country, Football, Golf, Ice-Hockey, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, and Wrestling.

Known as "The Big Red Express" La Salle Cross-Country has won district, sectional and city-wide titles in every year since 1993.

Team State Championships

* Basketball - 1994,1996 cite web|url=|title=Yappi Sports Basketball D1|accessdate=2007-02-12|author=Yappi]
* Cross Country - 2005, 2006 cite web|url=|title=Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site|accessdate=2006-12-31|author=OHSAA]
* Track and Field - 1994 cite web|url=|title=Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site|accessdate=2006-12-31|author=OHSAA]

Individual State Championships

* Bowling - 2007
* Cross-Country - 1993, 1999, 2000, 2001
* Swimming-1 Meter Diving - 1994
* Track-1600m - 1994, 1995, 2007
* Track-3200m - 2000
* Track-Pole Vault - 1991, 1993, 2004
* Wrestling - 1976

Extracurricular Activities

La Salle High School students have a choice from a wide variety of extracurricular activities to continue to enrich themselves before and after school. See for a full listing.



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