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De La Salle High School
Les Hommes De Foi
"Men of Faith"
Address
1130 Winton Drive
Concord, California, (Contra Costa County), 94518
 United States
Coordinates 37°56′04″N 122°01′53″W / 37.934415°N 122.031279°W / 37.934415; -122.031279Coordinates: 37°56′04″N 122°01′53″W / 37.934415°N 122.031279°W / 37.934415; -122.031279
Information
Type Private, All-Male
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Established 1965
Founder Saint John Baptist de La Salle
CEEB Code 050662
President Mark DeMarco
Dean Joe Aliotti and Bob Guelld
Principal Br. Christopher Brady
Asst. Principal MaryAnn Lemire-Mattos;
Jack Dyer
Grades 9-12
Enrollment approx. 1,000 (2008)
Campus size 19 acres
Color(s) Green White and Silver             
Slogan Enter To Learn Leave to Serve
Athletics conference CIF North Coast Section
Mascot Spartan
Accreditation(s) Western Association of Schools and Colleges [1]
Average SAT scores 1139
Average ACT scores 24.7
Newspaper Spartan Spotlight
Yearbook The Odyssey
Dean of Students Joe Aliotti
Admissions Director Joe Grantham
Athletic Director Leo Lopoz
Activities Director Terry Eidson
Website

De La Salle High School is a private, Catholic, all-boys school in Concord, California, United States. Located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland, the school was founded in 1965 as a Lasallian institution. De La Salle currently enrolls just over 1,000 students, and roughly 98% of each graduating class goes on to attend a university or college. It is home to the Spartans, and its colors are green and silver. The school motto is "Les Hommes De Foi", or "Men Of Faith." The school's principal is Brother Christopher Brady. The deans are Mr. Turon Ward, and Mr. Tyler Hawkins. Dane De Polo is head of admissions. And Dante Marchetti is the director of team managers.[2]

There are six main class periods, plus an optional "zero" (In the morning) and 7th period at the end of the day. Every student wishes to have Mr. Gregory Brown Davis (BD) for a teacher. All classes are held Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, and last roughly 45 minutes. "Block days" are most Wednesdays and Thursdays. On Wednesdays, periods 1, 3, 5 and 7 meet for about 80 minutes, and on Thursdays periods 0, 2, 4, and 6 meet for about 80 minutes. Students take most of their classes at De La Salle, but classes can be taken at Carondelet

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Athletics

Fall Winter Spring
Cross Country (Freshman-Sophomore, JV, V) Basketball (V, JV, Green, Silver) Baseball (V, JV, Silver, Green)
Football (V, JV, Freshman) Soccer (V, JV, F) Rugby (V, JV, F)
Water Polo (V, JV, Freshman-Sophomore) Wrestling Track and Field (V, JV)
Golf (V, JV)
Lacrosse (V, JV, FS)
Swimming and Diving (V, JV)
Tennis (V, JV)
Volleyball (V, JV)
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Football

De La Salle High School has long been recognized nationwide for its extraordinary football tradition. The team, currently coached by Bob Ladouceur (the greatest man to walk the halls of De La Salle both as an educator and a coach), owns the national record 151 game winning streak spanning from 1992 to 2003, more than doubling the previous record of 72. The streak ended when they were defeated by Bellevue High School in Bellevue, Washington on September 4, 2004. De La Salle finished the 2007 football season 13-0.[3]

During the span of the 151-game winning streak, De La Salle was named national champion in seven different years; once by ESPN (1994), five times by USA Today (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003), and once by the National Sports News Service (1999). The Spartans have been named national champions by ESPNRISE.com (formerly Student Sports) six times, including four straight years (2000-03).[4] They've also been honored as the top team in California 12 times (1992, 1994-2003, 2007) and competed in 25 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) North Coast Section (NCS) championship games with 23 victories (12 of which were attained during the 151 game winning streak).[4] For the 2008-2009 school year, La Salle was ranked the 18th best high school football team in the country by USA Today, the 37th by ESPNRISE, the 19th by MaxPreps, and the 14th by Sports Illustrated.[5]

The De La Salle football team was the subject of two 2003 books. One Great Game: Two Teams, Two Dreams, in the First Ever National Championship High School Football Game by Don Wallace and follows the undefeated 2001 season and national championship showdown with Long Beach Polytechnic High School,[6] and splits its focus between the schools. The second book entitled When the Game Stands Tall is by Contra Costa Times sportswriter Neil Hayes, who tagged along with the team for practices, games and meetings during its undefeated 2002 season. The foreword was written by former Oakland Athletics manager Tony LaRussa. Don Wallace also wrote about De La Salle and Ladouceur in an article called "The Soul of a Sports Machine." published in the October 2003 edition of Fast Company magazine.

The football team played for the 2009 state championship bowl game on Saturday night, December 19, 2009 at the Home Depot Center. De La Salle defeated Crenshaw 28-14 to win the state title.[7]

Notable Players & Coaches

The Christian Brothers

The Christian Brothers, who established and run the school were founded in 17th century France by Saint Jean-Baptiste de la Salle who was a pioneer in education. De La Salle was declared a saint by the Catholic Church on 24 May 1900; in 1950 Pope Pius XII declared De La Salle to be a patron saint of teachers in Catholic schools. Prior to Jean-Baptiste it was common to educate boys of different ages in the same classroom, and instruction was often in Latin. De La Salle had his teachers instruct in the language of the students and divided students into forms according to age and ability; though these practices are standard today, they were considered revolutionary in the 17th century. De La Salle also made education available to the average child rather than only those from wealthy families.

Jean-Baptiste had a very simple version of what education should achieve: that the graduates of his educational establishments would be mature, responsible members of society and of the Church. Thus, as a Lasallian school, De La Salle Concord has an obligation to make a difference in the life of each student so that when he graduates he will serve his fellow human beings graciously and lovingly. By the Lasallian philosophy which binds all the Brother's schools, the members of DLS Concord are called to cooperate with one another in a spirit of trust and care. Education is to be practical, comprehensive and accessible to everyone. Additionally, Lasallian schools are to actively express Catholicism's commitment to the poor and disadvantaged members of society. This is done through having students spend time in such places as soup kitchens, helping the elderly and participating in summer mission projects as well as raise funds in times of natural disaster.

The Brothers' community at DLS Concord is part of the District of San Francisco, which educates over 10,000 students in the states of Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington.[8]

Campus Ministry and Spirituality

In the minds of the Brothers "For Lasallian establishments to be the living expression of the Good News, they must be places for dialogue in truth, freedom, and hope." [9] This means that the Campus Ministry department, under the leadership of Mr. Roger Hassett, is charged with ensuring that the Gospel of Christ is kept at the heart of everything which happens at DLS Concord. For the Lasallian school, a holistic approach to education is essential and should not be solely academic or physical, but include the spiritual and social.

Freshmen are introduced to the concept and experience retreat as a year group, spending the day together. Sophomores focus on the social justice aspect of the Gospel by working in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco. Juniors participate in a 2 day residential which concentrates on making good moral decisions. Seniors take part in a 4 day residential retreat which seeks to have them deepen their faith by examining their relationship with themselves, with others and with God.

Throughout the academic year students and staff have the opportunity to gather for prayer before school commences, to participate in the celebration of the Eucharist and to pause for prayer and reflection before classes. Those students wishing to further their spiritual development may participate in the Lasallian Youth movement. The school also runs father/son and parent/son retreats each year.

De La Salle Concord sponsors Nativity school in Shinara, Eritrea. Members of the upper school may also participate in 'Ven a Ver' (Come & See) which involves spending 5 days with the disadvantaged people of Salinas or Tijuana. [10]

There are many ways for students to express their faith at De La Salle. There is mass 5-7 times a year where all the students and faculty come together to pray as one. Each class begins class with formal prayer along with time for intentions.

Notes

Further reading

  • Hayes, Neil (2003). When the Game Stands Tall: The Story of the De La Salle Spartans and Football's Longest Winning Streak. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books. ISBN 1583940863. 

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