The New La Salle
In 1983, Bishop Louis Gelineau announced that two neighboring all-girls schools, St. Mary’s of the Visitation and St. Patrick’s High School, would be merged into La Salle Academy. For the first time in its history, beginning in the fall of 1984, La Salle Academy would be a coeducational school. La Salle’s student population quickly assimilated to the change and soon the school had its first female class president and class valedictorian. Three years later La Salle adopted the president-principal model of leadership for the school. Brother Jerome Corrigan became La Salle Academy’s first president and Brother Frederick Mueller took on the mantle of principal. The presence of young women at La Salle greatly added to its rich tradition. La Salle wouldn’t be the school it is today without the change. As Bro. Michael Mc Kenery, La Salle’s second president, stated: “I am more convinced than ever that coeducation was the right choice for La Salle at the right time.”
The distinguished history of La Salle Academy is filled with many memorable events and people, but the true greatness of the school is the tradition that is being added to, and strengthened, every day by the students who now walk its halls. La Salle’s tradition is alive and growing.