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Union | DLS Magazine

"Union in a community is a precious gem, which is why our Lord so often recommended it to his apostles before he died. If we lose this, we lose everything. Preserve it with care, therefore, if you want your community to survive." ~ St. John Baptist de La Salle

Published twice a year, our Union magazine is an important way for our current and alumni families to stay in touch. We feature stories with current students, teachers, clubs, athletes, and more, and we share the latest news from our more than 10,000 living alumni. There are many ways in which De La Salle keeps that connection, that "union," strong, and this magazine is one great way in which we provide that in-depth look at the happenings on Winton Drive. We encourage you to flip through these pages and discover the latest news, programs, and updates from De La Salle High School.

Union Editor:
Rich Davi, Communications Coordinator
(925) 288-8148

Fall 2022 Union Magazine: Inside This Issue

In this edition of the Union, you will uncover a world that beats with a collective dedication to excellence. Excellence is far more inclusive than perfection because it is about a commitment to habit, and to intentional practices. You will read about students, staff, and alumni who are rooted in the choices it takes to be excellent; and not for glory’s sake. No, we know that our intentional choices toward excellence are rooted in our mission as a Lasallian Catholic school and the greater glory of God (sorry but I had to borrow from the Jesuits). You will discover that there is so much more intention about what we do and why we do it than meets the eye. Perhaps that is the secret sauce of De La Salle High School. 

This Union is also our annual report and I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the many in our Spartan community who have answered the call to support our young men, staff, and programs.

The Union will continue to provide you with a glimpse into the daily life here on campus and our Mission of producing Men of Faith, Integrity, and Scholarship.

In the pursuit of excellence at De La Salle High School, students can experience various educational experiences and activities to allow each student to achieve their goals in high school and beyond. The puzzle pieces show four students from all classes at De La Salle High School, while the adjoining pieces show a selection of the key locations on campus that help guide these students along their journeys

Commencement 2022
A traditional outside graduation was held in the football stadium for the second straight year. Graduating students and their families heard from first-year President, David Holquin, Vice President for Academic Life Dr. Heather Alumbaugh, Class of 2022 Salutatorian Scott Tomaszewicz, and Class of 2022 Valedictorian Zane Magannam.

Post Graduate Plans for the Class of 2022
For the class of 2022, 231 of 240 students made decisions to attend either a four-year or two-year school upon graduation from De La Salle High School. See where the Class of 2022 is attending college.

Faculty Recognition
De La Salle Alumnus and 31-year faculty member John Pelster ’87 was named the school’s Lasallian Educator of the Year. Retirees included Roger and Mary Hassett, Allan Hightman, Guillermina Oliva-Nicolson, Lynne Jones, and Dee Turrin.

A few “Words” from Spencer Shively
After 19 years as a faculty member in the Science Department, Spencer Shively began a new role at De La Salle in 2022 as the Vice President for Mission and Student Life. Spencer took some time to share his thoughts on his new role and how his time at De La Salle has shaped his vision for students at the school moving forward.

Terry Eidson: Distinguished Lasallian Educator
Terry Eidson was selected as the 2022 Lasallian Educator of the Year for the District of San Francisco New Orleans. In his 42 years at De La Salle, Terry has been the Director of Student Activities, the face of Campus Ministry, the Assistant Dean of Students, the Director of Athletics, and a football, baseball, and golf coach.

The Pursuit of Excellence
The centerpiece for this issue of the Union magazine, this article dives into the many ways that De La Salle High School pursues excellence and how it lives out its core values.

Welcome Additions
With the start of the 2022-23 school year, De La Salle welcomed 20 new faculty and staff members, which included three new positions, a Director of Communications, a Director of Admissions, and a Director of Student Activities while adding a new Vice President for Finance. Meet these new De La Salle employees.

Union Archives:

Fall 2022: "Pursuing Excellence"
Spring 2022: "Rooted in Relationships"
Fall 2021:
"Building Community"
Spring 2021: "Mark DeMarco Legacy"
Fall 2020: "Distance Learning"
Spring 2020: "What Makes Us Lasallian"
Fall 2019: "The Perfect Effort"

Spring 2019: "Les Hommes de Foi...Men of Faith"
Fall 2018: "Lasallians Without Limits"
Spring 2018: "Stewardship"
Fall 2017: "A New Generation"
Spring 2017: "Community"
Fall 2016: "Evolution"
Fall 2015: "Innovation"

Spring 2015: "Guided"
Special Edition: 50th Anniversary Special Edition
Fall 2014: "Instructed"
Spring 2014: "Loved"
Fall 2013: "What's in a Name?"


What's Happening Alumni?


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