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President's Welcome

Welcome to De La Salle High School!

July 1, 2021

Dear De La Salle Families:

As I begin my time serving De La Salle as its president, I extend my warmest wishes and sincere prayers to you and your family. 

The Founder of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, St. John Baptist de La Salle, wrote, “You can do more with the grace of God than you think.” He captured quite well what the last year and a half has been like for our entire world, and specifically De La Salle High School. Rooted in faith, De La Salle has done remarkably well. Through perseverance and never giving up on what makes this community special, our educators and students dug in deep. Our Lasallian educators accomplished more than can be enumerated through this global pandemic, and the resilience of our young men to bounce back from adversity with grit and determination is humbling. 

I have spent the last few months learning from former president Mark DeMarco ’78, the President’s Cabinet, and other members of the school team to ensure a smooth transition. The opportunity I have had to meet some of the boys has been heartening--you can tell the love they have for their school, one another, and the Brotherhood we hold so dear--and I am very excited to get to know you. 

I also want to encourage all of us to be patient with one another as we begin school and throughout the year. We all lack the muscle memory of beginning a school year “normally”, and so we are all a little out of practice. Having said that, our priorities never change and our focus is always clear: providing our young men with the tools to be better and stronger than they thought possible; to love, guide, and instruct each young man; and to build a community in ways only De La Salle High School can. Join me in reflecting on all that we have survived (though sadly some of us lost much more than others during this pandemic), and in giving thanks for this community. We each have much for which to be grateful and I, for one, am grateful to be joining you. 

On behalf of the President’s Cabinet, I very much look forward to getting to know you and partnering with you to continue to provide an education focused on faith, scholarship, integrity, and brotherhood.


David J. Holquin