La Salle Institute was founded in 1850 and was originally located in downtown Troy. The school was first charted by the New York State Board of Regents in 1891. In the 1960s a modern facility was constructed on Williams Road near the boundary between the city of Troy and the town of North Greenbush. The new campus opened in September 1966. A substantial renovation and expansion was completed in 2001.
La Salle Institute has been recognized twice by the United States Department of Education as a School of Educational Excellence. La Salle Institute is recognized by the Middle States Association Commission on Secondary Schools. La Salle Institute boasts a 100% College acceptance rate for students.
A diverse selection of honors and advanced placement classes are available, with select juniors and seniors also having the opportunity to enroll in courses at Hudson Valley Community College. In 2009, La Salle initiated a program called the "HVCC Dual Credit Program" to provide greater opportunities for students to receive dual high school and college credit for more than 20 electives, as well as courses in computer science, physics and calculus.
Except for physics, these courses are offered in addition to the electives and calculus courses already offered by La Salle. Almost 80% of seniors take advantage of the "HVCC Dual Credit Program".
La Salle is classified as Class AA and offers thirteen sports, with a total of 25 teams, competing with schools within Section 2 athletics. Its athletics include varsity, JV and modified football, wrestling as a winter sport option, basketball and basketball summer camp, baseball, hockey in the Capital District High School Hockey League (CDHSHL), lacrosse, soccer, outdoor and indoor track and field, cross country, golf, tennis and bowling as a winter sport option.
The La Salle Army JROTC program has been an integral part of La Salle Institute since 1891 when the Cadet Battalion was first formed with 128 students. Today, the program is known as the Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) Program.
The music department has three performing ensembles: The Cadet Blues Jazz Ensemble, the Symphonic Band, and the Middle School Band. Middle School Band is for students in grades 6-8. Symphonic Band is for students in grades 9-12 with the exception of advanced middle school students. The Cadet Blues Jazz Ensemble is for both high school students as well as middle school students who show advance skill in music. The Cadet Blues Jazz Ensemble have won awards at the New Hartford, Fonda, and Oneida Jazz Festivals. In past years they have also traveled to Berklee College of Musical High School Jazz Festival and participated in the Columbus Day Parade in New York City. La Salle annually holds their Christmas concert at the Troy Music Hall featuring all three bands.
2003 Second Place at Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival, Boston, MA
2008 Gold Award at the Fonda-Fultonville Jazz Festival, Fonda, NY
2008 Gold Award at the Oneida Jazz Festival, Oneida, NY
2009 Bronze Award at the Canadian Jazz Flute Festival, Lake Placid, NY
2014 Gold Award at Fonda-Fultonville Jazz Festival, Fonda, NY
2014 Gold Award at the Oneida Jazz Festival, Oneida, NY
2014 Fifth Place at Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival, Boston, MA
The McCormick and O'Donovan drill teams are the two La Salle Institute drill teams. Led by 1SG's Smith and Peters, together they perform both school duties as well as competitions around the state and country. They are noted by their red cords. Every day before school, both drill teams practice their drill routines.
The Color Guard consists of members of the student body who present the colors at sporting events, Masses and parades. Members are noted by their white cords.
The Crimson Raiders meet weekly to discuss the weekly comings and goings and such.
The Student Senate representatives are elected at the beginning of each year. There are senators representing grades nine through twelve. The Student Senate runs fundraisers and dances among other things at La Salle, and is very involved with community service projects.
The Drama Club at La Salle puts on an annual performance in the spring. They have also had house style performances in past falls. Students in grades 9-12, along with girls from regional high schools have put on productions such as Spoon River Anthology, " "Harvey,""Dial M for Murder, and Sherlock Holmes and The Case of the Sign of Four Students who do not want to perform can still participate by being a member of the production crew which help with scenery, set-up, cleaning, curtain and lighting.
St. Mary's School in Kenya La Salle Institute along with other Lasallian schools across the country support and fund the St. Mary's School in Nyeri, Kenya. LSI holds clothing drives and a magazine drive to support the school in Kenya. La Salle Institute is the largest contributor to the St. Mary's School out of all Lasallian schools that donate. All the money raised from yearly magazine drive in February goes to support the school. La Salle is the only school/group participating the Reading at Home Fund-raising Program that donates all the money to a charitable cause outside of the school/group. Last year over $7,000 was raised. LSI also collects new or gently used clothing with a La Salle imprint/design on it for the children at St. Mary's. This year more than 10 boxes of clothing were sent.
The following is an incomplete list of notable La Salle Institute alumni: