St. John Baptist de la Salle
The Christian Brothers arrived at West Philadelphia Catholic Boys High School in 1927. They are the spiritual descendents of St. John Baptist de la Salle, the patron Saint of teachers. La Salle was the son of aristocratic parents, and had the opportunity for an excellent education and went on to be ordained a priest. He fully intended to work among the wealthy people of his area throughout his career. Unexpectedly, De La Salle’s life changed dramatically. A promise to a dying friend to assist a group of Sisters in their work with orphan girls brought De La Salle to education. Further assistance to a friend starting a school for poor boys in Rheims solidified his true vocation as an educator, an endeavor which would consume his entire life.