Founded in 1959 by the La Salle Brothers, the school has become a landmark in the field of education, an institution known for its high standard of excellence in all areas of endeavor. La Salle Green Hills stands on a 6-hectare piece of prime property along Ortigas Avenue in Mandaluyong.
Jean Baptiste de La Salle
The history of La Salle Green Hills started more than three hundred years ago in France when a French priest, Jean Baptiste de La Salle, gave up high social and ecclesiastical position and family wealth to dedicate himself to the neglected youth of his day by establishing an institute of religious teachers.
- 1661, St. John Baptist de La Salle was born in Rheims, France.
- May 1684, St La Salle founded the Fratres Scholarum Christianarum (FSC) or Institute of the Brothers of Christian Schools whose purpose was to give Christian Education to children especially the children of the artisans and the poor.
- 1719, death of John Baptist de La Salle
- 1900, canonization of St La Salle
- 1950, St La Salle was proclaimed Patron of all Teachers. Today, there are around 6,000 Christian Brothers in more than 80 countries teaching and managing schools. In the Philippines, they are known as De La Salle Brothers.
Brief History of La Salle Green Hills
In the Early 1950s, the Brothers of De La Salle College-Manila led by Brother H. Gabriel Connon FSC, acquired a six hectare lot on Ortigas Avenue in Mandaluyong City to relocate the De La Salle Novitiate from Baguio and to accommodate increasing requests for admission to the then De La Salle Grade School on Taft Avenue, Manila.
In July 1959, La Salle Green Hills (then spelled La Salle – Green Hills) opened its door to two preschool-level sections and one section each for elementary school units one and two. Its first Brother-Director was Brother Alphonsus Bloemen FSC who first came to teach in De La Salle College in Manila in 1940.
On August 24, 1960, La Salle Green Hills, Inc. was registered as non-stock, non-profit corporation with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In August 1964, the high school was established.
In 1968, when the De La Salle High School – Manila was made defunct, graduates of the De La Salle Grade School were transferred to the La Salle Green Hills High School, making La Salle Green Hills the high school of De La Salle University – Manila, until the establishment of the co-educational De La Salle-Santiago Zobel School in 1978. The De La Salle Grade School – Manila was phased-out in 1984, after which its grade school graduates were given an option to study either at LSGH (for northern and central Metro Manila residents) or at De La Salle Zobel in Ayala Alabang Village (for southern Metro Manila residents).
La Salle Green Hills was first accredited by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities or PAASCU in 1971 and was given a three-year accrediting grant. La Salle Green Hills received three-year accreditations again in 1974 and 1977. After which, La Salle Green Hills was given a better five-year grant in 1982 and 1987 after two accrediting visits. Accrediting visits in 1991 and 1998 were given seven-year accreditations making it the first and only high school in the Philippines to be granted two seven-year accreditations. After the seven-year accrediting grant that was given to La Salle Green Hills in 1998, the school was surveyed on September 2005 and was granted a five-year accreditation.
In June 2008, the La Salle Green Hills Grade School was granted a Level III accreditation by PAASCU, making it the first and only school in the Philippines certified as such. And in late 2008, the High School was granted Level III accreditation from the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines, the highest accreditation given to any basic education institution in the Philippines.
On June 8, 2009, La Salle Green Hills celebrated its golden jubilee, and in 2011 celebrated together with the rest of the De La Salle schools in the Philippines the centennial celebration of the De La Salle Brothers in the Philippines.
Vision – Mission
La Salle Green Hills is a Lasallian Catholic educational institution that is internationally recognized, learner-centered, and service-oriented in pursuit of social transformation.
In pursuing the mission, La Salle Green Hills professes to:
- Promote the development of spiritual and moral values;
- Respect the individuality of each person and the totality of his human potential;
- Pursue a relevant and excellent academic program;
- Develop social responsibility for national development; and
- Promote the enrichment of Filipino culture and the growth of an interdependent global community.