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.

History of La Salle Green Hills

1958-1968: Formative Years

  • June 1959 – Opened its doors to two preparatory sections and one section each for the grade 1 and 2 levels, with Br. Alphonsus Bloemen, FSC as the first Director.
  • February 1961 – Groundbreaking ceremony for the first permanent school building led by Br. Celba John, FSC, the last of the pioneer Brothers who came to the Philippines in 1912
  • August 1964 – Opened its doors to high school students, with Br. Dominic Aquinas, FSC at the helm as Principal. Blessing of the newly-constructed grade school building. 
  • 1967 – Started the construction of the St. Benilde Hall – a fitting memorial to St. Benilde (Peter Romancon). Completed in 1969.
  • 1968 – Graduated its first high school batch, known as the Primus Batch.

1969-1979: Development Era

  • November 1973 – High School underwent its first formal Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) accreditation.
  • March 1974 – Grade School received its formal PAASCU accreditation. Appointed its first lay principal, Dr. Estrella Castañeda, AFSC, the following school year.
  • 1978 – Established the Adult Night High School (ANHS), providing a free five-year terminal high school program to underprivileged adults, 18 years old and above.

1980-1990: Growth and Expansion

Implemented the Special Tracking System (STS), a curricular scheme combining the academic set-up of the tracking system and the flexible schedule of the modular system, to strengthen curricular offerings and address varied needs and abilities of students. 

  • 1982 – Introduced the Special Pull-out Program (SPOP) for the academically gifted students in the grade school. Introduced Kindergarten 1 in the preschool program the following school year.
  • 1985 – Implemented the IB program which prepared students for the IB Certificate exams. Discontinued in 1989.
  • 1986 – Initiated the first institutional reach-out for social concern involving students from public schools, residents of depressed barangays and other communities.
  • 1984 & 1986 – St. Benilde Hall served as headquarters of the National Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) Operation Quick Count.
  • 1988 – Appointed its first lay High School Principal, Mrs. Maria T. Pilapil.

1990-TODAY: Infrastructure Expansion, Academic Innovations, Accreditation Upgrade

Infrastructure Expansion

In 1995, La Salle Green Hills inaugurated the new high school building named in honor of St. Mutien Marie FSC. Other expansions include the new St. La Salle building for the grade school, the local area networking of the whole campus, the upgrading of the Br. Gilbert Cotter football field, the construction of the Fr. Martinez Activity Center, the air-conditioning of all the high school classrooms, and the construction of a study hall named after Mr. Cesar A. Cruz, a former high school assistant principal.

Academic Innovations

Innovative programs like the Learner-Centered Learning Environment (LCLE) and the Information and Communication Technology (ICT), among others, were introduced to make classroom activities more interactive, to help students think critically and analytically and to promote the inherent value of collaborative activities and projects. Enrichment programs were also offered, including the Mandarin language; a portfolio system, which involves collecting student outputs from kindergarten to high school, was similarly introduced to evaluate students’ progress.

Accreditation Upgrade

In 2008, the Grade School Department was granted Level III re-accredited Status by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP), making it the first-ever recipient of such honor. Both the Grade School and the High School Departments have always been granted 5 to 7 year-accreditation by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU).

LSGH installs new president 

La Salle Green Hills officially sworn in its 11th President, Br. Edmundo L. Fernandez FSC, and conferred the title of President Emeritus on Br. Victor A. Franco FSC during an investiture and conferment ceremony held on February 28, 2020 at the St. Benilde Gym. 

The historic event commenced with a Eucharistic celebration presided by Fr. Louie Punzalan, SVD and concelebrated by Fr. Aristotle Dy, SJ. The institutional event, witnessed by esteemed guests from the Board of Trustees; De La Salle Philippines; EDSOR schools; Alumni Board; Parents Association; family members; and the LSGH community, marked the first time in the school’s 60-year history that a new president, duly selected by the Brother Visitor, with the concurrence of the LSGH Board of Trustees, was formally installed and an immediate past president was conferred the title of President Emeritus.

Investiture

“Br. Dodo brings personal and professional qualities of the highest order to his new position. He is an experienced administrator whose career has given him personal knowledge of the challenges facing all levels of education,” said DLSP President Mr. Edgar O. Chua, presenting Br. Dodo with the President’s Medallion to mark his official installation, leadership and authority. 

Aside from the medallion, Br. Dodo received another traditional symbol – the Presidential Mace. Br. Victor A. Franco, outgoing LSGH President, presented Br. Dodo with the mace which serves to underscore the new president’s authority “to exercise programs and execute policies, upon the direction of the Board, for the welfare of the members of the school community”. Br. Felipe C. Belleza Jr. FSC, past president and the Auxiliary Visitor of the Lasallian East Asia District, administered the oath of office to Br. Dodo. 

Prior to his investiture as the school’s 11th president, Br. Dodo held numerous positions in different Lasallian schools and served as the Visitor of the Legacy Philippine District from 2004-2011 and Brother Visitor of the seven-country Lasallian East Asia District (LEAD) for two consecutive four-year terms (2011-2019). 

In his inaugural address, Br. Dodo talked about the need to (1) constantly review our maps; (2) engage our Lasallian Associates; and, (3) clean up and modernize our hardware in view of the many challenges which need to be addressed. 

Br. Dodo ended his inaugural address by saying that “we need to reimagine La Salle Green Hills education” and we should walk together “to face our challenges and find solutions and give the best kind of Lasallian education our students deserve.” 

Conferment 

Following his formal installation as the school’s 11th President, Br. Dodo then led the conferment of Br. Vic, presenting him with the President Emeritus Medallion in recognition of his important role as the school’s 10th president. Mr. Juanito B. Gervasio, the immediate past Chair of the LSGH Board of Trustees, presented Br. Vic with a plaque inscribed with the Board Resolution of Conferment for the title of President Emeritus. 

LSGH @ 60 Inspiration and Gratitude 

As we marked our 60th founding anniversary, we have so much to be thankful for. 

The whole day celebration dubbed, “LXGH: Animnapung Taong Animo: Pasasalamat at Inspirasyon,” held last February 10, 2020 and attended by the retirees and the LSGH community, resonated with inspiration, gratitude and nostalgia, a fitting tribute  to our 60th year, made doubly significant as it coincides with the celebration of St. John Baptiste De La Salle’s 300th death anniversary. 

We have indeed come a long way – from a young school that offered admission to preparatory and grades 1 and 2 levels in 1959 to a thriving school that has fully transitioned to the K to 12 set-up. 

In sixty years, the Brothers have transformed a remote six-hectare property in Ortigas into a bustling landscape dotted with facilities and structures for learning. In sixty years, we have graduated 20, 278 high school students who distinguished themselves in a wide array of careers. 

Indeed, our 60th we owe to all the Lasallian Brothers who continue to sow the seeds for the Lasallian ministry of Christian education and to the men and women of La Salle Green Hills, past and present, who are wellspring  of inspiration and gratitude.