First I am also a RCHS graduate. Both have had struggles. Roman has survived and flourished. Why? Because the Alumni and Administrations have so much pride and spirit that they won't let the school die. The Alumni and Administration work together. They have goals and the commitment to achieve those goals. I never doubt anything they say because they will get it done.
Look at the map. They have acquired property in the area. They have developed contacts in the Business Community as well as Politics. They raise money from a lot of sources. Nothing is too small.
A couple of years ago, they announced the plan to become tuition free. That goes back to the roots of Roman when John Cahill (and his wife who completed the construction after he died) founded the school. I have no doubt they will raise the $100+ million endowment.
What does this have to do with La Salle? I see similarities. I know what Roman is and has done. La Salle could take some lessons from them. This is no indictment of the current administration but a definite shot at past administrations. Our endowment is painfully low. Word was we struggled funding the last couple of new construction projects. In my opinion, The Office of Development was a fraud. They didn't know where the "stones" were yet alone turn them over. Finally, it boggles my mind that a school that was established over 150 years ago has about a dozen alumni chapters across the country.
The current administration has made massive changes in the last couple of years. Hopefully the changes all bear fruit.( I am thrilled that Admissions are through the roof.) They only have to look down Broad Street to see the plan and the rewards.
That's refreshing and terrific news! Especially when you consider that it was just the late 1980s when stories were circulating about the school possible closing and "How do we keep it open until the 100th anniversary?" It would've been tragic to lose a gem like Roman Catholic.
I have heard that with the incoming Freshman class that Salesianum will be up to 1100 boys in the Fall. Like 1/3 of their boys are from Chester and Delaware Counties. Salesianum has been very successful at raising money and also having legacy students.