“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Wilmington in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Salesianum School

Salesianum School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, November 7, 2008
1. Salesianum School Marker
Inscription. Salesianum School, a Catholic high school for young men, stood at 8gh and West Streets from its founding in 1903 until its move to this location in 1957. The original "House of Sales" was pioneered by Rev. Charles Fromentin, Rev. James Isenring and Rev. Louis Jacquter, priests in the order of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, which has owned and operated the school and maintained a community presence for more than one hundred years. Salesianum quickly developed a reputation as a leader in academics, athletics, and the performing arts, graduating young men who would go on to prominence in the professions, business, education, church, and military. In 1950, Rev. Thomas A. Lawless, OSFS, a 1908 graduate of Salesianum, admitted five African American students, four years prior to the Brown v. Board of Education decision made it mandatory. "I see nothing to apologize for other than the fact it wasn't done years ago," Father Lawless said of his decision. For over a century, Salesianum has continued to educate students irrespective of religion or ethnic background to live in the example of the gentleman saint, Francis de Sales. From the original twelve students in 1903 to the thousands of alumni who have since studied under the Oblates, Tenui Nec Dimittam remains true to this day.
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Salesianum High School image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, November 7, 2008
2. Salesianum High School
Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-148.)
Location. 39° 45.642′ N, 75° 32.937′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on N. Broom St. near W. 20th Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wilmington DE 19802, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. African American Medal of Honor Recipients Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sugar Bowl (approx. half a mile away); Site of Gilpin Mills (approx. half a mile away); John McKinly (approx. half a mile away); Shiloh Baptist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Frank E. Schoonover Studios (approx. 0.6 miles away); Richard Bassett (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wilmington.
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