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Our History, Our Future

We’re proud of our past and excited about our future. Since our incorporation in 1971, DeLaSalle has served more than 14,000 students who would face an uncertain future without competent reading, math, and employment skills.

2012

Construction begins on the Norman O. Sanders wing, named in honor of the school’s co-founder. The expansion and renovation project allowing increased capacity to serve our students is expected to be completed by the 2013–2014 school year.

2011

Through the generosity of our donors, the $6.2 million Capital Campaign was successfully completed. Leadership for campaign fundraising was provided by Honorary Chairmen William H. Dunn, Sr. and J. Philip Kirk and Chairman Charles W. Schellhorn. In addition, Greater Kansas City LISC and the Kansas City CDE provided an allocation of New Markets Tax Credits to DeLaSalle Education Center. The committee that negotiated the tax credit allocation was led by Frank McCarthy.

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2010

DeLaSalle becomes a charter school sponsored by the University of Missouri-Kansas City Charter School Center.

2007

DeLaSalle enhances its onsite mental health services, developing a “Team of Care” to provide mental health counseling services for students.

2004

The Inaugural Marjorie Durwood Grant Speaker Series is created to honor the dedication and philanthropic contributions of Marge Grant to DeLaSalle and our community.

1998

The Godfrey S. Kobets Legacy Society is established to honor members and friends of DeLaSalle who have remembered our students in their estate planning or through other forms of deferred giving.

1995

DeLaSalle assumed management of the Court’s Detention Center school located at 625 E. 26th Street in Kansas City, Missouri

1993

DeLaSalle assumed management of Hilltop School, a Jackson County Family Court school under contract with the Lee’s Summit School District.

1991

The first Annual DeLaSalle Movie Benefit presented by AMC Entertainment is held in conjunction with the opening of the AMC’s Ward Parkway Theatre.

1989

The U.S. Department of Education funds a four-year program, based on the DeLaSalle model, which results in the opening of more than 70 new alternative schools across the United States.

1985

DeLaSalle received a historic Missouri Attorney General’s ruling allowing our school to receive public school funding through contracting with public school districts in Missouri.

1979

DeLaSalle moved to the former Bishop Lillis High School facility, constructed in 1941, and located in Kansas City’s urban core on Troost and Forest Avenues between 37th and 38th Streets.

1971

DeLaSalle Education Center was founded by Godfrey S. Kobets. Our school first opened in the former residence of the Christian Brothers at 16th and Paseo with 15 students, loans and community support to pay the bills, and a strong belief that a solid education was the key to leaving behind a life of aimlessness and poverty.

DeLaSalle has received national recognition from the U. S. Department of Education and has assisted in the establishment of more than 70 alternative school programs throughout the country, including local programs at Alta Vista Education Center, Don Bosco Education Center, and Seton Education Center.

“At DeLaSalle, I have the opportunity to be whatever I want to be.”