1960s to the Present
Salesian spirit remained vigorous in the 1960s, as curricular innovation continued. Salesianum became one of the first schools in the state to run a full-circuit T.V. station on campus. An exchange program with sister schools Ursuline and Padua Academies – which continues to this day – provided ample opportunities for students to hone their social skills. New activities grew, including an award-winning Model United Nations team and Academic Challenge. Always a state athletic powerhouse in track and swimming, Salesianum consistently added successful new sports teams through the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, including, wrestling, soccer, lacrosse, volleyball and ice hockey.
Throughout this postwar period of great social and cultural change, the Oblates and their colleagues worked to adapt to a complex environment. The number of Oblates on staff markedly declined after the Second Vatican Council, while the lay faculty expanded significantly. Enrollment remained near 1200 until the late 1980s.
In 1997, under the leadership of Father Thomas Curran, O.S.F.S., the second President of Salesianum, a new strategic plan called for the renovation and enhancement of the school building on Broom Street. Between 1997 and 2005, over $15 million dollars were raised and used to redesign the athletic fields, renovate the Birkenheuer Gymnasium, construct the Abessinio Science Center, build the Laffey-McHugh Fine Arts Center, create several computer laboratories and update technology school wide.
In 2005, Father James Dalton, O.S.F.S., became Salesianum’s third president. Under his leadership, the dining center was renovated, and the Marian Garden was constructed between the chapel and the faculty residence.
In 2011, Brendan Kennealey ’94 was appointed the fourth president of Salesianum, making him the first lay president in school history. Mr. Kennealey oversaw the finale of Taking Hold: The Campaign for Salesianum, which raised $8 million for the scholarship endowment and construction of the Anthony N. Fusco, Sr. Athletic Center.
In 2013, a new institutional plan was introduced, which will increase diversity and student financial aid, maximize campus safety, initialize curriculum updates and provide facility upgrades including a new library and auditorium.