De La Salle Announces New Leadership Roles

NEW ORLEANS – De La Salle High School announced that Paul Kelly, De La Salle class of 1983, has been named president. The announcement was made by Herb Anderson, chairman of the board of trustees. Details were shared in a press release.

Kelly has served as principal since January 2015 and succeeds Michael Giambelluca, who resigned this month. 

A 1987 cum laude graduate of Tulane University, Kelly received his master of arts in English at McNeese State University in 1998. Named to the Samford University Athletics Hall of Fame, Kelly began his career at De La Salle in 2012, when he returned as the boys’ basketball coach and English teacher. He and his wife have four children, the youngest a junior at De La Salle.

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Under his leadership, De La Salle has experienced a 70 percent increase in the number of students taking AP exams and a near 40 percent increase in the total number of 4s and 5s achieved on these tests.  

According to Board Chairman Anderson, “The De La Salle community looks forward to working with Paul, as he has been an enthusiastic leader for the past five years. His character reflects the principles of the Christian Brothers and represents the highest standards of education.”

Today, Anderson also announced that Perry Srygley Rogers has been named principal, succeeding Kelly. Rogers is a 1993 summa cum laude graduate of Lipscomb University, and in 1997 earned her Master of Arts in teaching at Tulane University. Rogers has a long history with De La Salle, having first taught there from 1997-2000, returning in 2011, and serving as assistant principal since 2018. Rogers also is coordinator of Mid-City Ministries, a nonprofit youth development program. She has three children.

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According to Brother Donald Johanson, FSC, leader of the Christian Brothers San Francisco-New Orleans District, “De La Salle’s 70-year-old history is strong. Both Mr. Kelly and Ms. Rogers embrace the vision of the board, and they will continue to focus on our strategic plan, providing the best Lasallian Catholic education for our students.”

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De La Salle is a member of the international network of Christian Brothers Schools, which locally includes De La Salle, Rummel, St. Paul on the Northshore, and Christian Brothers School in City Park. The Lasallian mission embodies the vision and innovative spirit of founder Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the patron saint of teachers, and centers on Catholic values, personal relationships and academic excellence. 

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