La Salle Institute is a seven year, private, Catholic, college preparatory school for boys and girls, proudly educating students in the Lasallian tradition for 170 years. It enjoys a long and rich history dating back to its founding in 1850 by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, and for many years it was located on Fourth Street in South Troy. Its purpose was to educate and support poor immigrant students from the grit of Troy, New York, and help them become moral, productive and honorable adults, who could take on challenges and become leaders in their communities.
In 1891, La Salle was chartered by the Regents of the State of New York, immediately attaining the highest academic diplomas awarded in the state. The military training program was added to the school that same year.