De Salle Lipa was built on a 5.9 hectare lot along the national highway. On January 1962, construction of the three one-storey wings of classrooms, a gymnasium-auditorium and the Brothers’ House began. During its first year, DLSL operated as the Boys’ Department of the Maryknoll Sisters’ Our Lady of the Rosary Academy (OLRA) with 221 students admitted from first to fourth year.
Three Brothers and seven lay teachers composed the first staff of the school. Br. Henry Virgil FSC was the first Director and Principal. On its second year of operations, the school obtained a temporary permit to operate as La Salle High School. During its fourth year operations, the school population more than doubled. In 1967, the elementary grades were opened, with Br. Vernon Mabile FSC as Principal.
In 1970, the school became known as De La Salle ng Lipa. Girls were first accepted in school year 1974-75. In the years that follow, the school’s incorporation papers and by-laws were amended. The school was officially registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission as De La Salle Lipa, Inc.
In school year 1982-1983, DLSL received its first High School PAASCU accreditation. In 1985, the College Department came into existence with an enrollment of 130 students. The College offered Bachelor of Science in Commerce Major in Business Management and Agribusiness Management. Because of the rapid growth of the institution in the nineties, it became necessary in 1993 to have a President. DLSL alumnus, Br. Narciso “Jun” Erguiza Jr. FSC, was appointed as the first President.
Br. Jun reorganized the administrative structure where the major academic and service departments became known as “units” and strategic directions were drafted and implemented, which emphasized the growing role of the college in the community.
After Br. Jun, Br. Rafael “Rafe” S Donato FSC led De La Salle Lipa on a massive physical plant development program which completely transformed the Institution. The elementary and secondary units were integrated into what is known as the Unified School. A graduate program, Master in Management Technology, was offered. Programs in Financial Management, Computer Engineering, Economics, Management Technology, Legal Management, and Certificate Courses in Entrepreneurship, Hotel and Restaurant Management and Information Technology were opened. In the later years, Psychology, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Communication, Mathematics, Nursing, Tourism, Entrepreneurship, Biology and Electrical Engineering were also offered.
After Br. Rafe retired in 2003, Br. Manuel “Mawel” Pajarillo FSC was installed as 3rd President of DLSL on 15 May 2003. Under Br. Mawel’s term, the grade school and the high school levels of the Unified School (re-named later as the Integrated School) received their Level 2 “clean” re-accreditation status for five years from PAASCU. The College, in its turn, submitted applications for the PAASCU accreditation of several programs. Thus, Business Management and Education were granted Level 1 accreditation status in 2005 while the rest had their preliminary visit the year after.
New facilities were built and information technology was improved. Wireless internet connectivity was introduced. In school year 2005-2006, changes in the school’s seal, visionmission statement, organizational structure and nomenclature were implemented in response to new changes in Lasallian education. In the same school year, Br. Mawel launched the Book Mobile Reading Program (BMRP), a bus converted into a moving library.
In SY 2010-2011, Br. Joaquin “Kenneth” S. Martinez FSC became the 4th President of De La Salle Lipa. During his time, physical renovation and maintenance of existing structures and landscaping significantly improved. Under Br. Kenneth’s term, the school sustained a carefully planned physical development of its learning spaces with a zoning scheme for the institution designating academic, institutional, athletic and open spaces.
It was also during his term when the institution opened its classrooms to the first batch of Senior High School students, two years ahead of the mandated implementation. Also, FAAP and PAASCU granted Level accreditation to the Integrated School and to the following College programs: Communication, Psychology, Biology, Mathematics, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship and Accountancy. DLSL Integrated School became the first in its category in the whole region to gain the recognition.