De La Salle: Working for their education

St. Mary’s coach Paul Coughlin almost felt guilty after the Crusaders defeated De La Salle North Catholic 3-2 in the 3A/2A/1A boys soccer playoffs Tuesday. Coughlin was impressed with the Knights on the field, but more so what he learned of the players and what they do off the pitch. The coach said the Portland school only takes kids under the poverty line — the school’s website describes the students as underserved — and they must work five days a month in a job share program. The money they earn goes to their college preparatory education. The school opened in 2001 and is modeled after Cristo Rey Jesuit High in Chicago.

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