A history o the monikers used by the different La Salle High SchoolsOriginally Posted by Joescoundrel
De La Salle-Santiago Zobel's varsity team was first officially known as the "Green Bengals," with its mascot being the Battlin' Bengal. This identity was designed and proposed by Brother Raymond Bronowicz FSC, who was the first Brother-Director of the school at that time. He decided that the school should adopt its own unique identity per the practice of the different De La Salle schools at that time: La Salle Green Hills were the Rangers and De La Salle Lipa were the Dragons then the Stallions. The adoption of a new mascot was not welcomed by the studentry since a majority came from the grade school in the main campus in Manila and they were used to being referred to as the "Junior Archers."
In 1997, the Board of Trustees of the school, led by its then President-Mr. Lamberto de Ocampo, elected to officially call De La Salle Zobel's varsity team as the Junior Archers.
History with the UAAP
The Junior Archers, together with the De La Salle Green Archers, joined the UAAP in 1986, when De La Salle University-Manila (DLSU) picked De La Salle Zobel to be its representative in the Junior (High School) division. De La Salle Zobel was chosen, in spite of La Salle Green Hills being DLSU's junior representative in the NCAA from 1968 to 1981, because DLS Zobel was then designated as DLSU's official grade school and high school. De La Salle University-Manila's High School was phased out in 1968 while its grade school was phased out in 1984.
From the time that the Junior Archers joined the UAAP in 1986 until it won its very first basketball championship in Season 68 (2005-06), the Junior Archers' achievements was considered to be moderate at best. The team never finished last, but outside of 1993, when the Junior Archers made it to the finals, but it never finished in the top two as well.
During UAAP Season 68 (2005-06), the Junior Archers won its first UAAP Junior Basketball title when it swept the UPIS Junior Maroons, 2-0. It was also De La Salle's first EVER Junior title in either the NCAA or the UAAP since 1955, when the De La Salle Green Robins of the then existing De La Salle College High School in Taft Avenue, Manila led by De La Salle basketball great—Kurt Bachmann, won 1955 NCAA Junior Basketball championship.
After its year-long suspension in UAAP Season 69 (2006-07) due to the ineligibility scandal that rocked the whole Lasallian community, the Junior Archers, together with their seniors counterparts the De La Salle Green Archers, won the "double championship" in men's basketball the next season. The Junior Archers swept the defending champions Ateneo de Manila Blue Eaglets to claim their second juniors basketball title in three years.
History with the WNCAA
The De La Salle Lady Junior Archers have been the WNCAA Junior Division Champions for eight straight years, from 1993 to 2000 and again in 2004.