Fr. John Birkenheuer, OSFS was a man of many talents who served at Salesianum for 41 years. As a basketball coach, a Latin teacher, a man for all seasons and consummate Salesian gentleman, Fr. Birkenheuer was well loved by students he taught, coached, and counseled in his many years of service to Salesianum. After he died in 1994, the school gymnasium was named in his honor. The members of Birkenheuer House are among the most spirited in the school, continuing Fr. Birkenheuer’s tradition of unwavering Salesian optimism.