Notre Dame High School (West Haven, Connecticut)
|Notre Dame High School|
One Notre Dame Way
|Type||Independent, private, all-male college preparatory school|
|Motto||Educating Minds and Hearts in the Holy Cross Tradition|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Founder||Rev. John Heller|
|Color(s)||Green and Gold|
|Athletics conference||Southern Conn. Conference, Quinnipiac Division|
|Mascot||The Green Knight|
|Rival||West Haven Blue Devils|
|Accreditation||New England Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Publication||The Mind's Eye|
|School fees||$700 activity and e-textbook fee|
|Tuition||$15,550 (2019–2020 school year)|
|Affiliation||Brothers of Holy Cross|
Notre Dame High School was founded in 1946 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, the same religious institute that established the University of Notre Dame. The school's name derives from the French Notre Dame, meaning "Our Lady". Situated on a hill, the school originally comprised several buildings, one of which is Harugari Hall (now in the possession of the neighboring University of New Haven).
Announced in 2007, the new 28,000-square-foot Arts, Technology, and Spiritual Center was officially opened for the 2012-13 academic school year. On September 16, 2012, Reverend Henry J. Mansell, Archbishop of Hartford presided over the blessing and dedication of this addition, which houses the Saint Brother André Bessette Chapel, the Maureen and George Collins ’58 Auditorium, an enhanced Music Room (which includes practice rooms and a technology room),a new Library and Media Center, and a Technology Classroom.
In 2014, Notre Dame High School began raising funds for the "Field of Dreams" project, which aimed to create new football practice fields and renovate the outdoor track.
Administration and academics
Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford, Notre Dame is operated independently by the Congregation of Holy Cross. The school is run day-to-day on a Headmaster-Principal model. Notre Dame draws a diverse student body from across the New Haven County area and beyond. Its sister school is Sacred Heart Academy, located in Hamden, Connecticut. The teaching faculty is composed predominantly of laypeople, though there are still a handful of Brothers. Both "extended study" and "semester at college" programs are available to qualified students during their senior year.
Known as the "Green Knights," Notre Dame High School's athletes boast a rich tradition of success with notable football, ice hockey, baseball, golf, basketball, swim and track programs. The school also competes in wrestling, lacrosse, and most recently, crew. Notre Dame is a member of the Southern Connecticut Conference. Its gymnasium is decorated with several league and state championship banners and the names of All-State athletes.
Notre Dame announced the Chromebook Initiative in 2015, with Brian Footit leading the charge towards ChromeOS. Textbooks at Notre Dame will be available digitally. Notre Dame cited several key reasons for switching to Chromebooks:
- 1:1 Allows all students to have a consistent technology platform;
- Allows teachers to prepare lessons enhanced by technology;
- Facilitates the “flipped” model of learning outside of the classroom;
- Promotes the school's ability to deliver educational content to all students equally;
- Allows considerable savings in the purchase and utilization of e-textbooks.
- Tom Condon, Class of 1970 – Former NFL football player
- Daniel Cosgrove, Class of 1989 – Actor
- Matt DelGuidice, Class of 1985 – Former NHL hockey player
- John DeStefano, Jr., Class of 1973 – Former Mayor of New Haven, Connecticut
- Bob DuPuy, Class of 1964 – Former President and Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball
- Alan Catello Grazioso, Class of 1987 - Emmy Award winning nonfiction television producer, director and editor
- John Moffitt, Class of 2006 – NFL football player
- Leigh Montville, Class of 1961 – Journalist and columnist
- Wayne Pacelle, Class of 1983 – President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States
- John M. Picard, Class of 1983 – Mayor of West Haven, Connecticut (2005–2013)
- Nick Pietrosante, Class of 1954 – All-American for University of Notre Dame and NFL football player
- Tarek Saleh, Class of 1993 – Former NFL football player
- Tremont Waters, Class of 2017 – Former LSU point guard, drafted in the 2nd round of the NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics
- James J. Griffin, Class of 1967, Western and Texas Ranger Novelist
- Congregation of Holy Cross
- List of high school football rivalries (less than 100 years old)
- NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Archived from the original on 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
- "Notre Dame High School Athletics - Official Athletics Website". Notre Dame High School Athletics. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
- "Chromebook 1:1 Information Page". www.notredamehs.org. Retrieved 9 May 2019.