Notre Dame High School (West Haven, Connecticut)

Notre Dame High School (NDWH) is a private, Roman Catholic, all-male college preparatory school located in West Haven, Connecticut, a coastal suburb of New Haven, Connecticut.

Notre Dame High School
One Notre Dame Way


United States
Coordinates41°17′16″N 72°57′39″W
TypeIndependent, private, all-male college preparatory school
MottoEducating Minds and Hearts in the Holy Cross Tradition
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
FounderRev. John Heller
PresidentRobert Curis
Enrollment550 (2019)
Color(s)Green and Gold         
Athletics conferenceSouthern Conn. Conference, Quinnipiac Division
MascotThe Green Knight
NicknameGreen Knights
RivalWest Haven Blue Devils
AccreditationNew England Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
PublicationThe Mind's Eye
YearbookThe Shield
School fees$700 activity and e-textbook fee
Tuition$15,550 (2019–2020 school year)
AffiliationBrothers 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.[2] Its gymnasium is decorated with several league and state championship banners and the names of All-State athletes.

Chromebook Initiative

Notre Dame announced the Chromebook Initiative in 2015, with Brian Footit leading the charge towards ChromeOS. Textbooks at Notre Dame will be available digitally.[3] 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.

Notable alumni

See also


  1. NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Archived from the original on 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  2. "Notre Dame High School Athletics - Official Athletics Website". Notre Dame High School Athletics. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  3. "Chromebook 1:1 Information Page". Retrieved 9 May 2019.
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