Bishop Noll Institute
|Bishop Noll Institute|
|1519 Hoffman Street
Hammond, Indiana, (Lake County), 46327
|Motto||Preparing Students Mind, Body, and Soul|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Authority||Diocese of Gary|
|Student to teacher ratio||14:1|
|Color(s)||Navy Blue and Gold|
|Athletics||12 Varsity Teams|
|Athletics conference||Greater South Shore Conference|
|Rival||Andrean High School|
|Average SAT scores||563 verbal
|Average ACT scores||22|
|Newspaper||The JourNoll, The MacDrosis Gazette|
|Athletic Director||Marianne Galfano|
The school opened as Catholic Central High School on September 16, 1921. It was founded by the Sisters of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. Reverend Father Lauer, who was pastor of the Saint Mary's Church in East Chicago at the time, allowed the sisters to use two classrooms as a temporary school until a proper building could be established.
In May 1922, the ground for a new school was broken on a purchased plot of land on White Oak Avenue between Hoffman Street and Chicago Avenue. However, the school's completion was delayed, and because Saint Mary's parochial grade school was accumulating higher enrollment numbers, five temporary structures were hurriedly constructed on the southwest corner of the school grounds. These served as the classrooms for the 1922-1923 senior class. Father P. J. Schmid was appointed as the school's director in 1922. The completed left wing of the building was dedicated later on September 9, 1923. An outdoor Mass, the first of its kind in the United States, was celebrated on a makeshift altar, bringing in 5,000 participants. The school was enlarged over the next ten years to include a convent, rectory, and gymnasium.
In 1963, the building was dedicated by the bishop of the time, Andrew G. Grutka, who laid the cornerstone of the new Bishop Noll Institute.
- Phil Ponce, local Chicago TV journalist
- Zbig Kepa (Class of 1975), offensive coordinator for the William & Mary Tribe football team
- Frank Reynolds, Television journalist
|This article does not cite any references or sources. (September 2012)|