Bishop Noll Institute

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Bishop Noll Institute
Seal of Bishop Noll Institute.png
1519 Hoffman Street
Hammond, Indiana, (Lake County), 46327
Coordinates 41°37′38.76″N 87°29′33.23″W / 41.6274333°N 87.4925639°W / 41.6274333; -87.4925639Coordinates: 41°37′38.76″N 87°29′33.23″W / 41.6274333°N 87.4925639°W / 41.6274333; -87.4925639
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto Preparing Students Mind, Body, and Soul
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1921
Authority Diocese of Gary
Superintendent Barbara O'Block
President Paul Mullaney
Principal Craig Stafford
Chaplain Kevin Scalf
Faculty 44
Grades 912
Enrollment 510 (2007)
Grade 9 137
Grade 10 133
Grade 11 132
Grade 12 109
Student to teacher ratio 14:1
Color(s) Navy Blue and Gold         
Athletics 12 Varsity Teams
Athletics conference Greater South Shore Conference
Mascot Warrior
Nickname Warriors
Rival Andrean High School
Average SAT scores 563 verbal
581 math
Average ACT scores 22
Newspaper The JourNoll, The MacDrosis Gazette
Yearbook The Marquette
Tuition $7,450
Athletic Director Marianne Galfano

Bishop Noll Institute is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Hammond, Indiana. It is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gary.


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.

It was renamed Bishop Noll High School in 1947, in honor of Bishop John F. Noll of the Diocese of Fort Wayne.

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.