Institute of Notre Dame

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Institute of Notre Dame
IND enter.jpg
Entrance to the Institute of Notre Dame
901 Aisquith Street
Baltimore, Maryland, (Baltimore City), 21202
United States
Coordinates 39°18′2″N 76°36′6″W / 39.30056°N 76.60167°W / 39.30056; -76.60167Coordinates: 39°18′2″N 76°36′6″W / 39.30056°N 76.60167°W / 39.30056; -76.60167
Type Private, All-Female
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1847
President Dr. Mary Funke
Principal Kathy Casey
Asst. Principal Diana Ference Franz '70
Grades 912
Average class size 18
Student to teacher ratio 11:1
Color(s) Blue and White         
Sports Soccer, Volleyball, Field Hockey, Cross Country, Crew, Basketball, Cheerleading, Swimming, Badminton, Track and Field, Softball, Lacrosse
Mascot Penguin
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Publication Garland (literary magazine)
Newspaper wINDows
Yearbook Clarissian
Tuition $12,225 (including fees)
Dean of Students Sr. Karen Kane
Admissions Director Helen Bruns '04
Athletic Director Douglas Able
Director of Development Jerrilyn Borneman
Director of Finance Aimee Weil
Director of Public Relations Lillian Knipp

The Institute of Notre Dame is a private Catholic all-girls high school located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore, Maryland.


The Institute of Notre Dame, known as "IND" or "the Institute" by those who are familiar with the school, was founded in 1847, making it the first school founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in the United States. The founder of the school is Mother Teresa Gerhardinger, now beatified in the Catholic Church. The school is unique in the fact that it has stayed in its downtown location on Aisquith Street since its founding. IND is adjacent to the Caroline Center, a center run by the School Sisters of Notre Dame which provides job training to local women. IND's current president is Dr. Mary Funke. Currently, around 300 young women attend the school.

In September 2010, IND was named Best Private School for the "Wi-Fi" Generation" by Baltimore magazine for its one-to-one student tablet PC program, which integrates technology across the curriculum. The historic building is fully wireless.

In 2000, Spanish teacher William Brown won a national award from National Catholic Educators Association for his efforts in education and conflict mediation at the school.

The school also has a partnership with Johns Hopkins Hospital called "Bond to Bond", where students volunteer in different areas of the hospital.[1]

The Institute of Notre Dame is very well known for its rivalry with Mercy High School. Once a year, the two schools' basketball teams match up to play a highly anticipated game in the Towson University gym. To fans, this game is known as 'The Game' or the 'IND/Mercy Game'. Over 4000 people have been known to attend. In 2006, 'The Game' resulted in a fifth consecutive win for the Institute of Notre Dame after an intense double-overtime.

Alumna Barbara Mikulski, member of the class of 1954, had this to say about the school:

"Attending the Institute of Notre Dame taught me that I could do anything I dreamed of doing. The sisters were intelligent, caring and had incredible inner strength. They taught me more than geography or mathematics; they taught me to help those in need of help. They inspired my passion for service."[2]

Over the course of the summer of 2008, the film My One and Only was partially filmed in the school. The movie was released in 2009.

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  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-07-31. 

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