Institute of Notre Dame
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|Institute of Notre Dame|
Entrance to the Institute of Notre Dame
|901 Aisquith Street
Baltimore, Maryland, (Baltimore City), 21202
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|President||Dr. Mary Funke|
|Asst. Principal||Diana Ference Franz '70|
|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|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Publication||Garland (literary magazine)|
|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, 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.
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."
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.
- Rosemary Stafford Baldwin, Baltimore Colts cheerleader (one of first in NFL); 1956 graduate
- Eleanor O'Neill Dudley, Baltimore Colts cheerleader (one of first in NFL); 1956 graduate
- Barbara Mikulski, member of United States Senate representing Maryland; 1954 graduate
- Betsy Slade, actress
- Catherine "Cassie" Mackin, NBC Newsanchor, NBC's first woman floor reporter at the Democratic and Republican presidential conventions, ABC news correspondent, two-time Emmy award winner for television journalism; 1956 graduate
- Lauren Parkes, Miss Black Delaware USA 2007, Miss Maryland Galaxy 2008; 2005 graduate
- Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of the United States House of Representatives (first woman in US history to be so); 1958 graduate
- Mary Anne Perry-Hoffman, DJ at WLIF
- MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-07-31.
- Institute of Notre Dame - http://www.indofmd.org
- Maryland Newsline, Schools - http://www.newsline.umd.edu/schools/girlsschool102805.htm
- Betsy Slade - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0805153/
- Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore