Notre Dame College Prep

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Notre Dame High School for Boys
Educating the Mind ∙ Educating the Heart
7655 West Dempster Street
Niles, Illinois, 60714
United States
Coordinates 42°02′19″N 87°49′04″W / 42.0386°N 87.8178°W / 42.0386; -87.8178Coordinates: 42°02′19″N 87°49′04″W / 42.0386°N 87.8178°W / 42.0386; -87.8178
Type Private, All-Male
Denomination Roman Catholic
Established 1955
Founder Congregation of Holy Cross
Oversight Archdiocese of Chicago
President Rev. John Smyth
Principal Mr. Dan Tully
Teaching staff 51
Grades 912
Enrollment 830 (2008)
Campus size 28 acres (110,000 m2)
Color(s) Green, White, and Blue
Fight song March of the Dons
Athletics conference East Suburban Catholic Conference
Mascot Harvey the Bull
Team name Dons
Rival St. Patrick High School
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Newspaper 'FOCUS'
Yearbook 'Maridon'
School fees $550
Tuition $9,300[2]
Alumni 11,000+

Notre Dame High School for Boys is a male-only Roman Catholic secondary school founded in Niles, Illinois in 1955 by the Congregation of Holy Cross. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. The architect was Belli & Belli of Chicago.[3]

Because Notre Dame is a common name for schools, this school is often confused with Peoria Notre Dame High School and Quincy Notre Dame High School, both of which are located in Illinois. Despite the similarity in name, this school is not affiliated with the Notre Dame High School for Girls found in Chicago.


Notre Dame High School was one of the first Catholic high schools to open in the suburban Chicago area. It was opened at the request of the then Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago, Samuel Stritch, with the supervision of the Congregation of Holy Cross.

The timing of the new school corresponded to the closing of the Congregation's school (Columbia Prep School) in Portland, Oregon. About half of the faculty came east from Portland to start the new school in Illinois. They also brought with them the old school's athletic uniforms, which necessitated the new school's colors to be the same as the Oregon school's (green and white). Even the old school's fight song was brought along, with appropriate new wording changes made by an early music teacher.

The name of the school itself was one to draw a connection between the Congregation's most noted local center of higher learning, the University of Notre Dame, and the Chicago area, which had given its support to the University and the congregation over many years. An excerpt from the Congregation's Province Review in 1954 noted:[4]

For years the University (of Notre Dame) and the Community have been helped by a large group of loyal friends in the Chicago area. It is fitting that the first major high school work undertaken by our Province should be in Chicago. Many elements entered into the decision to accept this school, but one of the most sincere was the desire to express the Community’s gratitude to the Catholics of Chicago for their past support and friendship.

In April 1985 the Chicago Futabakai Japanese School began holding its Saturday school classes for 7th through 12th graders in rented classrooms at Notre Dame, due to a lack of space in the main school in Niles.[5]

In the summer of 2006, the Congregation announced that it would be ending its formal association with the school, effective at the end of the 2006-07 school year. Since then, a board of both religious and lay people have acted to run the school and maintain a relationship with the Archdiocese.[6]


The school offers four programs designed for students of differing levels of skill, with a focus on college preparation - Hesburgh Scholar Program, College Prep Program, St. Andre Bessette Program, Burke Scholar Program.[7]

The following Advanced Placement courses are offered: English Literature, Art History, Art Studio, Spanish Language, Calculus (BC), Government, US History, Statistics, and European History.

AP Latin Virgil and AP Latin Language are offered on a rotating biennial basis. AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and AP Physics (B) are offered on a longer term rotation, where at least two of these courses are available at any given time.[8]


Notre Dame High School sponsors teams in 14 sports that are governed by the Illinois High School Association: baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. All of these teams (except for bowling and swimming) compete in the East Suburban Catholic Conference.

The school also sponsors teams in ice hockey and lacrosse. Lacrosse competes in the Chicago Metro Conference, and plays in a state tournament governed by the Illinois High School Lacrosse Association.[9] The hockey team plays in the Chicago Suburban Catholic League.

The following teams placed in the top four at IHSA sponsored state tournaments:[10]

  • Baseball •• State Champions (2003—04)
  • Football •• 2nd place (1989—90)

The Hockey team won three state tournaments in 1976,1992, and 2010 through the AHAI State Tournament, the governing body of hockey in Illinois. These are the only non IHSA State Championships Notre Dame has.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-07-28. [dead link]
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  4. ^ History of Notre Dame HS
  5. ^ Caitlin, Kay. "Japanese school eases burden." Chicago Tribune. June 25, 1986. F32. Retrieved on January 10, 2012. "To visit the Chicago Futabakai Japanese School at 8101 Cumberland Ave. in Niles[...]" and "[...]the former Kenton School at 4600 Main St., Skokie,[...]" and "[...]a branch Saturday School[...]the former Niles Township High School West, at Lincoln and Niles Avenues, Skokie" and "[...]Notre Dame High School, 7655 Dempster St., Niles,[...]"
  6. ^ Chicago Tribune, Dec. 19, 2006
  7. ^ Student programs
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ IHSLA standings
  10. ^ IHSA history for Notre Dame HS
  11. ^ a b Notre Dame:High School of the Week, Adam L. Jahns, 26 Sept, 2007, Chicago Sun Times (sourced 7 August 2008)
  12. ^ List of the youngest mayors in the United States
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  14. ^ press release announcing Jim Les entering ESCC Hall of Fame
  15. ^ Jim Les entry @ basketball
  16. ^ press release on Luzinski's uniform number retirement
  17. ^ 1968 MLB draft recap
  18. ^ Bio at Chicago Blackhawkswebsite
  19. ^ Rocky Mountain News June 14, 2006 Pipe Was Calling Trombonist
  20. ^ "Pudi Sharpens His Spanish on 'Community' Webisodes". Retrieved on August 17, 2010.
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  22. ^ "Jospeph Sikora IMDB Bio Page". Retrieved on September 29, 2014

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