Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, California)

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Notre Dame High School
13645 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles (Sherman Oaks), California, (Los Angeles County), 91423
United States
Coordinates 34°9′30″N 118°25′50″W / 34.15833°N 118.43056°W / 34.15833; -118.43056Coordinates: 34°9′30″N 118°25′50″W / 34.15833°N 118.43056°W / 34.15833; -118.43056
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto "Educating Hearts and Minds"
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic;
Congregation of Holy Cross
Established 1947
CEEB Code 053370
President Brett A. Lowart
Principal Stephanie Connelly
Vice principal Rob Thomas
Courtney Relph
Richard Klee
Faculty 93
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,220 (as of 2012–13)
Color(s) Navy Blue and Gold         
Team name Notre Dame Knights
Rival Crespi Carmelite
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Newspaper 'The Knight'
Yearbook 'Arches'
Tuition $12,700
Dean of Men Tom Dill
Dean of Women Ann McClung
Admissions Director Alec Moss
Athletic Director Kevin Rooney
Notre Dame High School Gymnasium

Notre Dame High School (NDHS) in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, is a co-ed Catholic college preparatory high school founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1947.

Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Notre Dame is known for an outstanding college-prep academic program, championship athletics, and award winning fine arts program. NDHS has been honored by the United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools Program, and is especially known for its academic program, band, and football, baseball and cross country teams. Its newspaper is The Knight, a member of the High School National Ad Network.

Notre Dame was founded as an all-male school, and became a co-educational school in the 1982–1983 school year. The Class of 1986 is the first graduating class to include females. The Class of 1987 included the first full-term (4-year) female students.

Notre Dame High School was used as a backdrop in episode 27, "Log 15: Exactly One Hundred Yards", of the NBC police series Adam-12, which aired on September 20, 1969.

Irish Knight Band[edit]

Notre Dame is famous for its Irish Knight Marching Band. The band, led by director John Combes, has performed in over 500 consecutive football games and has won several awards at prestigious band reviews, performing in numerous band review competitions throughout Southern California. The band has not missed a varsity football game since the 1967 season. It has also been a part of the Notre Dame High School tradition since 1947, making it the oldest extracurricular activity on campus. For many years, the NDHS Irish Knight Band supported the University of Notre Dame by performing at football games when the Fighting Irish were in Los Angeles to play USC.

The Irish Knight Band (IKB) has performed in competitions across the country, and in 1979, participated in the Fiesta Flambeau parade in Texas, performed at Alamo Stadium, and marched through the streets of downtown San Antonio. That competition was marked by a sniper taking shots at other bands marching in the parade. The band has performed at:

  • The Tournament of Roses Parade
  • The Fiesta Bowl Parade
  • The Holiday Bowl Parade
  • The Calgary Stampede Parade
  • The Hollywood Christmas Parade

In 1980, in honor of Brother Eugenio Casano, CSC, the school created the "Brother Eugenio Casano Musicianship Award", which is presented at graduation ceremonies to the school's finest musician. Patrick J. D'Arcy ('80), became the first ever recipient of this award. John Merlino ('81) was the second recipient of the award and the first percussionist to win it; he is now the drummer for the Star Trek influenced rock band Warp 11.

Cross Country[edit]

Notre Dame Cross Country is coached by distance running legend Jon Sutherland. Notre Dame competes in one of the most competitive Cross Country leagues in California, the Mission League. The league consists of Notre Dame, Loyola, St. Francis, Harvard-Westlake, Crespi, Alemany and Chaminade for the boys. The league consists of Notre Dame, Louisville, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, Harvard-Westlake, Alemany, and Chaminade for the girls. Both teams have been very competitive in past years, and both teams are still carrying on a tradition of success. They both compete in the CIF-Southern Section with many of the best teams in California. The boys won league championships in 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1998, and have been to the CIF State Championships several times, placing 6th in 1997 and 1998, 10th in 2009, and 4th in 2010. A few individual runners have advanced to the state meet as well, including Mike Glaze (1987), Charles Maginnis (2007, 2008), and Matthew Bloch (2011). Notre Dame is proud to have two runners who have won CIF-Southern Section individual titles: Brian Russell in 1975, and Will Conway in 2010. During the 2010 season Notre Dame won the Division IV Sweepstakes Race at the Mt. SAC Invitational, running 3rd fastest team time in history. In Jon Sutherland's first year as coach, the boys and girls teams made the CIF Championships for the first time since 1998. The boys team has qualified for CIF-SS Championships in 5 of Sutherland's 7 years, and State 2 of 7 with someone going individually 3 of 7. So altogether, since the coaching of Jon Sutherland, someone from the boys has been to state 5 of his 7 years. Many of the boys cross country members went on to run with scholarships at Division 1 colleges such as Brown University, Nebraska, UC Santa Barbara, Boston College, and Occidental. The Girls are also very successful, and up and coming in recent years. They won the league championship in 2007, and for the first time ever made the CIF State Championships in 2012 finishing 8th. The girls have made the CIF Championships 7 of Sutherland's 7 years, and State for the first time this year. Coach Jon Sutherland brought this team to success in recent years, and there will be plenty more in years to come.


Notre Dame's debate team has gained recognitions throughout the nation and has received several achievements. ND debaters participate in tournaments on weekends competing against schools from throughout the United States. Debaters combine after school practices on speaking and argumentative strategy with individual research, all of which bolster a sense of personal achievement and team camaraderie. Students can get involved in many different levels of debate. All students start as novices and move to varsity in their 2nd year of debate.[2] To start on the debate team, it is strongly suggested that students enroll in the "Introduction to Debate" course. This basic argumentation course teaches students the basics of policy debate. Students then get hands-on opportunities to practice their public speaking and critical thinking skills, which is then put to the test at competitions. The Notre Dame debate team offers students the opportunity to learn about subjects ranging from current events to the environment. Hardworking debaters are given the opportunity to travel across the country to national level tournaments. The Notre Dame Debate Team has a distinguished history with the team winning many local, regional, and national awards. Most recently, the team has place eighth in the International Public Policy Forum competition in New York City. In 2011 the IPPF team placed 2nd in the world and placed 3rd in 2010. In 2009, the team also placed in the top sixteen in the country at the Tournament of Champions and has qualified to compete at the prestigious tournament several times since.[3]


Notre Dame offers a college preparatory curriculum with honors and advanced placement courses in Art, English, Foreign Languages, Mathematics, Science, Computer Science, and Social Studies. The school also offers elective courses covering a wide range of topics. There are 93 faculty members and administration, with 64 holding master's degrees and 3 with doctoral degrees.[4] Advanced Placement courses are available to students in grades 10–12.

Graduation Requirements[edit]

As of 2012–2013,[4] the course requirements of each student are:

  • English 4 years
  • Religious Studies 4 years
  • Mathematics 3 years (4 years recommended)
  • Social Studies 3.5 years
  • Science (laboratory) 3 years (3.5 years to 4 years recommended)
  • Modern and Classical Languages 2 years (3 years recommended)
  • Visual and Performing Arts 1 year
  • Computer Science 1 semester
  • Physical Education 1 year

Each student is also required to perform service hours in order to graduate:

  • Freshmen: 20 hours of service within the family
  • Sophomores: 20 hours of service at the parish or the place of worship
  • Juniors: 30 hours of service either at Notre Dame High School or in the community outside of school
  • Seniors: 30 hours of service to the outside community


  1. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  3. ^ Team Achievements.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ a b NDHS. "Course Catalogue". Retrieved 2009-12-20. 

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