Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, California)
|Notre Dame High School|
|13645 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles (Sherman Oaks), California, (Los Angeles County), 91423
|Motto||"Educating Hearts and Minds"|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic;
Congregation of Holy Cross
|President||Brett A. Lowart|
|Vice principal||Rob Thomas
|Enrollment||1,220 (as of 2012-13)|
|Color(s)||Navy Blue and Gold|
|Team name||Notre Dame Knights|
|Accreditation(s)||Western Association of Schools and Colleges|
|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, football team and Cross Country team. 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
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.
Notre Dame Cross Country is coached by distance running legend Jon Sutherland. Notre Dame competes in the most competitive Cross Country league 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 have League championships in the 1970s, and 1998, and have been to the CIF State Championships a multiple of times placing 10th in 2009, and 4th in 2010, and sending many runners there individually such as Charles Maginnis(2007, 2008), and Matthew Bloch(2011). During the 2010 season Notre Dame beat every single team in the state at least once, and won the Mt. Sac Cross Country Invitational where the team ran the 3rd fastest team time in history, but unfortunately couldn't pull through in the championship. Will Conway, from the 2010 team placed first in both the Mt. Sac Invitational, and the CIF Championship. In Jon Sutherland's first year, the both teams made the CIF Championships for the first time since 1998. The boys team has made the CIF Championships 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, 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 in history 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.  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. 
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. Advanced Placement courses are available to students in grades 10-12.
As of 2012-2013, 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
- Ed Begley Jr. - (Class of 1967), American actor of St. Elsewhere fame, and environmental advocate.
- Rachel Bilson - (Class of 1999), American actress.
- John S. Boskovich - (Class of 1975), Artist, writer, filmmaker, lawyer, and teacher (d. 2006).
- Nick Cassavetes - (Class of 1977), Daytime Emmy Award-winning American director.
- Gordy Ceresino - (Class of 1975), American football player
- Chris Dickerson - (Class of 2000), Major league baseball player for the New York Yankees.
- Jamie Dixon - (Class of 1983), men's basketball coach at the University of Pittsburgh.
- Maggie Dixon - (Class of 1995), former women's basketball coach at the United States Military Academy (d. 2006).
- Terry Donahue - (Class of 1962), former University of California, Los Angeles football player and coach.
- Kirsten Dunst - (Class of 2000), American actress.
- Justin Fargas - (Class of 1998), American NFL football player, currently Oakland Raiders running back.
- Nick Folk - (Class of 2002), American football player, kicker for the New York Jets.
- Maureen Flannigan - (Class of 1991), Evie in Out of This World.
- Tim Foli - (Class of 1969, did not graduate), major league baseball player; first pick in the Major League Baseball Draft in 1968.
- Taylor Fry - (Class of 1999), former American child actress best known for her role on the TV show Kirk and as Lavinia in A Little Princess.
- Amanda Fuller - (Class of 2002), American actress.
- Donald Gibb - (Class of 1972), Ogre in Revenge of the Nerds.
- Pat Gillick - (Class of 1954), Hall of Fame; General Manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.
- Greg Goossen - (Class of 1964), major league baseball player/actor (d. 2011).
- Devon Gummersall - (Class of 1997), Actor in My So-Called Life, head of the Van Nuys Association for the Advancement of Androgens.
- Jimmy Hawkins - (Class of 1959), Actor in It's a Wonderful Life, The Donna Reed Show, Petticoat Junction, and Annie Oakley.
- Brett Hayes - (Class of 2002), baseball player for the Kansas City Royals.
- Richard Keith - (Class of 1969), Actor in I Love Lucy.
- Spencer Johnson - Author of "One Minute Manager" and "Who Moved My Cheese."
- Travis Johnson - (Class of 2000), American football player, defensive tackle for the San Diego Chargers.
- Staci Keanan - (Class of 1993), starred in the 1991 TV series Step by Step and the 1987 TV series My Two Dads.
- David Kopay - (Class of 1960), American football running back, one of the first professional athletes to come out as gay.
- David C. Lane - (Class of 1974), professor of philosophy and sociology/author.
- Harper LeBel - (Class of 1981), American football player.
- Rami Malek - (Class of 1999), American actor.
- Arash Markazi - (Class of 1998), journalist, writer for Sports Illustrated.
- Rich Marotta - KFI sports reporter and award-winning boxing commentator.
- Jerry Mathers - (Class of 1966), Beaver in Leave It to Beaver.
- Jack McDowell - (Class of 1984), major league baseball player, 1993 Cy Young Award winner.
- Stephen McEveety - (Class of 1973), Hollywood producer.
- Katharine McPhee - (Class of 2002), Singer and American Idol season 5 runner-up.
- Bob Moretti - (Class of 1954), Speaker of the California State Assembly 1971-74. (d. 1984)
- Michael Minkler - (Class of 1970), three-time Academy Award-winning soundman (Black Hawk Down, Chicago, and Dreamgirls).
- Michael Mullen - (Class of 1964), a four-star admiral (ret.) in the United States Navy and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- Liliana Mumy - (Class of 2012), American actress and voice actress, daughter of actor/musician Bill Mumy.
- Dave Navarro - (Class of 1985), guitarist for Jane's Addiction.
- Devon Odessa - (Class of 1992), American actress.
- Stephen Perkins - (Class of 1985), drummer for Jane's Addiction.
- Jorge Piedra - (Class of 1997), major league baseball player who played for the Colorado Rockies.
- Brendan Ryan - (Class of 2000), infielder for the New York Yankees.
- Steve Sailer - (Class of 1977), paleoconservative pundit and film critic for Taki's Magazine.
- Bill Seward - NBC-TV sports anchor, CBS radio sportscaster and Dodgers postgame show host.
- Lindsey Shaw - (Class of 2007), American actress on Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.
- Giancarlo Stanton - (Class of 2007), Professional baseball player for the Miami Marlins. One of the top rookies in the Major Leagues in 2010. One of the top home run hitters in 2011.
- Tad Stones - (Class of 1970), American animator, screenwriter, producer and director best known for his work for The Walt Disney Company.
- Mary Strong - Sports Broadcaster Fox Sports Net.
- Michelle Trachtenberg - (Class of 2003), American actress.
- John Vella - (Class of 1968), former USC and Oakland Raiders offensive lineman.
- Dennis Zine - (Class of 1966), Los Angeles City Councilman. Zine represents the city's 3rd District (Woodland Hills, Tarzana, Reseda, West Hills, Winnetka and Canoga Park).
- WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-05.
- "JOIN THE KNIGHTS DEBATE TEAM!!".
- Team Achievements. http://www.ndhs.org/s/1012/index.aspx?sid=1012&gid=1&pgid=1587. Missing or empty
- NDHS. "Course Catalogue". Retrieved 2009-12-20.