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||1,262 (as of 2014–15)|
|Color(s)||Navy Blue and Gold|
|Team name||Notre Dame Knights|
|Accreditation||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
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.
- 1 The Mission
- 2 The Values
- 3 The Tradition
- 4 Our European Heritage
- 5 The Establishment of Notre Dame High School
- 6 The Start of Co-Education
- 7 The Expansion of Notre Dame High School
- 8 Academics
- 9 Extracurricular Activities
- 10 Notable alumni
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Notre Dame High School, a Catholic, college preparatory school in the Holy Cross tradition, educates the hearts and minds of students who are diverse in talent, ethnicity and society. As a faith community, Notre Dame strives to provide each student with a rich academic background, an appropriate sense of self, an opportunity for growth, a commitment to family, community, nation and world, and a respect for the spiritual dignity of all persons.
Integral to the Holy Cross-educational philosophy is the formation of the whole person. In keeping with this philosophy. Notre Dame bases its mission on these shared values:
Spiritual - We strive to give students a comprehensive understanding of the Catholic faith, a respect for the value of the individual and the experience of a faith community, lived out through the liturgy, prayer, and service.
Intellectual - We seek a curriculum that meets the highest standards of accreditation and society, preparing students for college and post-secondary pursuits, and which fully develops students' skills for communication and critical thinking.
Personal - Notre Dame seeks to mold students who value themselves and others, who apply gospel values in moral decision-making, who have a strong aesthetic sense, and who exhibit self-discipline and a cooperative spirit.
Communal - Notre Dame aims to promote an active interest in the well being of others, understanding and acceptance of diverse cultures and an awareness of the responsibilities of citizenship.
Notre Dame students are a part of the Holy Cross family. Like so many before them, they experience the richness of a Catholic educational experience in a tradition deeply rooted in the religious congregation's educational ministry to the local and universal Church. It was from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana that several Brothers of Holy Cross came to Sherman Oaks in 1947 to found a private Catholic high school under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. For over a half a century, the Notre Dame community has built upon the heritage and mission of the Congregation of Holy Cross and continues to give life to the words of its founder, Blessed Basil Moreau: "The mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart. While we prepare useful citizens for society, we shall likewise do our utmost to prepare citizens for eternal life."
Our European Heritage
The French Revolution, despite its promises of liberty, equality and fraternity, became a reign of terror noted for its assault on Catholicism. After the restoration of the Church, a need emerged for religious who would educate and evangelize the French. This period witnessed the birth of the Brothers of St. Joseph, founded by Fr. James Dujarie in Ruille, France in 1820. After teaching in parish schools for 15 years, the Brothers merged with a small group of parish priests under the leadership of Blessed Basil Moreau in Sainte Croix, a suburb of Le Mans. Fr. Moreau later added a group of Sisters, and his three-part foundation became known as the Congregation of Holy Cross. It is in this religious order that the foundation of Notre Dame lies.
The Establishment of Notre Dame High School
After the establishment of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, a group of Holy Cross Brothers traveled to Southern California in the 1940s. In 1941, the Brothers were invited to staff St. Anthony’s Parish High School in Long Beach. Shortly thereafter, a demand arose for a new Catholic high school in the San Fernando Valley. In 1945, the land at the corner of Riverside and Woodman was purchased for $45,000. In 1947, Notre Dame High School opened as an all boys school with a freshman class of 125 and a faculty of five, four of which were Holy Cross Brothers.
The Start of Co-Education
In 1983-84, Notre Dame began a new era of co-education with the admission of the first female students (66 sophomores and 119 freshmen). This addition created many changes at Notre Dame: the facilities were adjusted to meet new needs, new faculty were hired and the athletic department was expanded to incorporate girls’ sports.
The Expansion of Notre Dame High School
Notre Dame’s campus has significantly grown since the Riverside Building was built in 1947. In May of 1951, the gymnasium we use today was completed. The Woodman Building followed in September of 1956. Buildings, such as the five classroom Annex, have come and gone. The Allegretti Building was opened in May of 1987 which provided an office complex and classrooms in the area between the Woodman and Riverside Buildings. Most recently, there have been two major classroom buildings built in the last ten years: the Fritz B. Burns Center for Arts and Technology in January of 2002 and the Hampton Science Center in January of 2007.
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 2014–2015, 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
Notre Dame High School is considered one of California's Top 15 High School Football Dynasties and one of the most dominant football teams in the state based on wins and state titles. 
Irish Knight Band
Notre Dame is famous for its Irish Knight Marching Band. The band, led by director John Combes, has performed at 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.
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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.
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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. 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.
In 2014, Notre Dame High School's Mock Trial team finished as one of the top 17 teams in Los Angeles County. They defeated their opponents in the first two rounds, advancing to playoffs, where they earned a perfect team score of 10. Pre- trial attorney Brianna Tanusi earned perfect scores in both of her rounds. Trial attorneys Danielle Drake and Emma Fitzgerald gave standout performances with several perfect scores. Blake Wagner earned perfect scores as the bailiff in both rounds. Witnesses Gianna Emma and Joelle Ibrahim also earned perfect scores for their performances. Aubree Auginaga, Cara Brodbin, Diana Chavando, Nia Naval, Quinn Porter, Sophie Richardson and Davis Robinson were also members of the 2014 Mock Trial Team. Brianna Tanusi and Diana Chavando competed at Duke University's Mock Trial competition in 2014.
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- Ed Begley Jr. - (Class of 1967), actor of St. Elsewhere fame, and environmental advocate.
- Rachel Bilson - (Class of 1999), actress, star of The O.C. and Hart of Dixie.
- John S. Boskovich - (Class of 1975), artist, writer, filmmaker, lawyer, and teacher (d. 2006).
- Nick Cassavetes - (Class of 1977), director of The Notebook and other films; also Daytime Emmy Award winner.
- Gordy Ceresino - (Class of 1975), football player.
- Chris Dickerson - (Class of 2000), Major League Baseball player for five teams.
- Jamie Dixon - (Class of 1983), men's basketball coach at the University of Pittsburgh.
- Maggie Dixon - (Class of 1995), women's basketball coach at the United States Military Academy (d. 2006).
- Terry Donahue - (Class of 1962), UCLA football player and coach, general manager of San Francisco 49ers.
- Kirsten Dunst - (Class of 2000), actress, Golden Globe award nominee, Best Actress award at Cannes Film Festival.
- Justin Fargas - (Class of 1998), NFL running back.
- Maureen Flannigan - (Class of 1991), actress, Evie in Out of This World.
- Tim Foli - (Class of 1969, did not graduate), MLB player; first pick in the 1968 Major League Baseball Draft.
- Nick Folk - (Class of 2002), kicker for NFL's New York Jets.
- Kai Forbath - (Class of 2006), kicker for NFL's Washington Redskins.
- Taylor Fry - (Class of 1999), child actress, known for TV show Kirk and as Lavinia in film A Little Princess.
- Amanda Fuller - (Class of 2002), actress.
- Donald Gibb - (Class of 1972), actor, Ogre in Revenge of the Nerds.
- Pat Gillick - (Class of 1954), baseball executive and Hall of Famer.
- Greg Goossen - (Class of 1964), actor and Major League Baseball player (d. 2011).
- Devon Gummersall - (Class of 1997), actor in My So-Called Life, head of the Van Nuys Association for the Advancement of Androgens.
- Cary Harris - (Class of 2005), pro football player.
- 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), Major League Baseball player for the Kansas City Royals.
- Spencer Johnson - author of "One Minute Manager" and "Who Moved My Cheese."
- Travis Johnson - (Class of 2000), football player, defensive tackle for the San Diego Chargers.
- Staci Keanan - (Class of 1993), actor, starred in TV series Step by Step and the 1987 TV series My Two Dads.
- Richard Keith - (Class of 1969), actor in I Love Lucy.
- David Kopay - (Class of 1960), football running back, one of 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), football player.
- Rami Malek - (Class of 1999), actor.
- Arash Markazi - (Class of 1998), journalist, writer for Sports Illustrated.
- Rich Marotta - KFI sports reporter and boxing commentator.
- Jerry Mathers - (Class of 1966), actor, Beaver in Leave It to Beaver.
- Jack McDowell - (Class of 1984), Major League Baseball pitcher, 1993 Cy Young Award winner.
- Stephen McEveety - (Class of 1973), film producer.
- Katharine McPhee - (Class of 2002), singer and American Idol season 5 runner-up, star of TV's Smash, Scorpion.
- 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 U.S. Navy and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- Liliana Mumy - (Class of 2012), 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), actress, Sharon on My So-Called Life.
- Stephen Perkins - (Class of 1985), drummer for Jane's Addiction.
- Jorge Piedra - (Class of 1997), Major League Baseball player for the Colorado Rockies.
- Brendan Ryan - (Class of 2000), Major League Baseball player for the New York Yankees.
- Steve Sailer - (Class of 1977), paleoconservative pundit and film critic for Taki's Magazine.
- Bill Seward - radio-TV sportscaster and Dodgers postgame show host.
- Lindsey Shaw - (Class of 2007), actress on Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.
- Giancarlo Stanton - (Class of 2007), Major League Baseball outfielder for the Miami Marlins; one of top rookies in 2010, All-Star in 2012 and 2014.
- Tad Stones - (Class of 1970), animator, screenwriter, producer and director best known for his work for The Walt Disney Company.
- Mary Strong - sportscaster for Fox Sports Net.
- Michelle Trachtenberg - (Class of 2003), actress, star of Harriet the Spy, Inspector Gadget.
- John Vella - (Class of 1968), USC and Oakland Raiders offensive lineman.
- Dennis Zine - (Class of 1966), Los Angeles City Councilman; represents the city's 3rd District (Woodland Hills, Tarzana, Reseda, West Hills, Winnetka and Canoga Park).
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- Notre Dame High School website
- Notre Dame Irish Knight Band website
- Notre Dame High School Official Facebook Page