Notre Dame High School (West Haven, Connecticut)
|Notre Dame High School|
|24 Ricardo Street
West Haven, Connecticut, 06516
|Type||Independent, private, all-male college preparatory school|
|Motto||Educating Minds and Hearts in the Holy Cross Tradition|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Founder||Rev. John Heller|
|President||Brother James Branigan, CSC|
|Color(s)||Green and Gold|
|Athletics conference||Southern Conn. Conference, Quinnipiac Division|
|Accreditation||New England Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Newspaper||The Knight Errant|
|Affiliation||Brothers of Holy Cross|
Notre Dame High School was founded in 1946 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, the same religious institute that established the University of Notre Dame. The school's name derives from the French Notre Dame, meaning "Our Lady". Situated on a hill, the school originally comprised several buildings, one of which is Harugari Hall (now in the possession of the neighboring University of New Haven). In 2007, the school announced its plans to expand and upgrade its facilities while keeping to the current footprint, citing an increased need for technology to make up for the lack of teachers in the school.
In August 2012, the new 28,000-square-foot Arts, Technology, and Spiritual Center was officially opened for the 2012-13 academic school year.
On September 16, 2012, Reverend Henry J. Mansell, Archbishop of Hartford presided over the blessing and dedication of the Arts, Technology, and Spiritual Center, which houses the Saint Brother André Bessette Chapel, the Maureen and George Collins ’58 Auditorium, an enhanced Music Room (which includes practice rooms and a technology room), a new athletic wing which consists of several training rooms, lockers for the players, and a swimming pool located on the roof of the school, state-of-the art Library/Media Center, and a Technology Classroom.
In 2014, Notre Dame High School began raising funds for the "Field of Dreams" project, which aimed to create new football practice fields and renovate the outdoor track. Sadly, these dreams were not found in the Notre Dame Basketball team, which did not win a single game that season.
It was the first time in nearly 50 years Notre Dame added to its campus.
Administration and academics
Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford, Notre Dame is operated independently by the Congregation of Holy Cross. The school is run day-to-day on a Headmaster-Principal model. Notre Dame draws a diverse student body from across the New Haven County area and beyond. Its sister school is Sacred Heart Academy, located in Hamden, Connecticut.
Notre Dame recently made the change to a trimester academic schedule. The teaching faculty is composed predominantly of laypeople, though there are still a handful of Brothers. Both "extended study" and "semester at college" programs are available to qualified students during their senior year.
Known as the "Green Knights", Notre Dame High School's athletes boast a rich tradition of "success" with notable football, ice hockey, baseball and track programs. The school is a member of the Quinnipiac Division in the Southern Connecticut Conference. Its gymnasium is decorated with several league and state championship banners and the names of All-State athletes. Most recognized is the sport of golf, for which there are over 11 All-State banners and nine state championship banners.
- George Collins, Class of 1958 - Former CEO of T. Rowe Price
- Tom Condon, Class of 1970 – Former NFL football player (Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots)
- Daniel Cosgrove, Class of 1989 – Actor (All My Children; Beverly Hills, 90210; Guiding Light)
- Matt DelGuidice, Class of 1985 – Former NHL hockey player (Boston Bruins)
- John DeStefano, Jr., Class of 1973 – Former Mayor of New Haven, Connecticut (1994-2014)
- Bob DuPuy, Class of 1964 – Former President and Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball
- Alan Grazioso, Class of 1987 - Emmy Award nominated nonfiction television producer for PBS Kids episode for Postcards from Buster
- John Moffitt, Class of 2006 – Former NFL football player (Seattle Seahawks)
- Leigh Montville, Class of 1961 – Longtime print journalist as a columnist for The Boston Globe as a senior writer with Sports Illustrated
- Wayne Pacelle, Class of 1983 – Current President and Chief Executive Officer of The Humane Society of the United States
- John M. Picard, Class of 1983 – Former Mayor of West Haven, Connecticut (2005-2013)
- Nick Pietrosante, Class of 1954 – Former All-American University of Notre Dame and NFL football player (Detroit Lions Rookie of the Year and Cleveland Browns)
- James L. Richetelli, Jr., Class of 1979 – Former Mayor of Milford, Connecticut (2001-2011)
- Tarek Saleh, Class of 1993 – Former NFL football player (Carolina Panthers and Cleveland Browns)