Notre Dame Preparatory (Pontiac, Michigan)
|Notre Dame Preparatory School|
"With God we form Christian people, upright citizens, and academic scholars."
|1300 Giddings Road
Pontiac, Michigan, (Oakland County), 48340
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic,
Society of Mary
|Oversight||Archdiocese of Detroit|
|President||Fr. Leon Olszamowski|
|Principal||Fr. Joseph Hindelang|
|Student to teacher ratio||12:1|
|Color(s)||Forest green and Vegas Gold|
|Slogan||A World of Education|
|Song||Notre Dame Our Mother|
|Fight song||Notre Dame Victory March|
|Athletics conference||Catholic High School League|
|Team name||Fighting Irish|
|Accreditation(s)||Independent Schools Association of the Central States, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Average ACT scores||27.00 (Class of 2012)|
|Athletic Director||Betty A Wroubel|
Notre Dame Preparatory is a private Catholic high school in Pontiac, Michigan in Metro Detroit. Founded by Marist Fathers and Brothers in 1994. It is a coed, college-preparatory school which puts emphasis on faith-based character education and leadership development.
Originally the school was the Pontiac Catholic School, and it was later known as the Oakland Catholic School. It closed at the end of the 1993-1994 school year and immediately reopened as Notre Dame. The Marists supported Notre Dame after its rebranding.
Yearly during the week of St. Patrick's Day, students and staff celebrate "Irish Week," a week of fun and competition between the classes. This is the highlight of many of the students' school year and serves its purpose to increase school spirit and break up the scholastic aspect of the second semester. The tradition originated at Notre Dame Harper Woods in the early 1980s. The original Irish Week trophy from Harper Woods Notre Dame was given to Notre Dame Prep after Harper Woods had to shut down in 2005 due to financial reasons. The senior class often wins due to superior athletic ability, since games make up most of the points for the week.
Pontiac Notre Dame's enrollment increased during the 2009–2010 school year due to the closure of Pontiac Central High School. Unlike in Royal Oak, where two high schools merged, students at Pontiac Central were invited to attend either Pontiac Northern High School or Notre Dame upon Central's closing.
A 100-acre (40 ha) campus in an outerlying area in Pontiac houses Notre Dame Prep and Marist Academy.
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