St. Joseph Notre Dame High School

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St. Joseph Notre Dame High School
1011 Chestnut Street
Alameda, California, 94501
United States
Coordinates 37°45′56″N 122°15′19″W / 37.76556°N 122.25528°W / 37.76556; -122.25528Coordinates: 37°45′56″N 122°15′19″W / 37.76556°N 122.25528°W / 37.76556; -122.25528
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1881 (Notre Dame)
1935 (St. Joseph)
Opened 1985 (Co-ed)
Administrator Rebecca Bischoff
Jean Kuznik
Kristopher White
Rector Rev. George Alengadan
Principal Simon Chiu
Faculty 32
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 405 [1] (2011-2012)
Student to teacher ratio 12:1
Color(s) Blue and Orange         
Athletics conference Tri County Athletic League
Team name Pilots
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Publication Prisms (literary magazine)
Yearbook ''Reflections

Islander Girls HS and Powerdive Boys HS to 1968

Dean of Students Doug Evans
Admissions Director Julianne Guevara
Athletic Director Chris Pondok

St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda, California is a coeducational Roman Catholic high school. It is one of the few Catholic high schools in the world to possess an on-campus minor basilica, the Basilica of St. Joseph, Alameda. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and by the Western Catholic Educational Association. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland.


On March 27, 1881, at the invitation of Father William Gleeson, pastor of St. Anthony Church in Brooklyn, (East Oakland), Sister Marie de Sacre Coeur and four Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur founded an academy for girls, grades one through twelve, on a plot of land on the corner of Chestnut Street and San Jose Avenue in Alameda. San Francisco Archbishop Patrick W. Riordan, erected Saint Joseph's Parish in 1885, Father Michael McNaboe served as first pastor. Father McNaboe died in 1892, succeeded by Father John J. Sullivan. Father Patrick A. Foley served as pastor, 1898 to 1913. The Notre Dame Academy educated the young women of Alameda.

The fourth pastor, Father James Bernard Praught opened Saint Joseph Elementary School in 1916 for the boys and girls of the parish. In 1922, Notre Dame Academy is renamed Notre Dame Girls High School. Saint Joseph's Boys High School was founded in 1935 by Father Praught and Father Joseph Tetzlaff, provincial of the Brothers of Mary (Marianists) on the same city block as Saint Joseph's Church, Saint Joseph's Elementary School and Notre Dame Girls High School. Father Robert J. O'Conner succeeded Father Praught as fifth pastor in 1943. O' Connor's untimely death came in 1957.

In late 1957, San Francisco Archbishop John J. Mitty appointed Monsignor Alvin P. Wagner the sixth pastor. Msgr. Wagner, in 1960, demolished the antiquated girls high school and built a new Saint Joseph's Notre Dame High School for girls. He erected the Gymnasium/Auditorium in 1964. The Brothers of Mary (Marianists) departed in 1970. The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur stayed with the elementary and high schools until 1997. In 1972, Pope Paul VI honored Monsignor Wagner and the people of the parish by making the church a minor basilica, renamed Saint Joseph Basilica.

In 1983, Msgr. Wagner retired. Oakland Bishop John Stephen Cummins plans were set in motion to no longer staff the parish with diocesan priests. Cummins invited the Fathers of the Congregation of the Sacred Heart. The new pastor, Father Patrick A. Goodwin, SSCC decided to consolidate the two schools. These plans were completed in 1985 with the consolidation of the two single-sex schools into the coeducational St. Joseph Notre Dame High School. In 2007, the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary decided to leave Saint Joseph's Community. Oakland Bishop Allen Vigneron returned the parish to the diocesan priests. Pastor (2008-2013) Father Fred Riccio. Archbishop Alexander Joseph Brunett, apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Oakland named Rev. George Alengadan, pastor of St. Joseph Basilica, Alameda, June 1, 2013.


SJND enrolls 405 young men and women in grades 9 through 12. SJND students come from over 27 public, independent and Catholic schools. Close to 40 percent of the students live in Alameda, 35 percent live in Oakland, 20 percent live in San Leandro and the remaining students live throughout the East Bay.


St. Joseph Notre Dame has a college preparatory curriculum. The school offers honors level courses in English, Math, Science, and Foreign Language and offers Advanced Placement courses in U.S. History, English Literature & Composition, English Language, American Government & Politics, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Physics, Biology, Spanish Language, Environmental Science, and Art Studio. The school offers innovative, 21st Century courses including Coding, Mandarin, and a Biomedical Sciences program with hands-on projects. Ninety-nine percent of the senior class of 2014 enrolled in college, and graduates were offered just under $6 million in scholarships and awards. 2014 graduates will attend prestigious public and Catholic universities and private schools including Brown University, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, Cornell University, Dominican University of California, New York University, Saint Mary's College of California, University of California schools, University of San Francisco, and others.

Principals of the Saint Joseph Boys High School, 1935–1985[edit]

Brother Matthew Betz, S.M. 1935–1941
Brother Herman Keck, S.M. 1942–1947
Brother Joseph Becker, S.M. 1947–1951
Father Thomas Hogan, S.M. 1951–1957
Brother Roland Hinger, S.M. 1957–1959
Brother Elmer Dunsky, S.M. 1959–1963
Brother Robert Nunes, S.M. 1963–1966
Brother Richard Britton, S.M. 1966–1967
Brother Stanley Murokami, S.M. 1967–1969
Mr. Anthony V. Aiello, 1969–1985
Principals of Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School (the boys and girls schools were combined in 1984)
Mr. Anthony V. Aiello, 1984-2007
Mr. Simon Chiu, 2007-Present

Sources: 1935–1960, St. Joseph Parish 1960 Diamond Jubilee Book; 1963–1985, SJHS Alumni., Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School Communications Department.


St. Joseph Notre Dame offers interscholastic sports teams in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, crew, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. The school does not field a football team.

Despite being a small school, SJND has a reputation as a basketball powerhouse, having won five California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State Championships, a modern-era record for a Northern California school.[2] Most notably, SJND won two Boys' Division I state titles, despite having a student body less than half the size of virtually all CIF Division I schools, defeating Fremont High School of Los Angeles in 1991 and Mater Dei High School of Santa Ana in 1992. SJND reached the Boys' CIF Division I Finals two more times in 1997 & 1998, losing to Crenshaw High School and Westchester High School, respectively. In 2004, SJND won the Boys' Division IV Championship against Verbum Dei High School of Los Angeles, 49-47.[3] Most recently, SJND won the 2011 Boys' Division V State Championship against St. Bernard High School of Playa Del Rey and in 2013 against Horizon Christian.[4] SJND also appeared in the 2009 Boys' Division V Finals, losing to Windward High School of Los Angeles, 69-53.[5] Former players include Cal and NBA star Jason Kidd '92, UCLA standout Ray Young '98, Stanford standout Justin Davis '99, UCSB star player Alex Harris '04, and Joe Nelson '93 who is now a pitcher for the Florida Marlins.

In men's tennis, St. Joseph Notre Dame won three BSAL Singles Championships in 2006, 2007, and 2008. The men's volleyball team enjoyed similar success as they captured three successive BSAL titles from 2006-2008.

Recently, SJND’s cross-country team has enjoyed great success as well. They were the state champions in their division in 2012 and 2013. In the 2011 season, the team won the BSAL breaking St. Mary’s decade long winning streak. They also won NCS Division V with a record setting time by Gabe Arias-Sheridan. The team placed 3rd in the State meet with a 3rd place finish by Nick Ratto. Later that year, Ratto fished 3rd state wide in the 800m race.

St. Joseph Notre Dame's mascot is the Pilot, in reference to the now-closed Naval Air Station Alameda.

Notable alumni[edit]