Colegio Católico Notre Dame
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|Colegio Católico Notre Dame|
|Caguas, Caguas Puerto Rico
|Principal||Mr. José Grillo '58 (CCNDS);
Luz Rodríguez (CCNDE)
Colegio Católico Notre Dame is a coeducational Roman Catholic school located in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Notre Dame is composed of a pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, elementary school, a middle school, and a high school. Not all these schools are located on the same campus.
The Colegio Católico Notre Dame was founded on October 3, 1916 by Redemptorist Priests (of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer) with the help of the Congregation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Originally the school had the name of Colegio Dulce Nombre de Jesús but this was eventually changed to the name it has today.
Notre Dame initially accepted students from kindergarten to the fourth grade. By 1921, the school had expanded to include the eighth grade. In 1947, the first 24 students graduated twelfth grade from Notre Dame.
In 1956, the grades from seventh to twelfth were moved to Troche Avenue in Caguas, its current location. The high school was then named Notre Dame High School in honor of the Virgin Mary and the School Sisters of Notre Dame. The elementary school is located next to the Cathedral Dulce Nombre de Jesús in the "plaza" of Caguas. Notre Dame also has a pre-kindergarten (formed in 1986) and a kindergarten (formed in 1950), both located in the same campus as the high school.
In 1964 Notre Dame received accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Eventually, the school went back to the name Colegio Católico Notre Dame in order to unify the schools.
In 1997, the elementary school received the "Blue Ribbon Award" of Excellence in Education awarded by the "Blue Ribbon Schools Program".
The school's motto is that of the School Sisters of Notre Dame virtus et scientia, which translates to virtue and science
Clubs and organizations
Some of the school's clubs are:
- Scala, the school's newspaper was founded in 1946.
- Student Council - formed in 1958.
- National Honor Society
- Chemistry Club
- English Club
- Forensics League
- French Club
- History Club
- Chess Club
- Comic Book Club
- Library Club
- School Band
- Oratory Club
- Ministry of Music
- Drama Club
- School Choir
- Math Club
- Robotics Club
- Ecology Club
- T.E.A ("Taller de Expresión Artística" or Drama and Art Club)
- Model United Nations Club
- Soles Verdes Club (Ecology Club)
- Scientia Club (Science Club for the Middle School)
- In Focus (Photography Club)
- Amnistía Internacional Capítulo Notre Dame
- Dance Team Club( Founded in 2011-2012)
- Advocati Iustitia (Law Club)
- Seoul Knights (Korean Club)
The elementary school is located next to the city's cathedral, where students attend mass.
The high school campus has a soccer field, a track, volleyball and basketball courts. The Neumann Hall Auditorium serves as a cafeteria and a place to hold large events and mass.
- Catalina Morales, Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2015.
- José Aponte Hernández, Representative-at-Large and former Speaker of the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico, former Secretary General of the New Progressive Party
- Felipe Crespo, Baseball player
- César Crespo, Baseball player
- Juan Dalmau, former candidate for Governor of Puerto Rico, President of the Puerto Rican Independence Party
- José Luis Dalmau, former Senator of Puerto Rico
- Luis J. Haddock, Tennis player
- Janice Olivencia, Golf player
- Carlos Ramirez (volleyball), Volleyball player
- Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, candidate for future canonization; beatified on April 29, 2001.