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Mount Notre Dame High School
Mt. Notre Dame High School Logo.png
711 East Columbia Avenue
Reading, (Hamilton County), Ohio 45215-3927
United States
Coordinates39°13′15″N 84°25′47″W / 39.22083°N 84.42972°W / 39.22083; -84.42972Coordinates: 39°13′15″N 84°25′47″W / 39.22083°N 84.42972°W / 39.22083; -84.42972
TypeParochial, all-female, college preparatory
MottoEmpowering and Challenging Young Women Since 1860
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
EstablishedSeptember 17, 1860
PresidentJudy Gerwe[1]
PrincipalKaren Day[2][3]
Enrollment675 (2018–19[3])
Color(s)Columbia blue and white         
Athletics conferenceGirls Greater Cincinnati League
Team nameCougars
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools [4]
NewspaperPaw Prints
YearbookMountain Lore
AffiliationSisters of Notre Dame de Namur

Mount Notre Dame High School (often abbreviated MND or Mt. Notre Dame) is a private, all-female, college-preparatory high school in Reading, a city in Hamilton County, Ohio, north of Cincinnati, Ohio. Founded in 1860, Mount Notre Dame originally was a boarding school known for its excellence in education. The school is one of five all-female Catholic high schools in the Cincinnati area and the only that is run by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur as a part of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.


Mount Notre Dame opened its doors to 30 boarders on September 17, 1860. These young scholars were the nucleus of a boarding school which soon became well known for its excellence in education[citation needed], attracting pupils from many states. Included among these early students were Minnie and Rachel Sherman, daughters of General William T. Sherman of Civil War fame. In 1897, the first day-scholars were accepted, and in 1929, boys were admitted into the primary grades.

After the boarding school closed in 1935, Mount Notre Dame flourished and expanded as an academy to include all grades from kindergarten through high school. In September 1956, upon the request of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Mount Notre Dame became a diocesan high school. At that time, its name was changed from Mount Notre Dame Academy to Mount Notre Dame High School.The school quickly experienced rapid growth. In 1965, this expansion necessitated the move to a larger building, the site of the current school.

In 1990 Mount Notre Dame High School was placed under the direction of its first lay principal, Maureen Baldock. In 2000 major improvements were made: construction of a new athletic activities center and of a new chemistry lab and the renovation of the chapel and of the family and consumer sciences lab. The existing gym was converted into a library/media center and computer technology center in addition to a theater. Office areas were expanded, and additional classrooms and computer labs were added. In the spring of 2003, the Board of Trustees of Mount Notre Dame High School adopted a President/Principal model of administration for the school, and Sister Rita Sturwold, SNDdeN was named the first President.

Changes were made in the 2011–2012 school year, with a shift to a Head of School model of administration. In the same year, the school began construction on a new 15,000-square-foot addition to the front of the building. This addition added new religion and science classrooms, as well as new administrative space and student commons area.[5]


Mount Notre Dame offers its young women a college-preparatory academic program, but it also prides itself on its commitment to the education of the whole person, rooted in Catholic values, and the family-like atmosphere enjoyed by its community.[6]

All MND students receive tablet PC's as a part of their educational expenses. The program allows students to gain content-specific knowledge, through interactive, digital resources. As of the 2013–2014 school year, all students will be a part of the Tablet PC program.

In fall of 2009, MND began allowing first-year students an opportunity to take AP Human Geography. Similarly, Mount Notre Dame's Engineering Program is preparing young women for a career in this male-dominated field.

The mission of the school is deeply committed to the role of women in philanthropy. Its student-run Youth Philanthropy Council is a mini-foundation that has donated over $30,000 in the past six years to local, regional and national non-profit organizations.[7]

Mount Notre Dame's academic programs also include the My Action Plan (MAP) Program. It is an individualized, four-year journey designed to engage the MND student in experiences that will empower her in all areas of her life. Through this program, students become active members of the MND community, identify personal and academic goals, assess achievement of those goals, and develop the Characteristics of an MND Empowered Young Woman.[8]

Seniors in the MAP Program create a Capstone Project, challenging them to show how they have become empowered through their education at MND. This project, is designed by each student and requires them to complete at least 24 hours of service to a local or regional service agency. After completing their projects, students present their work to local professionals, their parents and their peers.[9]

Extracurricular Activities


Mount Notre Dame has developed a program of athletic excellence, bringing home recent state championships in volleyball and basketball. Teams representing Mt. Notre Dame are nicknamed the "Cougars" and are part of the GGCL.

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships

  • Girls Volleyball – 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Girls Golf – 2002, 2003
  • Girls Basketball – 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2017[10]

MND Theatre

Mount Notre Dame is known for its strong theatre program (known as MNDT). They produce an average of four productions during the school year. A summer theater program open to all area high school students, as well as a summer kids camp are also part of the season.

The program is runs on a model of "educational theater" allowing students to participate in all aspects of the craft. MNDT was a founding member of the Cappies of Greater Cincinnati, and won the 2010 Best Play for their production of Steel Magnolias.[11]

Model UN

MNDMUN participates in simulations of an official United Nations conference in which student delegates debate a topic of world concern while representing different countries’ positions. Mount Notre Dame's high school team participates in international conferences, including Rome, Italy in 2017 and 2013; Haarlem, Netherlands in 2012 and Genoa, Italy in 2011. They also participate in conferences in the U.S. at the University of Dayton and the University of Chicago, as well as one global event.[12]

Latin Club

The Latin Club functions as a local chapter of both the Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL)[13] and National Junior Classical League (NJCL).[14]

Dance Team

Mount Notre Dame is also known for its dance team. The Mount Notre Dame Varsity Dance Team have placed in the top ten at the National Dance Team Competition in Orlando, Florida, for the past 6 years. They have also received many awards at local competitions and have been featured on ESPN.

Notable alumnae


  1. ^ "Message from Judy Gerwe - MND Head of School". Mount Notre Dame High School. Archived from the original on 2015-10-20. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  2. ^ "Karen Day Appointed Associate Head of School" (Press release). Mount Notre Dame High School. October 3, 2014. Archived from the original on 2015-10-12. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "High School Open House Calendar". The Catholic Telegraph. 187 (10). Archdiocese of Cincinnati. October 22, 2018. p. 24. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  4. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
  5. ^ "MSA Architecture – Mount Notre Dame High School".
  6. ^ "Educating the Whole Person". Mount Notre Dame High School. Archived from the original on 2013-01-20. Retrieved 2013-03-23.
  7. ^ "MND Youth Philanthropy Council". Mount Notre Dame High School. Archived from the original on 2013-04-19. Retrieved 2013-03-23.
  8. ^ "MAP: My Action Plan". Mount Notre Dame High School. Archived from the original on 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2013-03-23.
  9. ^ "Senior Year: SERVE". Mount Notre Dame High School. Retrieved 2013-03-23.
  10. ^ OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2006-12-31.
  11. ^ "Theatre Program". Mount Notre Dame High School. Archived from the original on 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2013-03-23.
  12. ^ "MND Model UN". Mount Notre Dame High School. Archived from the original on 2013-01-26. Retrieved 2013-03-23.
  13. ^ "2009 Convention – Club Point Summary" (PDF). Ohio Junior Classical League. 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2009.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Constitution of the Ohio Junior Classical League" (PDF). Ohio Junior Classical League. March 2008. Retrieved 18 September 2009. paying both OJCL annual chapter dues and any annual chapter membership dues required by NJCL.[permanent dead link]

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