Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School

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Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin
13000 Auburn Road
Chardon, Ohio, (Geauga County), 44024
Coordinates 41°31′7″N 81°15′39″W / 41.51861°N 81.26083°W / 41.51861; -81.26083Coordinates: 41°31′7″N 81°15′39″W / 41.51861°N 81.26083°W / 41.51861; -81.26083
Type Private, coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1878
Status Operating
Oversight Sisters of Notre Dame
President Sr. Jacquelyn Gusdane[1]
Principal Joseph A. Waler[1]
Asst. Principal Chris Poulos
Chaplain Fr. James Caddy
Faculty 88
Grades 912
Gender Coeducational 48:52 (Boys to Girls)
Enrollment 685 (June 23, 2015)
Average class size 20
Student to teacher ratio 14:1
Hours in school day 7
Campus Suburban
Campus type Pre-school to 12th (PS-8th at Notre Dame Elementary)
Color(s) Blue and Gold[1]         
Slogan "Hands of a Servant, Heart of a Lion!"
Athletics conference North Coast League
Sports Band, Flag Corps, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Fastpitch Softball, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse (club), Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling
Mascot Lion
Nickname NDCL
Team name Lions[1]
Rival Lake Catholic High School and Willoughby South High School
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [2]
Publication SEASONS
Newspaper The Mane Page
Tuition $11,600
Asst Principal for Academics Denice Teeples
Athletic Director Frank Platzar[1]
Director of Admissions Michael Suso '03
Average Class Size 20
Director of Professional Development Sr. Joanne Keppler
2015 Graduation Rate 100%

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin is a coeducational, Catholic college-preparatory school in Chardon, Ohio, sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame. Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin is known for strong academics. Its students consistently score above the national average on all standardized tests and nearly 100% of graduates attend four-year colleges and universities.


The school began as Notre Dame Academy, an all-girls school founded in 1878. The school moved from Ansel Road in Cleveland, where it had been located for fifty years, to the rolling countryside of Chardon, Ohio in 1963. The campus sits on over 100 acres of land.

Cathedral Latin School was established in 1916 by the Cleveland Diocese and Brothers of the Society of Mary (Marianists). By the late 1960s, Latin joined University Circle Inc. This college preparatory school for boys became renowned for its own scholastic excellence along with a storied sports history right up until its closing in 1979.[citation needed]

The name was changed to Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin in 1988 when the school invited the Cathedral Latin Alumni Association to join in creating a new, coed school community on the NDA campus. Since the name change, the school is commonly referred to as NDCL.

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin is in the North Coast League for sports. In recent years, a rivalry has developed between Lake Catholic High School and Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin.

New tennis courts have been added to the campus in Chardon as a result of the Capital Campaign initiative. In addition, a completely renovated cafeteria, stadium lights, and technology improvements have also been added throughout the school.

In the fall of 2011, the school announced plans to install a new all-purpose track and football turf in their stadium, Lion's Stadium.[citation needed] Along with the track and turf, one of the school's gyms will be renovated to be a dedicated performing arts center. With the dedicated performing arts center, lost gym space will be made up by constructing a new gym connected to the school. All of this construction has been completed for the fall 2013 semester.

The new performing arts center has been named after Pat and Janet O'Brien after a contribution was received. The Pat and Janet O'Brien Center for the Performing Arts is now used for school plays and performances.

On June 19, 2014, a powerful storm with damaging winds tore a part of the main gym's, named McGarry Gym, roof off. Although the internal side of the roof was intact, an air conditioning unit tore off, causing heavy rain to flood the gym. In addition, a gas line was damaged, as well as the bleachers. After drying out the floor, it was determined that a new floor would be put in only in the main area (the area where basketball and volleyball are played at.) The bleachers were recovered and the gas line was fixed. The restoration took nearly 6 months, with the girls' volleyball team (who won the OHSAA volleyball state championship) not playing a single game in their home gym. The gym was ready to go on December 5, 2014, and the boys' and girls' basketball teams played one day later in their home openers.

Academic record[edit]

NDCL offers classes in theology, business, English language, family and consumer sciences, physical education and health, mathematics, music, theatre, science, social studies, computer sciences, visual arts, and foreign languages (French, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish). NDCL has a 100% graduation rate with nearly 100% of graduates attending four-year colleges and universities.[citation needed]


The NDCL campus sits on over 100 acres of land. The NDCL High School is made up of three separate buildings off the main one. Currently, the campus consists of one football stadium, two gyms, two baseball fields, two softball field, six tennis courts, two ponds, and four football-soccer practice fields. Notre Dame Elementary School is located nearby.

NDCL has two campus building projects: the Capstone Project, to construct a new performing arts auditorium and a new gym, as well as the Stadium Initiative, to lay new turf at the football stadium and replace the track around it. The Stadium Initiative was completed in August 2012 and the first game was played on August 24, 2012.


Offered sports[edit]

Male[3] Female[3]
Cross Country Cross Country
Golf Golf
Soccer Soccer
Tennis Tennis
Basketball Basketball
Bowling Bowling
Swimming Swimming
Lacrosse Lacrosse
Track and Field Track and Field
Baseball Softball
Football -
Hockey -
Wrestling -
- Cheerleading
- Volleyball
- Gymnastics
- Dance Team

Charity Game[edit]

On November 23, 1946, Cathedral Latin High School competed in the annual Charity Game, the Cleveland high school championship game, at Cleveland Municipal Stadium against Holy Name High School. The attendance of the game was local record crowd of 70,955 fans. It is the second-largest attendance for an American high school football game in history.[4] Cathedral Latin defeated Holy Name, 35-6.

Ohio High School Athletic Association state championships[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  2. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b NDCL Athletics
  4. ^ " records". Retrieved 2007-04-03. 
  5. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Baseball". Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  6. ^ a b c d OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2009-06-07.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Ohio_High_School_Athletic_Association" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
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