Notre Dame High School (Toronto)

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Notre Dame High School
Notre Dame High School, Toronto.JPG
12 Malvern Avenue
Upper Beaches, Toronto, Ontario, M4E 3E1
School type Catholic High school
Motto Leadership, Excellence and service in a dynamic environment

Ubi Honor Ibi Sum
(Where there is honour, there am I)
Founded 1941
School board Toronto Catholic District School Board
Superintendent John Shanahan
Area 6
Area trustee Angela Kennedy
Ward 11
School number 501 / 738115
Principal Jolanta Hickey
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 698 (2016-17)
Language English
Colour(s) Wine and White         
Team name Dame Spirit
Affiliation Roman Catholic
(Congregation of Notre Dame)
Parish St. John
Specialist High Skills Major None
Program Focus Broad-based Technology
Advanced Placement

Notre Dame High School (also known as NDHS, Notre Dame H.S., Notre Dame, or simply Dame) is an all-girls Roman Catholic secondary school in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


In 1941, the Congregation of Notre Dame founded Notre Dame High School to provide excellence in education for young Catholic women. Up until recently, the Sisters of the Congregation have been teaching at the school throughout its long history. The school has grown over the years such as in 1963, O’Connor Hall was built as the second building of the school; the first being the main building. In the 1970s, Notre Dame had a total of 1,111 students, and moved into the second and third floors of the neighbouring St. John Catholic School. Currently, the school uses three buildings, but only part of the third floor of St. John’s.

In 1967, the school reached an agreement with the Metropolitan Separate School Board (now the Toronto Catholic District School Board), placing the Grade 9 and 10 students would be under the publicly funded separate school system and Grades 11, 12, and 13 would continue by the Congregation. In 1984, the government started funding the last three years of high school and by 1987, Notre Dame was ceased as a private school, joining the board in the process.

Notre Dame underwent two accommodation reviews due to excessive overcrowding and its site size of an acre due to lack of playing field and the use of St. John's third floor. First in 2001 when the board attempted to acquire additional land for the construction of a larger school, then again in 2009 when the board attempted to relocate and/or consolidate Notre Dame with either St. Patrick or Neil McNeil with the building demolished and the school yard being expanded back to St. John. Subsequently, the board attempted to relocate the school and Neil McNeil to the closed Midland Avenue Collegiate Institute and the options were unsuccessful.

The school's patron saint is Marguerite Bourgeoys.


Notre Dame is best known for their film productions, dramatic arts department, and specialities in math and science. In 2014, two senior students advanced to the provincial level at the Skills Canada Competition for TV/Video Production with a gold medal in all rounds prior to Nationals where they represented Ontario. Notre Dame is the "Sister School" of Neil McNeil located not far from Notre Dame. Notre Dame is a school renowned for their elaborate and spirited school assemblies and tight knit community.


The most notable tradition that has been held at Notre Dame are the white dresses that are worn at the Prom. Though many senior students in the past have fought with the parent council to change, it has yet to happen.

School song[edit]

We sing of Notre Dame, the school we cherish.
Exalt its noble spirit, it ne'er shall perish.
Raise high its duple colours, to show the glory of Notre Damian girlhood in song and story.
Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Notre Dame, our hearts are yours, Your majesty and honour our love assures.
Beloved Alma Mater, Our Lady's Bower. May she love you, bless you, keep you. E'er in her power.


  • 12 Days of Christmas
  • Academic Awards and Honor Roll Breakfast
  • Activity Day
  • Art's Night
  • Athletic Banquet
  • Biennial Multicultural Day
  • Biennial Musical Theatre
  • Biennial Sears Drama Festival
  • Black History Month
  • Christmas Baskets
  • Christmas Assembly
  • Closing Assembly
  • Dance Off
  • Grade Nine Getaway
  • Halloween Assembly
  • Semi-Formal
  • Spirit Week
  • Thanksgiving Food Drive
  • Walk-A-Thon


  • Badminton
  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball


  • Anime Club
  • Art Club
  • Avidity Hip Hop Crew
  • Board Game Club
  • Catholic Leadership Group
  • Chaplaincy Team
  • Contemporary Dance Company
  • Dame Detectives
  • Fashion Club
  • Film Club
  • Fitness Club
  • Green Team
  • Junior/Senior Band
  • Me to We
  • Prom Committee
  • Reach For the Top
  • Yearbook Committee

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Coordinates: 43°40′51″N 79°17′36″W / 43.680798°N 79.293471°W / 43.680798; -79.293471