Notre Dame High School (San Jose, California)
|Notre Dame High School|
596 South 2nd Street|
San Jose, (Santa Clara County), California 95112
|Motto||"Teach them what they need to know for life."|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Founder||Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur|
|Principal||Mary Beth Riley|
|Color(s)||Navy Blue and Maroon|
|Song||Ora et Labora|
|Accreditation||Western Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Newspaper||Crown and Shield|
|Director of Admissions||Maya Courtright|
|Director of Development||Elizabeth Fox|
|Dean of Students||Michelle McGovern|
|Director of Enrollment||Susana Garcia|
|Athletic Director||Denise Krogen|
|Activities Director||Catherine Pandori|
Notre Dame High School is a private, Catholic, college preparatory high school for girls founded in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and operates within the Diocese of San Jose, California, USA. The school is located in San Jose, California. The school's mission is driven by the teachings of Saint Julie Billiart, the foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur: "Teach them what they need to know for life."
Notre Dame is an all-girls Catholic high school situated in downtown San Jose. The school was founded as the College of Notre Dame by the Catholic Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. The Sisters of Notre Dame also ran St Joseph's (now the site of Adobe's HQs), St Leo's, St Francis Xavier and St Mary's where many of the female students later came to Notre Dame High School and Notre Dame de Namur College.
On August 4, 1851 the Women's College of Notre Dame and convent opened on ten acres of land at 1 Notre Dame Avenue and Santa Clara Street. Notre Dame was the sister school to the all Men's Santa Clara College located two and a half miles away West on The Alameda, San Jose.
In May 1901 US President McKinley visited the school and was presented rosebuds by the students.
In 1923 the College of Notre Dame, high school and elementary school moved: to the Ralston estate, located in Belmont on the San Francisco Peninsula while part of the high school (Santa Clara Street Academy) moved to the O’Connor Mansion at Second and Reed Street in San Jose. The O’Connor Mansion, was donated in 1898 to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur by Judge Myles P. O'Connor and his wife, Amanda.
In 1958, the construction of two buildings began. Julie Billiart Hall served the purpose of a gathering place for school functions, a gym, and a cafeteria. Madonna Hall, later renamed Donnelly Hall in honor of Sister Mary Emmanuel Donnelly, is a two-story building that contains classrooms, teacher offices, and now a fully functional computer lab.
In 1965 a convent and chapel complex was built on the northeast corner of the campus (South 3rd St & East William St). It has a traditional Spanish architecture and central courtyard designed by architect Warren Gilbert. Today it is used as an art studio and for religious prayer.
On September 9, 2002 Manley Hall, a three-story building designed by Anderson-Brulé Architects replaced the O’Connor Mansion. The building, though modern in design and use, still conveys an air of age and history, as was the intent of the architects. To add to this feeling was the inclusion of the fireplaces and artifacts saved from the O’Connor Mansion, the more noticeable being the fireplace located in the library and the glass doors (though one is a replica) of the Alumnae Room. All of the floors of this building are decorated with the class photos from the school, the earliest dating before the 1890s.
In 2016 a major renovation of the campus was announced. The expansion of the campus now includes the entire city block bounded by East William, South 2nd street, East Reed and South 3rd street. It would involve the removal of six older campus buildings and the addition of four multi story buildings. It is currently going through city permit approval.
As of 2018, it is 167 years old.
School mascots and colors
Notre Dame's crest is the coat of arms of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. The school's original mascot, the Gremlin, was replaced in 2000 during the 150th anniversary of the school's founding. The new mascot, the Regent, expresses the students' abilities for growing, moving on, and facing new challenges. In addition, each year the freshman class chooses their own class mascot and colors.
Notre Dame High School of San Jose (NDSJ) provides a wide variety of activities outside of classes, including numerous clubs, sports, and interaction with the San Jose community. Clubs can range from different cultures (i.e. Filipino Student Association, Latinas Unidas, Vietnamese Student Association) to hobbies (i.e. Culinary, Art, Lit Mag, Improv/Comedy Sportz, Film Fest) to helping students reach their goals in the future (i.e. Future Business Leaders Association, California Scholarship Federation). Different clubs can hold their own activities that may interact with other high schools around San Jose, giving the students a chance to socialize not only with the other classes of Notre Dame, but also with their peers from other schools. Each club is appointed a moderator, who is a teacher who oversees the club's meetings and activities, and a main council (president, VP, treasurer, secretary, athletic coordinator) that collaborates to organize and set up meetings and club-sponsored activities.
Big Sister/Little Sister Program
Notre Dame's close-knit community perpetuates sisterhood through its Big Sis'/Lil Sis' Program. Paired by homerooms, each third year student is appointed a frosh student. The junior student takes on the big sister role as a mentor for the frosh, since the transition between middle school to high school may be difficult for incoming students. The Big sis'/Lil sis' pair continue the following year when the frosh becomes a sophomore and the junior becomes a senior. When the senior graduates, her Lil Sis' becomes a junior who then takes on the Big Sis role and consequently gets matched with an incoming student the following year.
Notre Dame San Jose admits around 170 young women each year. Many students come from the Catholic middle schools, Challenger, Stratford, Orchard and other private and public schools. The school holds an open house each October for families to visit.
They offer Seventh graders a "preview afternoon" in April where they can more about the school. Serious Seventh grade catholic school students should consider joining Notre Dame's LEADS program (Learn, Empower, Act, Discover).
Eighth graders have an Eighth grade day in November. Eighth graders can also sign up to shadow a Notre Dame student for a day from September to December.
The school requires a High School Placement Test (HSPT) and a completed application form to be considered for admission.
One graduation requirement of students is community service hours. The point in adding community service as a graduation requirement is to teach girls how to be "socially responsible and answer the call to be a person of justice." NDSJ tries to integrate justice into their students by making the girls look at their surroundings and try to make a difference in the San Jose community.
The service hour requirements are as follows:
Freshmen: 10 hours working with women and children.
Sophomores: 15 hours working with the marginalized and vulnerable populations (ex. elderly, physically/mentally impaired, refugees, and/or migrant workers).
Juniors: 20 hours of service at one agency to address a local issue of the student's choice (ex. environment, health care/hospital work, immigration, literacy, or socio-economic disadvantages.) 10 hours may be completed during the summer prior to junior year.
Seniors: Student designed Senior Service Learning Project. (SSLP) 25+ project portfolio and group reflection session. All hours may be completed during the summer before senior year.
- Notre Dame holds a "Women of Impact" luncheon that honors women leaders making a significant contribution to society.
- Every year Notre Dame chooses a Rene Lepiane Leadership Award Recipient from the class of incoming students. The award is in recognition of exceptional young women who exhibit leadership and compassion.
- For incoming freshmen at Notre Dame, they have the opportunity to receive the Julie Billiart Scholar Award, meaning they scored on the 98th-99th percentile on their High School Proficiency Assessment, and as a student at Notre Dame, if they maintain a 3.8 GPA during their 4 years they are also recognized at their graduation.
- Michelle Do '01 - Youngest member in history of the U.S. Women’s Table Tennis Team, for the 2000 Olympics.
- Linda Park '96 - Actress. Famous for her role as Hoshi Sato on Star Trek: Enterprise.
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