Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, California)
|Notre Dame High School|
"Educating Hearts and Minds"
|13645 Riverside Drive
Sherman Oaks, California, 91423
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic;
Congregation of Holy Cross
|President||Brett A. Lowart|
|Enrollment||1,262 (as of 2014–15)|
|Color(s)||Navy Blue and Gold|
|Accreditation||Western Association of Schools and Colleges|
Notre Dame High School Gymnasium
Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Notre Dame is known for a college-prep academic program, championship athletics, and fine arts program. NDHS has been honored by the United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools Program, and is known for its academic program, band, and football, baseball and cross country teams. Its newspaper is The Knight, a member of the High School National Ad Network.
Notre Dame was founded as an all-male school, and became a co-educational school in the 1982–1983 school year. The Class of 1986 is the first graduating class to include females. The Class of 1987 included the first full-term (4-year) female students.
Notre Dame High School was used as a backdrop in episode 27, "Log 15: Exactly One Hundred Yards", of the NBC police series Adam-12, which aired on September 20, 1969.
After the establishment of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, a group of Holy Cross Brothers traveled to Southern California in the 1940s. In 1941, the Brothers were invited to staff St. Anthony’s Parish High School in Long Beach. Shortly thereafter, a demand arose for a new Catholic high school in the San Fernando Valley. In 1945, the land at the corner of Riverside and Woodman was purchased for $45,000. In 1947, Notre Dame High School opened as an all boys school with a freshman class of 125 and a faculty of five, four of which were Holy Cross Brothers.
In 1983-84, Notre Dame began a new era of co-education with the admission of the first female students (66 sophomores and 119 freshmen). This addition created many changes at Notre Dame: the facilities were adjusted to meet new needs, new faculty were hired and the athletic department was expanded to incorporate girls’ sports.
Notre Dame’s campus has significantly grown since the Riverside Building was built in 1947. In May 1951, the gymnasium we use today was completed. The Woodman Building followed in September 1956. Buildings, such as the five classroom Annex, have come and gone. The Allegretti Building was opened in May 1987 which provided an office complex and classrooms in the area between the Woodman and Riverside Buildings. Most recently, there have been two major classroom buildings built in the last ten years: the Fritz B. Burns Center for Arts and Technology in January 2002 and the Hampton Science Center in January 2007.
Notre Dame offers a college preparatory curriculum with honors and advanced placement courses in Art, English, Foreign Languages, Mathematics, Science, Computer Science, and Social Studies. The school also offers elective courses covering a wide range of topics. There are 93 faculty members and administration, with 64 holding master's degrees and 3 with doctoral degrees. Advanced Placement courses are available to students in grades 10–12.
Notre Dame High School is considered one of California's Top 15 High School Football Dynasties and one of the most dominant football teams in the state based on wins and state titles.
Irish Knight Band
Notre Dame's band is the Irish Knight Marching Band. The band has performed at over 500 consecutive football games and has won several awards at band reviews, performing in numerous band review competitions throughout Southern California. The band has not missed a varsity football game since the 1967 season. It started in 1947, making it the oldest extracurricular activity on campus. For many years, the NDHS Irish Knight Band supported the University of Notre Dame by performing at football games when the Fighting Irish were in Los Angeles to play USC.
The Irish Knight Band (IKB) has performed in competitions across the country, and in 1979, participated in the Fiesta Flambeau parade in Texas, performed at Alamo Stadium, and marched through the streets of downtown San Antonio. That competition was marked by a sniper taking shots at other bands marching in the parade. The band has performed at:
- The Tournament of Roses Parade
- The Fiesta Bowl Parade
- The Holiday Bowl Parade
- The Calgary Stampede Parade
- The Hollywood Christmas Parade
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- Ed Begley Jr. - (Class of 1967), actor of St. Elsewhere fame, and environmental advocate.
- Rachel Bilson - (Class of 1999), actress, star of The O.C. and Hart of Dixie.
- John S. Boskovich - (Class of 1975), artist, writer, filmmaker, lawyer, and teacher (d. 2006).
- Nick Cassavetes - (Class of 1977), director of The Notebook and other films; also Daytime Emmy Award winner.
- Gordy Ceresino - (Class of 1975), football player.
- Chris Dickerson - (Class of 2000), Major League Baseball player for five teams.
- Jamie Dixon - (Class of 1983), men's basketball coach at the University of Pittsburgh.
- Maggie Dixon - (Class of 1995), women's basketball coach at the United States Military Academy (d. 2006).
- Terry Donahue - (Class of 1962), UCLA football player and coach, general manager of San Francisco 49ers.
- Kirsten Dunst - (Class of 2000), actress, Golden Globe award nominee, Best Actress award at Cannes Film Festival.
- Justin Fargas - (Class of 1998), NFL running back.
- Maureen Flannigan - (Class of 1991), actress, Evie in Out of This World.
- Tim Foli - (Class of 1969, did not graduate), MLB player; first pick in the 1968 Major League Baseball Draft.
- Nick Folk - (Class of 2002), kicker for NFL's New York Jets.
- Kai Forbath - (Class of 2006), kicker for NFL's New Orleans Saints.
- Taylor Fry - (Class of 1999), child actress, known for TV show Kirk and as Lavinia in film A Little Princess.
- Amanda Fuller - (Class of 2002), actress.
- Donald Gibb - (Class of 1972), actor, Ogre in Revenge of the Nerds.
- Pat Gillick - (Class of 1954), baseball executive and Hall of Famer.
- Greg Goossen - (Class of 1964), actor and Major League Baseball player (d. 2011).
- Devon Gummersall - (Class of 1997), actor in My So-Called Life, head of the Van Nuys Association for the Advancement of Androgens.
- Cary Harris - (Class of 2005), pro football player.
- Jimmy Hawkins - (Class of 1959), actor in It's a Wonderful Life, The Donna Reed Show, Petticoat Junction, and Annie Oakley.
- Brett Hayes - (Class of 2002), Major League Baseball player for the Kansas City Royals.
- Spencer Johnson - author of "One Minute Manager" and "Who Moved My Cheese."
- Travis Johnson - (Class of 2000), football player, defensive tackle for the San Diego Chargers.
- Staci Keanan - (Class of 1993), actor, starred in TV series Step by Step and the 1987 TV series My Two Dads.
- Richard Keith - (Class of 1969), actor in I Love Lucy.
- David Kopay - (Class of 1960), football running back, one of first professional athletes to come out as gay.
- David C. Lane - (Class of 1974), professor of philosophy and sociology/author.
- Harper LeBel - (Class of 1981), football player.
- Rami Malek - (Class of 1999), actor.
- Arash Markazi - (Class of 1998), journalist, writer for Sports Illustrated.
- Rich Marotta - KFI sports reporter and boxing commentator.
- Jerry Mathers - (Class of 1966), actor, Beaver in Leave It to Beaver.
- Jack McDowell - (Class of 1984), Major League Baseball pitcher, 1993 Cy Young Award winner.
- Stephen McEveety - (Class of 1973), film producer.
- Katharine McPhee - (Class of 2002), singer and American Idol season 5 runner-up, star of TV's Smash, Scorpion.
- Bob Moretti - (Class of 1954), Speaker of the California State Assembly 1971-74. (d. 1984)
- Michael Minkler - (Class of 1970), three-time Academy Award-winning soundman (Black Hawk Down, Chicago, and Dreamgirls).
- Michael Mullen - (Class of 1964), a four-star admiral (ret.) in U.S. Navy and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- Liliana Mumy - (Class of 2012), actress and voice actress, daughter of actor/musician Bill Mumy.
- Dave Navarro - (Class of 1985), guitarist for Jane's Addiction.
- Devon Odessa - (Class of 1992), actress, Sharon on My So-Called Life.
- Stephen Perkins - (Class of 1985), drummer for Jane's Addiction.
- Jorge Piedra - (Class of 1997), Major League Baseball player for the Colorado Rockies.
- Brendan Ryan - (Class of 2000), Major League Baseball player for the New York Yankees.
- Steve Sailer - (Class of 1977), paleoconservative pundit and film critic for Taki's Magazine.
- Bill Seward - radio-TV sportscaster and Dodgers postgame show host.
- Lindsey Shaw - (Class of 2007), actress on Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.
- Giancarlo Stanton - (Class of 2007), Major League Baseball outfielder for the Miami Marlins; one of top rookies in 2010, All-Star in 2012 and 2014.
- Tad Stones - (Class of 1970), animator, screenwriter, producer and director best known for his work for The Walt Disney Company.
- Mary Strong - sportscaster for Fox Sports Net.
- Jimmy Tatro - (Class of 2010), YouTube personality and actor who appeared in Grown Ups 2 and 22 Jump Street.
- Michelle Trachtenberg - (Class of 2003), actress, star of Harriet the Spy, Inspector Gadget.
- John Vella - (Class of 1968), USC and Oakland Raiders offensive lineman.
- Dennis Zine - (Class of 1966), Los Angeles City Councilman; represents the city's 3rd District (Woodland Hills, Tarzana, Reseda, West Hills, Winnetka and Canoga Park).
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