Notre Dame High School (St. Louis)
|Notre Dame High School|
|320 East Ripa Avenie
St. Louis, Missouri, (none) 63125
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic (School Sisters of Notre Dame)|
|President||Dr. Meghan Bohac|
|Principal||Mrs. Amy Bush|
|Student to teacher ratio||10:1|
|Campus size||43 acres (170,000 m2)|
|Color(s)||Columbia Blue and White|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools |
|Athletic Director||Mark Bayens|
Notre Dame High School is a Roman Catholic, private, all-girls school located just south of St. Louis city on the 43-acre grounds of the motherhouse of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. on the Mississippi River. While its roots go back to 1897, its present form and name date to 1934.
In 1897 the School Sisters of Notre Dame founded Sancta Maria in Ripa High School so that girls who were considering joining their congregation could complete their high school education. This was at their motherhouse just south of the city of St. Louis.
In 1925, Sancta Maria was accredited by the North Central Association as a four-year high school. In 1934 it extended its services to those not aspiring to be sisters, and changed its name to Notre Dame High School. Classes were held in the motherhouse until 1955 when the current school was built.
Around 1960 enrollment exceeded 500 young ladies. Innovations included advanced college credit courses, more electives, and modular scheduling. In 1977 with the closing of Notre Dame College on campus the high school acquired that building to house its science, fine arts, and counseling departments. In 1996 the high school became a part of the newly formed Notre Dame Ministry Corporation.
The high school has over 7,500 alumnae in 46 states and 8 countries, and one in seven faculty members are the Sisters. All of its graduates pursue higher education.
Activity groups include: Student Council, Theater, Rebel Writers, Marthas in Training (MIT), A Cappella Group, and clubs for art, for science, for internet, and for Chinese. For outreach there are the Earth Club, Shalom Club, Library Guild, and Harry Potter Club. There are also the National, Hispanic, and Journalism Honor Societies.
The school sponsors 12 sports: basketball, softball, soccer, track, field hockey, cross country, golf, tennis, volleyball, swimming, racquetball, and lacrosse. Excelling in soccer, its goalkeeper was named best in the state in 2016. It also has a competitive cheer-leading group.
Notes and references
- NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 16, 2010. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
- "History". Retrieved 2017-03-16.
- "Clubs". Retrieved 2017-03-16.
- stltoday.com. "Notre Dame High School". stltoday.com. Retrieved 2017-03-16.
- "Home". Notre Dame Rebels - Notre Dame High School Sports. Retrieved 2017-03-16.
- Zuvanich, Adam. "Three St. Louis players receive top honors on all-state teams". stltoday.com. Retrieved 2017-03-16.
- ceichhorn. "NDHS places 4th at AAA Cheer Competition". Notre Dame Rebels - Notre Dame High School Sports. Retrieved 2017-03-16.