Notre Dame High School (West Haven, Connecticut)

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Notre Dame High School
24 Ricardo Street
West Haven, Connecticut, 06516
United States
Coordinates 41°17′16″N 72°57′39″W / 41.28778°N 72.96083°W / 41.28778; -72.96083Coordinates: 41°17′16″N 72°57′39″W / 41.28778°N 72.96083°W / 41.28778; -72.96083
Type Independent, private, all-male college preparatory school
Motto Educating Minds and Hearts in the Holy Cross Tradition
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1946
Founder Rev. John Heller
President Robert Curtis
Principal Patrick Clifford
Vice principal Adam Laput
Asst. Principal Joseph Ramirez
Faculty 55
Grades 912
Enrollment ~650 (2014)
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Green and Gold         
Athletics conference Southern Conn. Conference, Quinnipiac Division
Mascot Green Knight
Nickname Green Knights
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Newspaper The Knight Errant
Yearbook The Shield
School fees $500
Tuition $12,600 (2015-2016 school year)
Affiliation Brothers of Holy Cross

Notre Dame High School (NDWH) is a private, Roman Catholic, all-male college preparatory school located in West Haven, Connecticut, a coastal suburb of New Haven, Connecticut.


Notre Dame High School was founded in 1946 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, the same religious institute that established the University of Notre Dame. The school's name derives from the French Notre Dame, meaning "Our Lady". Situated on a hill, the school originally comprised several buildings, one of which is Harugari Hall (now in the possession of the neighboring University of New Haven). In 2007, the school announced its plans to expand and upgrade its facilities while keeping to the current footprint, citing an increased need of technology.

In August 2012, the new 28,000-square-foot Arts, Technology, and Spiritual Center was officially opened for the 2012-13 academic school year.

On September 16, 2012, Reverend Henry J. Mansell, Archbishop of Hartford presided over the blessing and dedication of the Arts, Technology, and Spiritual Center, which houses the Saint Brother André Bessette Chapel, the Maureen and George Collins ’58 Auditorium, an enhanced Music Room (which includes practice rooms and a technology room),a state-of-the art Library/Media Center, and a Technology Classroom.

In 2014, Notre Dame High School began raising funds for the "Field of Dreams" project, which aimed to create new football practice fields and renovate the outdoor track. Despite not making its funding goal, Notre Dame continued with the two million dollar project, taking on the rest of the cost as debt.[2]

It was the first time in nearly 50 years Notre Dame added to its campus.

Administration and academics[edit]

Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford, Notre Dame is operated independently by the Congregation of Holy Cross. The school is run day-to-day on a Headmaster-Principal model. Notre Dame draws a diverse student body from across the New Haven County area and beyond. Its sister school is Sacred Heart Academy, located in Hamden, Connecticut.

Notre Dame recently made the change to a trimester academic schedule. The teaching faculty is composed predominantly of laypeople, though there are still a handful of Brothers. Both "extended study" and "semester at college" programs are available to qualified students during their senior year.


Known as the "Green Knights", Notre Dame High School's athletes boast a rich tradition of success with notable football, ice hockey, baseball and track programs. The school is a member of the Quinnipiac Division in the Southern Connecticut Conference. Its gymnasium is decorated with several league and state championship banners and the names of All-State athletes. Most recognized is the sport of golf, for which there are over 11 All-State banners and 11 state championship banners.

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