Notre Dame High School (West Haven, Connecticut)
|Notre Dame High School|
|One Notre Dame Way
West Haven, Connecticut 06516
|Type||Independent, private, all-male college preparatory school|
|Motto||Educating Minds and Hearts in the Holy Cross Tradition|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Founder||Rev. John Heller|
|Color(s)||Green and Gold|
|Athletics conference||Southern Conn. Conference, Quinnipiac Division|
|Mascot||The Green Knight|
|Accreditation||New England Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Newspaper||The Knight Errant|
|Tuition||$14,250 (2017-2018 school year)|
|Affiliation||Brothers of Holy Cross|
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).
Announced in 2007, 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 this addition, 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 new Library and 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.
Administration and academics
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, basketball, swim and track programs. The school is a member of the Southern Connecticut Conference. Its gymnasium is decorated with several league and state championship banners and the names of All-State athletes.
Notre Dame announced the Chromebook Initiative in 2015, with Brian Footit leading the charge towards ChromeOS. Textbooks at Notre Dame will be available digitally. Notre Dame cited several key reasons for switching to Chromebooks:
- 1:1 Allows all students to have a consistent technology platform;
- Allows teachers to prepare lessons enhanced by technology;
- Facilitates the “flipped” model of learning outside of the classroom;
- Promotes the school’s ability to deliver educational content to all students equally;
- Allows considerable savings in the purchase and utilization of e-textbooks.
- George Collins, Class of 1958 - Former CEO of T. Rowe Price
- Tom Condon, Class of 1970 – Former NFL football player (Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots)
- Daniel Cosgrove, Class of 1989 – Actor (All My Children; Beverly Hills, 90210; Guiding Light)
- Matt DelGuidice, Class of 1985 – Former NHL hockey player (Boston Bruins)
- John DeStefano, Jr., Class of 1973 – Former Mayor of New Haven, Connecticut (1994-2014)
- Bob DuPuy, Class of 1964 – Former President and Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball
- Alan Catello Grazioso, Class of 1987 - Emmy Award winning and five-time nominated nonfiction television producer, director and editor. Grazioso's work has aired on PBS Kids, History (U.S. TV channel), and ESPN. His video contributions to Oxfam's 2016 Webby Award Honoree campaign "Lives on the Line: The Human Cost of Chicken" went viral on Facebook with over 6.4 million views to date.
- John Moffitt, Class of 2006 – Former NFL football player (Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos)
- Leigh Montville, Class of 1961 – Longtime print journalist as a columnist for The Boston Globe as a senior writer with Sports Illustrated
- Wayne Pacelle, Class of 1983 – Current President and Chief Executive Officer of The Humane Society of the United States
- John M. Picard, Class of 1983 – Former Mayor of West Haven, Connecticut (2005–2013)
- Nick Pietrosante, Class of 1954 – Former All-American University of Notre Dame and NFL football player (Detroit Lions Rookie of the Year and Cleveland Browns)
- James L. Richetelli, Jr., Class of 1979 – Former Mayor of Milford, Connecticut (2001-2011)
- Tarek Saleh, Class of 1993 – Former NFL football player (Carolina Panthers and Cleveland Browns)
- NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Retrieved 2009-07-28.