Notre Dame College Prep

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Notre Dame College Preps
We are men of faith, scholarship, and service.
7655 West Dempster Street
Niles, Illinois 60714
United States
Coordinates42°02′19″N 87°49′04″W / 42.0386°N 87.8178°W / 42.0386; -87.8178Coordinates: 42°02′19″N 87°49′04″W / 42.0386°N 87.8178°W / 42.0386; -87.8178
TypePrivate, All-Male
DenominationRoman Catholic
FounderCongregation of Holy Cross
OversightArchdiocese of Chicago
PresidentRalph Elwart
PrincipalDaniel Tully
Enrollment800 (2017)
Campus size28 acres (110,000 m2)
Color(s)Green, White, and Blue
Fight songMarch of the Dons
Athletics conferenceEast Suburban Catholic Conference
MascotHarvey the Bull
Team nameDons
RivalSt. Patrick High School
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]

Notre Dame College Prep is a male-only Roman Catholic secondary school founded in Niles, Illinois in 1955 by the Congregation of Holy Cross. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. The school was built by Belli & Belli of Chicago.[3]

Prior to 2008, Notre Dame College Prep was known as Notre Dame High School for Boys. Because Notre Dame is a common name for schools, this school is often confused with Peoria Notre Dame High School and Quincy Notre Dame High School, both of which are located in Illinois. Despite the similarity in name, this school is not affiliated with the Notre Dame High School for Girls, found in Chicago.


Notre Dame College Prep was one of the first Catholic high schools to open in the suburban Chicago area. It was opened at the request of the then Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago, Samuel Stritch, with the supervision of the Priests of the Congregation of Holy Cross.

The timing of the new school corresponded to the closing of the Congregation's school (Columbia Prep School) in Portland, Oregon. About half of the faculty came east from Portland to start the new school in Illinois. They also brought with them the old school's athletic uniforms, which necessitated the new school's colors to be the same as the Oregon school's (green and white). Even the old school's fight song was brought along, with appropriate new wording changes made by an early music teacher.

The original name of Notre Dame High School for Boys drew a connection between the Congregation's most noted local center of higher learning, the University of Notre Dame, and the Chicago area, which had given its support to the University and the congregation over many years. An excerpt from the Congregation's Province Review in 1954 noted:[4]

For years the University (of Notre Dame) and the Community have been helped by a large group of loyal friends in the Chicago area. It is fitting that the first major high school work undertaken by our Province should be in Chicago. Many elements entered into the decision to accept this school, but one of the most sincere was the desire to express the Community’s gratitude to the Catholics of Chicago for their past support and friendship.

In the summer of 2006, the Congregation announced that it would be ending its formal association with the school, effective at the end of the 2006-07 school year. Since then, a board of both religious and lay people have acted to run the school and maintain a relationship with the Archdiocese.[5]


The school offers four programs designed for students of differing levels of skill, with a focus on college preparation - Hesburgh Scholar Program, College Prep Program, St. Andre Bessette, CSC Scholar Program, Burke Scholar Program.[6]

The following Advanced Placement courses are offered: English Literature, English Language, Italian Language, Studio Art, Spanish Language, Calculus (BC), Government, US History, World History, European History, Latin, and Computer Science Principles.

AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and AP Physics 1 and 2 are offered on a longer-term rotation, where at least two of these courses are available at any given time. [7]


Notre Dame High School sponsors teams in 15 sports that are governed by the Illinois High School Association: baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. All of these teams (except for bowling and swimming) compete in the East Suburban Catholic Conference.

The school also sponsors teams in ice hockey and lacrosse. Lacrosse competes in the Chicago Metro Conference, and plays in a state tournament governed by the Illinois High School Lacrosse Association.[8] The hockey team plays in the Chicago Suburban Catholic League.

The following teams placed in the top four at IHSA sponsored state tournaments:[9]

  • Baseball •• State Champions (2003—04)
  • Football •• 2nd place (1989—90)
  • Bass Fishing •• 3rd place (2012-13)

The hockey team won three state tournaments in 1976, 1992, and 2010 through the AHAI State Tournament, the governing body of hockey in Illinois.

Notable alumni[edit]


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  8. ^ IHSLA standings
  9. ^ IHSA history for Notre Dame HS
  10. ^ "Brian Bagnall, Chicago-Area Man, Gives Away Most Of His Belongings In Response To Black Friday". The Huffington Post. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
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  18. ^ press release announcing Jim Les entering ESCC Hall of Fame
  19. ^ Jim Les entry @ basketball
  20. ^ press release on Luzinski's uniform number retirement
  21. ^ 1968 MLB draft recap
  22. ^ Notre Dame:High School of the Week, Adam L. Jahns, 26 Sept, 2007, Chicago Sun Times (sourced 7 August 2008)
  23. ^ Bio at Chicago Blackhawkswebsite
  24. ^ Rocky Mountain News June 14, 2006 Pipe Was Calling Trombonist
  25. ^ "Pudi Sharpens His Spanish on 'Community' Webisodes". Retrieved on August 17, 2010.
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