A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE
THE HISTORY OF NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL
A Message from our Principal
Dear Friends and Members of the Notre Dame Family,
Welcome to Notre Dame High School a Catholic High School that is committed to providing each child a physically and emotionally safe learning environment that challenges their potential and positions them strongly for our ever changing world.
More than ever the world needs schools like Notre Dame, which challenge young men and women to become future leaders and responsible members of our local communities and the world at large. We are committed to developing young people of faith, integrity and leadership. Since 1952 Notre Dame has been committed to the success of each child with a focus on four key areas:
Dignity- Notre Dame cherishes the dignity of each of our students as a gift to them from God, rooted in their creation in the image and likeness of God. Knowing that human beings must engage in a lifelong process of achieving holiness, we support our students in their journey of discovering their vocation using the social justice teachings of the church and the cardinal virtues as our guide.
Academic Excellence- strong academic rigor preparing each student for college with critical thinking skills and a commitment to lifelong learning.
Character Development- mutual respect…. Shared pride and a commitment to doing what is right.
Creating model citizens of the future- service oriented individuals that are committed to the greater good of their communities and society in a selfless manner.
The Board of Trustees, the leadership team and faculty are passionately dedicated to providing our students with a comprehensive educational experience that positions them strongly for post high school and helps them realize their dreams and maximize their potential.
Mr. Wade Bianco
Our School's Prayer
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, we fly unto thee, O Virgin of Virgins, Our Mother; to thee do we come; before thee we stand; sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer them.
Our School Prayer: The Memorare
Serving Our Community Since 1951
Notre Dame High School, the only Catholic secondary school between Buffalo and Rochester, was the vision of Msgr. Edward J. Ferger, pastor of St. Mary’s Parish and former editor of the Diocese of Buffalo monthly newspaper. Ground-breaking for the $550,000 three floor school was held May 6, 1951. That September, the first class of 58 students – taught by two Sisters of Mercy - began in temporary quarters at St. Anthony’s parochial school.
The present school on Union St. opened on schedule September 3, 1952 when nuns of the Holy Cross order greeted 200 students, nearly half in upper grades from the city’s public schools. The faculty was almost-all religious, Diocesan priests, Consolata fathers, and Felician nuns would teach a family values-based curriculum that included religion, even for the 15-20 percent of students who were not Catholic.
The school, which has graduated nearly 4,000 young men and women, remains steadfast and faithful to its mission as it moves into its second half-century.
Since 1991, the former diocesan school, losing students and heavily subsidized by the Diocese of Buffalo, had its future secured when the operation and fund-raising were taken over by a local Board of Trustees, and a NDHS Foundation, both bodies served by local volunteer business and professional men and women.
Today, students benefit from diverse learning experiences in a beautifully renovated building. The Capital Campaign of 2015 further secured Notre Dame High School's place in the future by strengthening our endowment and bringing the facilities into the twenty first century. Each classroom is equipped for student presentations, video conferencing, and interactive lessons.
Our diverse learning community includes Catholics and non-Catholics, just as we did in 1952. Our student population speaks six languages and represents nearly a dozen countries.
With over 60 courses including AP and college credit courses, students have a wide variety of subjects to study and many leave Notre Dame High School with a full semester or more of college work completed. Additionally students can participate in a full offering of extracurriculars including athletics, drama, clubs, and christian service.