Notre Dame College Prep

Notre Dame College Preparatory 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]

Notre Dame College Prep
7655 West Dempster Street


United States
Coordinates42°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
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[2]

Prior to 2008, Notre Dame College Prep was known as Notre Dame High School for Boys.

History edit

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. From 2006 to 2015, a board of both religious and lay people ran the school and maintained a relationship with the Archdiocese.[5] In 2015, the Brothers of Holy Cross began sponsorship of the school.[6]

Academics edit

The school offers four programs designed for students of differing levels of skill which focus on college preparation - Hesburgh Scholar Program, College Prep Program, St. Andre Bessette, and the CSC Scholar Program.[7] The Burke Scholar Program is for students with developmental and learning disabilities who are below grade level but can function in a classroom without 1:1 support. Students in the program have a choice of attaining a high school diploma or a certificate of completion, the latter of which will enable the student to continue receiving special education services until reaching the age of 22.[8]

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.[9]

Athletics edit

Notre Dame College Prep 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.[10] The hockey team plays in the Chicago Suburban Catholic League.

In addition, Notre Dame College Prep offers boxing, but does not compete other schools in that sport.

The following teams placed in the top seven at IHSA sponsored state tournaments:[11]

  • Baseball •• State Champions (2003—04)
  • Football •• 2nd place (1989—90)
  • Football •• State Semi-Finals (2018–19)
  • Cross Country •• State Team Qualifier (2012 season)
  • Bass Fishing •• 3rd place (2012–13)
  • Cross Country •• State Individual Qualifier (2017 season)
  • Cross Country •• State Team Qualifier (2018, 2022 seasons)

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

Notre Dame College Prep has fielded one of the top-ranked basketball teams in Illinois and several graduates have gone on to successful college basketball and professional careers, including Jim Les and Matt Mooney, who each played in the NBA.

Notable alumni edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Tuition & Financial Aid".
  2. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  3. ^ "Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois".
  4. ^ History of Notre Dame HS
  5. ^ Chicago Tribune, Dec. 19, 2006
  6. ^ NDCP Website
  7. ^ Student programs
  8. ^ "Burke Scholar Program".
  9. ^ "Alumni Association" (PDF).
  10. ^ IHSLA standings
  11. ^ IHSA history for Notre Dame HS
  12. ^ List of the youngest mayors in the United States
  13. ^ "Des Plaines mayor-elect young, not inexperienced". 12 April 2013.
  14. ^ press release announcing Jim Les entering ESCC Hall of Fame
  15. ^ Jim Les entry @ basketball
  16. ^ press release on Luzinski's uniform number retirement
  17. ^ 1968 MLB draft recap
  18. ^ Notre Dame:High School of the Week, Adam L. Jahns, 26 Sept, 2007, Chicago Sun Times (sourced 7 August 2008)
  19. ^ Rocky Mountain News June 14, 2006 Pipe Was Calling Trombonist
  20. ^ "Pudi Sharpens His Spanish on 'Community' Webisodes". Retrieved on August 17, 2010.

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