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Notre Dame High School (New Jersey)

Notre Dame High School is a coeducational, Roman Catholic, college preparatory school in the Lawrenceville section of Lawrence Township, in Mercer County, New Jersey, United States. The school operates under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton.[4] The school is accredited by AdvancED.[3]

Notre Dame High School
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Notre Dame High School is located in Mercer County, New Jersey
Notre Dame High School
Notre Dame High School
Notre Dame High School is located in New Jersey
Notre Dame High School
Notre Dame High School
Notre Dame High School is located in the United States
Notre Dame High School
Notre Dame High School
601 Lawrence Road (US 206)

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United States
Coordinates40°15′19.76″N 74°44′38.06″W / 40.2554889°N 74.7439056°W / 40.2554889; -74.7439056Coordinates: 40°15′19.76″N 74°44′38.06″W / 40.2554889°N 74.7439056°W / 40.2554889; -74.7439056
TypePrivate, college preparatory, coeducational
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
OversightDiocese of Trenton
PresidentKen Jennings
PrincipalJoanna Barlow
Asst. PrincipalLisa Lenihan
Asst. principalEleanor MacIsaac
ChaplainRev. Jason Parzynski
Faculty75.1 FTEs[1]
Enrollment930 (as of 2019-20)[1]
Student to teacher ratio15:1[1]
Color(s)     Blue and
Athletics conferenceColonial Valley Conference
Team nameIrish[2]
RivalLawrence High School (New Jersey)
PublicationEtc... (literary/art magazine)
NewspaperThe Voice
YearbookThe Canticle
Senior Vice President for AdvancementMaggie Kelly
Vice President of Finance and OperationsDonna Grabowski
Athletic DirectorRichard Roche
Student Life DirectorDave McWilliam

As of the 2018-19 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,100 students and 75.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 15:1. The school's student body was 79.7% White, 7.1% Asian, 6.2% Black, 5.0% Hispanic, 0.1% American Indian / Alaska Native, 0.1% Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander and 1.9% two or more races.[1]


Built in 1957, Notre Dame High School is located in Lawrenceville, near Princeton University, Rider University, The College of New Jersey, The Lawrenceville School, and Hun School of Princeton. The Catholic Diocese of Trenton also neighbors the school. The main building itself is square in shape, housing classrooms on two floors. Its mascot is the "Irish," usually displayed on athletic wear as a shamrock affixed to "ND." The current president is Ken Jennings, accompanied by principal Joanna Barlow, senior vice president Maggie Kelly, vice president Donna Grabowski, assistant principals Eleanor MacIsaac and Lisa Lenihan, Chaplain Rev. Jason Parzynski and Director of Athletics, Richard Roche.

The school uses a form of block scheduling for its students. In a typical semester, a student has three 80-minute block classes and two 40-minute blocks. One of the 40-minute periods is usually reserved for a lunch period while the other is reserved for physical education or an additional 40-minute class. There is an "activity period" between the four 80-minute blocks during the day in which students can study, take an additional lunch period or participate in various school activities (groups, clubs, community service).

The school features a newly-renovated theatre, gymnasium, student center (cafeteria), several standard classrooms, offices, computer and science labs, school store (The Leprechaun Shop), a renovated track, wrestling room, cross country path, weight-room, turf field with stands, tennis courts, various outdoor playing fields, media center–library, chapel, campus ministry, College & School Counseling office, and courtyard.

Parallel to the school's student parking lot flows Shabakunk Creek, which was the location of a Revolutionary War skirmish between American rebels led by Colonel Edward Hand and the British military, delaying the British before the Second Battle of Trenton. A small commemorative sign marks the spot where the battle occurred.[5][6]

Class of 2019 student dataEdit

The 2019 averages of the school's SAT scores were 536 Critical Reading, 536 Writing and 544 Math. Fourteen Advanced Placement Program courses were tested. Of 519 AP exams taken, 108 students had a score of 5; 151 had a score of 4; and 156 had a score of 3. The class had one student who was recognized as a semi-finalist and 11 students who were recognized as Commended Scholars by the National Merit Scholarship Program. 99% of students went on to college, with 87% going on to a four-year college, 12% to a two-year college, and 1% to employment or the military.[7]

Performing artsEdit

Notre Dame High School has an active performing arts department which presents three productions annually: a fall drama or comedy, a late-winter musical, and a late-spring comedy, drama, or musical. Past performances have included The Little Mermaid, Show Boat, Kiss Me, Kate, Godspell, Man of La Mancha, Inherit the Wind, Grease, West Side Story, The Crucible, Beauty and the Beast, You Can't Take It with You, Scapino!, Les Misérables, The Pajama Game, Peter Pan, Footloose, Seussical, Hairspray and Anything Goes. The musicals annually perform for audiences from 3,500-5,000.

Along with theatrical productions, a dance program entitled Fusion, based on contemporary dance styles, is rehearsed during the fall and performs later in the winter. The dance program, which is headed by Debby Rittler Gibilisco, has three separate levels. The Performing Arts Department, led by Lou Gibilisco, offers classes such as Digital Recording, Piano Technique, and Musical Theory, along with overseeing the various musical groups in the school: Concert Choir, String Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Madrigal Choir (the latter two requiring auditions). The Concert Band, Fusion dance, and Madrigal all travel to Disney World (alternating every year between the Concert Band and the Madrigal/Fusion) to participate in workshops, master classes, and performances.


The Notre Dame High School Irish[2] participate in the Colonial Valley Conference, which includes high schools from Mercer and Burlington Counties, and the West Jersey Football League (WJFL). Both leagues operate under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[8] The football team competes in the Capitol Division of the 95-team West Jersey Football League superconference[9] and was classified by the NJSIAA as Non-Public Group IV for football for 2017-18.[10] In the 2018 season, the football team won the Capitol Division. The school is historically known for its football team and track program, which have both earned numerous awards and acknowledgments.

In the 2012-13 season, Notre Dame won seven Colonial Valley Conference Championships (in girls' soccer, boys' basketball, girls' basketball, boys' swimming, ice hockey, baseball, and girls' lacrosse) and three Mercer County Titles (in boys' basketball, ice hockey and baseball). The boys' basketball and girls' lacrosse teams had their finest seasons in school history. The boys' basketball team boasted a record of 25-4 while the girls' lacrosse team went 17-4, losing in the Group III South State Final to national power Moorestown. The ice hockey team had a six-year, 81-game winning streak in Colonial Valley Conference play, spanning from 2011 until a close loss to rival Princeton High School 4-3 on January 6, 2017.[11]

The girls' outdoor track and field team won the Non-Public A state championship in 1982-1985 and 1993-2000. The 12 state championships won by the girls' squad is tied for the most by any school and the eight consecutive titles won from 1993 to 2000 marks the longest streak of any school in the state. The boys' team won the Non-Public A title in 1992, 1996, 1997 and 2005.[12] Notre Dame's Sabrina Alexander won the Non-Public A state championship in the 100m hurdles in 2013. Vanessa Romulus won the Non-Public A state championship in the high jump in 2012 and 2013. Nicole Kurtain won the Non-Public A individual cross country championship in 2001.[13]

The Notre Dame girls' basketball team won the Non-Public A state championships in 1994-95 vs. Immaculate Heart Academy and in 1995-96 vs. Paramus Catholic High School.[14]

The boys' swim team capped their 2009-10 season undefeated and went on to win the Mercer County Tournament for the third straight year.[15][16]

The softball team won the 2007 South A state sectional championship with a 2-1 win over Red Bank Catholic High School in the tournament final.[17] The team then won the Non-Public Group A state championship with a 1-0 win over Mount Saint Dominic Academy.[18]

The tennis team won the 1999 South A state sectional championship with a 4-1 win over Monsignor Donovan High School in the tournament final at Veterans Park.[19]

The Notre Dame golf team captured their first Mercer County Golf Championship in 2009, ending a 23-year drought with a total team score of 314, six shots better than the closest team.[20]

In 2014, the girls' basketball team won the Mercer County Tournament championship for the eighth time, defeating Hopewell Valley Central High School by a score of 49-35 in the tournament final.[21]

In the 2014-15 season, the athletic programs won three state regional championships.[citation needed]

The girls' soccer team won the Non-Public A South title over Holy Cross Academy on penalty kicks, with the score tied at 2-2 after two overtimes.[22]

In 2018, wrestler Joe Schneider broke the all-time win record at the school.

In 2019, Angelina Romero became the first wrestler in the school's history to place at states, coming in second in the 118 girl's category during the New Jersey State tournament in Atlantic City.

Notable alumniEdit


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  14. ^ PUBLIC GIRLS PAST STATE CHAMPIONS, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 10, 2015.
  15. ^ 2009-10 Photo Gallery, Mercer County Tournament Association. Accessed September 1, 2011. "Notre Dame's Joe LeBender swims the freestyle leg of the 200 individual medley at the MCT. The Irish took first in the 200 IM and won their third straight county title."
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  25. ^ Franklin, Paul. "After long journey, Michelle Campbell finds herself in the WNBA", The Times (Trenton), June 3, 2013. Accessed November 2, 2017. "At Rutgers, even though she would be a 1,000-point scorer, Michelle Campbell never received the attention afforded to players like Cappie Pondexter and Chelsea Newton, or even younger teammates Essence Carson, Matee Ajavon and Kia Vaughn.... The Notre Dame High School graduate, who grew up in Princeton with three sisters, pursued her passion."
  26. ^ Biography, New York State Senator Martin Connor. Accessed November 2, 2017. "Born in 1945 in Trenton, New Jersey, Senator Connor attended parochial schools, graduating first in his class from Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey."
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