Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, California)

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Notre Dame High School
Notre Dame hs logo.jpg
13645 Riverside Drive
Sherman Oaks, California 91423
United States
Coordinates 34°9′30″N 118°25′50″W / 34.15833°N 118.43056°W / 34.15833; -118.43056Coordinates: 34°9′30″N 118°25′50″W / 34.15833°N 118.43056°W / 34.15833; -118.43056
Type Private, Day, College-prep
Motto "Educating Hearts and Minds"
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic;
Congregation of Holy Cross
Established 1947
CEEB code 053370
President Brett A. Lowart
Principal Alice Cotti
Faculty 93
Grades 9-12
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 1,262 (as of 2014–15)
Color(s) Navy Blue and Gold         
Athletics conference CIF Southern Section
Serra League
Nickname Knights
Rival Crespi Carmelite
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Newspaper The Knight
Yearbook Arches
Tuition $16,000
Notre Dame High School Gymnasium

Notre Dame High School (NDHS) in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, is a co-ed Catholic college preparatory high school founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1947.

Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Notre Dame is known for a college-prep academic program, championship athletics, and fine arts program. NDHS has been honored by the United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools Program[2][3] and is known for its academic program, band, and football, baseball and cross country teams, its newspaper is The Knight, a member of the High School National Ad Network.

Notre Dame was founded as an all-male school, and became a co-educational school in the 1982–1983 school year, the Class of 1986 is the first graduating class to include females. The Class of 1987 included the first full-term (4-year) female students.

Notre Dame High School was used as a backdrop in episode 27, "Log 15: Exactly One Hundred Yards", of the NBC police series Adam-12, which aired on September 20, 1969.


After the establishment of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, a group of Holy Cross Brothers traveled to Southern California in the 1940s; in 1941, the Brothers were invited to staff St. Anthony’s Parish High School in Long Beach; in 1945, the land at the corner of Riverside and Woodman was purchased for $45,000. In 1947, Notre Dame High School opened as an all boys school with a freshman class of 125 and a faculty of five, four of whom were Holy Cross Brothers.

In 1983-84, Notre Dame began a new era of co-education with the admission of the first female students (66 sophomores and 119 freshmen), this addition created many changes at Notre Dame: the facilities were adjusted to meet new needs, new faculty were hired and the athletic department was expanded to incorporate girls’ sports.

Notre Dame’s campus has significantly grown since the Riverside Building was built in 1947; in May 1951, the gymnasium used today was completed. The Woodman Building followed in September 1956. Buildings, such as the five classroom Annex, have come and gone, the Allegretti Building was opened in May 1987 which provided an office complex and classrooms in the area between the Woodman and Riverside Buildings. Most recently, there have been two major classroom buildings built: the Fritz B. Burns Center for Arts and Technology in January 2002 and the Hampton Science Center in January 2007.


Notre Dame offers a college preparatory curriculum with honors and advanced placement courses in Art, English, Foreign Languages, Mathematics, Science, Computer Science, and Social Studies, the school also offers elective courses covering a wide range of topics. There are 93 faculty members and administration, with 64 holding master's degrees and 3 with doctoral degrees.[4] Advanced Placement courses are available to students in grades 10–12.

Extracurricular activities[edit]


Notre Dame High School is considered one of California's Top 15 High School Football Dynasties and one of the most dominant football teams in the state based on wins and state titles.[5]

Irish Knight Band[edit]

Notre Dame's band is the Irish Knight Marching Band, the band has performed at over 500 consecutive football games and has won several awards at band reviews, performing in numerous band review competitions throughout Southern California. The band has not missed a varsity football game since the 1967 season, it started in 1947, making it the oldest extracurricular activity on campus. For many years, the NDHS Irish Knight Band supported the University of Notre Dame by performing at football games when the Fighting Irish were in Los Angeles to play USC.[citation needed]

The Irish Knight Band (IKB) has performed in competitions across the country, and in 1979, participated in the Fiesta Flambeau parade in Texas, performed at Alamo Stadium, and marched through the streets of downtown San Antonio, that competition was marked by a sniper taking shots at other bands marching in the parade. The band has performed at:

  • The Tournament of Roses Parade
  • The Fiesta Bowl Parade
  • The Holiday Bowl Parade
  • The Calgary Stampede Parade
  • The Hollywood Christmas Parade

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  2. ^ "National Blue Ribbon Schools recognized 1982-2016" (PDF). United States Department of Education. December 22, 2016. 
  3. ^ Riccardi, Nicholas (February 9, 1996). "Valleywide : Schools Lauded for Academic Excellence". Los Angeles Times. 
  4. ^ NDHS. "Course Catalogue". Retrieved 2014-12-05. 
  5. ^ "California's Top 15 High School Football Dynasties". Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Springer, Steve (September 29, 1995). "Kicker Goes for Two: Football and Soccer : UCLA: Sailer, a freshman, punts for Bruins but wants to play second sport too". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on January 17, 2016. 
  8. ^ Los Angeles Times (17 November 2014). "Baseball: Remembering Giancarlo Stanton at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame". Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
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