Notre Dame Catholic High School (Connecticut)

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Notre Dame Catholic High School
220 Jefferson Street

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United States
Coordinates41°13′26″N 73°14′47″W / 41.22389°N 73.24639°W / 41.22389; -73.24639Coordinates: 41°13′26″N 73°14′47″W / 41.22389°N 73.24639°W / 41.22389; -73.24639
TypePrivate, coeducational
MottoBe Imitators of Christ
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
School districtDiocese of Bridgeport
PresidentRev. William Sangiovanni
PrincipalChris Cipriano
ChaplainFr. Peter Cipriani
Enrollment~600 (2008)
Color(s)Navy blue and gold         
Athletics conferenceSouth West Conference
AccreditationNew England Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
NewspaperThe Profile
Dean of StudentsKevin Philipp
Assistant Dean of StudentsJennifer Casceillo
Director of GuidanceSusan McGowan
Athletic DirectorRob Bleggi
Director of AdvancementTheresa Marzik

Notre Dame Catholic High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Fairfield, Connecticut, United States. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport.

Notre Dame Catholic High School was founded in 1955 by the Most Reverend Lawrence Shehan, whose belief was that "The future of our country depends on our youth. To provide them with sound religious and moral training is a major concern of all of us."[2]


The school, built on Park Avenue in Bridgeport, Connecticut, was a co-institution staffed by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, the Holy Cross Fathers, Diocesan clergy and several lay men and women.

In 1956, the first classes of Notre Dame were held at Our Lady of Assumption school in Fairfield while the building was being completed. It opened in September 1957 with a freshman and sophomore class of 1000 students.

In 1964, the school and property of Notre Dame became Sacred Heart University. Two new high schools were established: Notre Dame Girls' in Bridgeport and Notre Dame Boys' in Fairfield. The schools continued to be staffed by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur at the girls' school, the Holy Cross Fathers at the boys school, and an increasing number of laity.

In 1973, the two schools were merged into the present Notre Dame Catholic High School, a co-educational institution open to all levels of academic ability and religious background.[3]


  1. ^ NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Archived from the original on 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2009-07-28. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Notre Dame Catholic High School". Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  3. ^ NDCHS. "About Notre Dame". Retrieved 2007-05-11.

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