Mission & History


Notre Dame High School is a Catholic school ministry in the Diocese of San Bernardino committed to preparing students for college in the finest Catholic tradition, grounded in faith, active in scholarship, and engaged in community.


Notre Dame was founded in 1956 by the Most Reverend Charles F. Buddy, Bishop of the Diocese of San Diego, as a Diocesan secondary school for boys. Rev. J.V. Sullivan, a Diocesan priest served as school principal until 1957 when the administration of the school was taken over by the Holy Ghost Fathers. In 1970, plans were made to merge Notre Dame with Riverside's St. Francis de Sales Girls High School. Under the direction of the Most Reverend Leo T. Maher, Bishop of the Diocese of San Diego, the present coed school was started in 1971.

In 1978, the Diocese of San Diego was divided and the new Diocese of San Bernardino was created with the Most Reverend Philip F. Straling as its first Bishop. Since the formation of the new Diocese, Notre Dame has become a tuition-based self-supporting high school under the Diocese of San Bernardino with an enrollment of approximately 500 students.

Notre Dame- The Early Years