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  • The field upgrades are part of our continued efforts to invest in our athletic programs and in the many students who benefit from the learning opportunities inherent in co-curricular athletics.

    Field of Dreams

    The Multi-sport athletic facility will include:

    • NEW Artificial Turf
    • Raised Fencing & Netting
    • A Batting Cage
    • Backstop & Home Plate
    • Portable Pitching Mound
    • Baseball In Field
    • Regulation Football Field Markings & End Zone
    • Soccer Goal & Goalie Box

    Nearly two-thirds of the students at Notre Dame participate in athletics and the entire school community benefits from the excitement of competing with One Heart and One Spirit.

    Catholic Schools recognize the significance of athletic programs in the formation of our students in a college preparatory environment.  Participation in athletics affords students the opportunity to develop life skills, such as team work, goal-setting, commitment, time management, problem-solving, perseverance, self-sacrifice and other skills necessary to succeed in challenging college and career environments.

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    Groundbreaking on Notre Dame High Schools NEW feild
  • It is a difficult task to put into words what Notre Dame is and what sets it apart from other schools.  What makes this task difficult is not what to list, but that it is not a list. It is an ever evolving story book made up of people, actions, and events.  It is the stories of a student losing a $50 dollar bill and it being returned to the office, holding a graduation ceremony early for a student’s mother that will not live to see the actual graduation ceremony, the school coming together to support the family of a student lost in a car accident, or to support a partner school principal after losing her husband in the San Bernardino terrorist attacks that makes Notre Dame who it is. Every school has a list of AP classes, sports and awards, but deep down what matters is how will the leadership, faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni support each other. In short, it is a feeling of community and a strong sense belonging.


    The definition of community is a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. If I had to use just one word to explain what sets Notre Dame apart from other schools, I would use the word “Community”.   Within the Riverside area, there are many good schools. These schools all offer AP classes, successful sports programs and a long list of co-curricular activities. The one thing that those schools cannot offer, but Notre Dame can, is a caring Catholic school culture with the support of a large community of alumni, parents, teachers, staff and students.


    I attended Catholic school grades K-8 and then a public high school. I had thought in my younger years that every high school is the same. As I grew older, I began to notice the differences that Notre Dame offered students. Now that I am a part of the Notre Dame family, I see even more of how I missed out. I see the guidance students receive for classes and college, the openness of the administration and teachers to assist students and their families, and the sense of belonging long after graduation has passed.  


    Alumni speak of how without the guidance of teachers and administrators they do not know where they may be now. Many have remained close with their respective classes and have regular gatherings.  Notre Dame alumni range from business owners, doctors, assembly men, deputy district attorneys, and the list goes on.  It is clear that Notre Dame alumni go on to serve their community.


    Notre Dame High School is a school where students are not only educated, but belong to a community that will support the student to graduation and beyond. Notre Dame is a school where students learn to be successful in the classroom and in life.  There is a difference and it’s worth it.


    Ashley Vallin
    Director of Admission

     

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  • As one of the newest members of the Notre Dame faculty, I would like to share my experience at Riverside’s Catholic High School.  The first few months have flown by and it has definitely been a fun and exciting time as I have pursued this new adventure in my life. I have had nothing but positive experiences during my first year. Every day is an exciting new challenge which I happily embrace and much look forward to. The atmosphere is probably the best part about teaching here. The experienced faculty have all been very helpful.  They have welcomed me, supported my adjustment to a new teaching environment, and have shared many helpful teaching tips.

    We are extremely lucky at Notre Dame to have a leadership team that works with us and helps anytime we have issues arise. They are very supportive and perhaps the best part about them is their accessibility. Anytime we have a question or concern, we can shoot them an email or knock on their door and get a response immediately. They really do go out of their way to accommodate new teachers. When teachers have emergencies or have to take a day off for illness, our administration is more then willing to assist us.  I was recently deployed for military service and took leave to complete my annual reserve training in the United’s Stated Coast Guard.  The leadership team was very supportive and did everything they could to make it as easy and stress free as possible to complete my military service.  Countless other teachers have told me about the help they have received from our Principal, President and VP’s anytime they had an issue arise.

    Notre Dame is a great school.  We are on the forefront of innovative educational technology in the Inland Empire. Our whole school is fully Apple and pretty close to paperless.  The faculty is equipped with a new Apple iPad Pro’s and MacBooks.  Each teacher completes Apple professional development in pursuit of badges to become certified Apple Educators.  Each student is issued an iPad Pro on a Multiple Device Management network and the students are enrolled in iTunes U courses. The iPads have all the latest and best apps to help accommodate their learning. We also have begun to implement blended learning through our professional development training. This should help us reach and accommodate the needs of all our students. The innovative learning environment that we are developing will help us to continue to be one of the best learning environments in the Inland Empire.

    I would highly recommend to new or experienced teachers looking to fulfill their calling as a teacher to take a look at Notre Dame.  It’s a tight-knit family where all are welcome, where we all know each other, and where we are able to thrive without unnecessary constraints.  All of this while being able to immerse ourselves in our Catholic faith life.

    Mr. Chris Paterson
    Teacher
    AP Government
    World History

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    Notre Dame High School
  • I’ve been in sports my whole life. In the winter of 1982 my father signed me up to play basketball and I was hooked, so much so that, for the last 36 years I’ve yet to miss a season.  That’s thirty-six straight years of playing and coaching without a season off.

    Sports are important to me; sports are important to our society. The lessons associated with playing athletics through your teenage years can be crucial to the physical and mental development of any individual.  That passion I have to compete on a daily basis and continually improve as a life long learner was rooted in playing sports through those formative teenage years. It’s the very reason that I coach and relentlessly support kids in athletics. I am a firm believer in the experience of athletics, being a part of a team, and competing.

    Competing and winning is key. If winning wasn’t important they wouldn’t keep score. However, winning is just a byproduct of commitment, effort, and attitude multiplied by one’s character. Those variables are what I emphasize daily with my own team. Subsequently, we have been reasonably successful on the court over the years. In the last 11 seasons we have captured 6 league championships culminated by tying the Riverside County record of 31 wins in a season and a trip to the state semifinals in 2017. Winning is contagious and breeds competition. Whether you are an all-state forward, or the 12th man, if your desire to compete is fostered on daily basis then you become something better. And that’s what I am in the business of doing, making kids better.

    People ask me often why I have stayed at Notre Dame for so long. Coaching for 18 years in one place isn’t the norm. The reason why I’ve stayed is simple: coaching and playing at Notre Dame is an experience that very few high schools in southern California can imitate. We are a small school in a big area that plays much larger schools and at a level higher than our enrollment numbers indicate.  

    What is truly different about being a part of the athletic programs at Notre Dame is the plethora of big school opportunities our students have to participate in CIF sanctioned sports.  We fill 17 boys and girls sports teams within a small school environment. It’s just sheer numbers. In essence, if you go out for the team, you have an incredible opportunity to not only be a part of a team, but to play.  At Notre Dame every kid has a legit shot to experience those team and competitive moments that last a lifetime. That’s why I’m here, that’s why I wish every kid was here with me.

    Robert Robinson (Coach Rob)
    Head Basketball Coach

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    Notre Dame High School Basketball