Notre Dame was opened on September 12, 2005 to grade 10 and 11 students. In 2012 ND underwent a major renovation and expansion, adding more classrooms and programs for students. Currently ND has over 1700 students and continues to grow.
The Notre Dame High School Logo was officially commissioned in the spring of 2005 to encapsulate the spirit and philosophy of the school.
Notre Dame (Our Lady in French) refers to our patron saint, Mother Mary. In the logo Mother Mary cradles the baby Jesus in her arms, who is our Saviour and Lord. The cylindrical design of the logo is representative of the physical shape of the Chapel as viewed from the west side of Notre Dame High School. They cylinder is also reminiscent of the Paschal Candle which carries a special significance during the Easter Season. The Cross and Spire above Mother Mary’s veil is a prominent architectural feature of the Chapel and serves to remind us of our faith and Jesus Christ’s ultimate sacrifice for our salvation.
The gold (sky and spire) and navy (mountains and prairie) are the official school colors. Mother Mary’s veil and garment are a lighter shade of blue and are representative of a life of service especially exemplified by Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The narrow ribbon of white connotes a stream or river. The stream represents Nose Creek which is a historically and geographically significant feature of our area. The school is situated between the confluence of West Nose Creek in Symons Valley to our west and to Nose Creek which flows towards the Bow River, to the east. Before Notre Dame High School was officially named, it was referred to as the Nose Creek High School during consultation and early development phases.
The ribbon also represents the Elbow River which flows past the Our Lady of Peace Cairn site west of Calgary. The cairn commemorates the Our Lady of Peace Mission which began in 1865. The Calgary Catholic Diocese’s St. Mary’s Cathedral finds its origin in the original stone church erected downstream from this mission in 1889. The Biblical reference which comes to mind when viewing the stream in the logo is Psalm 23: 1 & 2 “The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.”
The gold signifies the glory and majesty of God. It represents the sun of the new day and the holiness of Mother Mary and Baby Jesus. The mountains and hills represent Nose Hill Park which borders Notre Dame’s community to the west. It is also representative of the Rocky Mountains and the splendor of God’s creation. We are reminded by Psalm 121: 1 – 2; “I look up to the mountains -- does my help come from there? My help comes from the LORD, who made the heavens and the earth!”
Athletic Logo & Team Name
The Notre Dame High School Team Name is PRIDE and was chosen from a selection of names submitted by students from our Junior High Feeder Schools. A group of lions is referred to as a “Pride of Lions” and hence our mascot is a lion.