Notre Dame Academy (Hingham, Massachusetts)

Notre Dame Academy (Hingham, Massachusetts)
Notre Dame Academy
1073 Main Street
Hingham, Massachusetts, (Plymouth County), 02043
 United States
Coordinates 42°11′5″N 70°53′17″W / 42.18472°N 70.88806°W / 42.18472; -70.88806Coordinates: 42°11′5″N 70°53′17″W / 42.18472°N 70.88806°W / 42.18472; -70.88806
Type Private, All-Girls
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic,
Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
Established 1853
President Sister Barbara Barry
Principal Kathleen Colin
Asst. Principal Connie Hyder
Grades 912
Enrollment 600  (2008)
Average class size 20
Student to teacher ratio 11:1
Campus size 68 acres (280,000 m2)
Color(s) Blue and Gold         
Team name Cougars
Accreditation(s) New England Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Newspaper 'Medallion'
Tuition $14,490
Alumni 5,104
Admissions Director Patricia Spatola
Athletic Director Donna Brickley

Notre Dame Academy is a private, all-girls Roman Catholic high school in Hingham, Massachusetts. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston.



Notre Dame Academy, sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, is the oldest Catholic day academy for girls in New England. Located in Hingham, MA since 1965, it has its roots in two earlier academies: Notre Dame Academy, Boston (Lancaster Street, Berkeley Street, the Fenway, Granby Street) begun in 1853, and Notre Dame Academy, Roxbury, opened in 1854.

Sisters of Notre Dame traveled to the east coast from Cincinnati to found the academies. The Boston Academy began in a simple wooden structure (Lancaster Street) and within ten years the flourishing school needed to move to a larger facility. For the next fifty years, the academy radiated a strong religious and intellectual influence from its Berkeley Street campus. As the area became a booming industrial center in the city, it was no longer conducive for the Academy and so the school moved once again. In 1916 the school moved to 400 The Fenway and by 1919 shared the location with the new Emmanuel College. As the college grew, the Academy moved once again, to Granby Street. The Boston Academy continued to flourish at this site until 1954.

Notre Dame Academy at Washington Street in the Roxbury section of Boston began in 1854 as a day school and boarding school. In 1954 the students from the Granby Street School joined the students at the Roxbury campus and there was one Academy in the city. As the city changed and the needs of the south shore increased, the school relocated to the present Hingham campus. Today, to meet the needs of the current student body, NDA is rebuilding at the Hingham campus and expanding its facilities.

For over 155 years, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and their lay colleagues have provided a college preparatory education to young women, encompassing the spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical development of their students.


The school is located on a 68-acre (280,000 m2) campus. The academic building consists of a chapel, auditorium, classrooms, science labs, art rooms, music and choral rooms, library, computer labs, the Maribeth Merrigan Multi Media Learning Center, guidance center, gymnasium, cafeteria, offices and meeting rooms. The campus includes a memorial garden, three athletic fields for soccer, field hockey, softball and lacrosse, an eight-lane track, and five tennis courts.

Student body

Students come to NDA from over 40 towns across the south shore and surrounding areas. They travel south from Norwood, Westwood and Boston. Some travel west from the Brockton area and others travel north from towns such as Plymouth, Kingston and Cape Cod. Students come from a variety of public, private and parochial schools.


Students at Notre Dame Academy follow a rigorous academic program. All classes are college preparatory. Honors and Advanced Placement sections are offered in most subject areas. Notre Dame also provides an Integrated Curriculum experience for its students. This program, initiated in 2003, allows students to learn about a particular topic by integrating all disciplines. Time is set aside for each class to experience presentations by various faculty members and guest speakers on topics that encourage students to think critically, and in an integrated way, about the world around them.

Fast Facts

The school mascot is the cougar.

The golf team has won the last 10 straight state championships and has not lost a match in the last 8 years.

The swim team has won 4 consecutive state championships.

The basketball team won the 2009 Division II State Championship for the first time in school history. Margaret Riordan led NDA with 13 points and nine rebounds, while Nellie Kennedy added eight points and eight caroms. Samantha Whitham scored six points (five rebounds) with Jessica Aruda adding five, and Kelsey Reilly four (five rebounds). Overall, NDA won the rebounding battle 29-22. The NDA basketball team defeated Millbury 33-33.

Cross Country is the best sport there.

The Notre Dame Academy Cheerleaders have been very successful in the past few years. They won two state championships in 2010 and 2011.

Notable alumnae

External links

Notes and references

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