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Quincy Notre Dame High School

Quincy Notre Dame High School
1400 South 11th Street
Quincy, Illinois, 62301
United States
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1859
Principal Mark McDowell
Grades 912
Enrollment 391 (2012-2013)
Average class size 22
Student to teacher ratio 20:1
Color(s)      navy blue
     Vegas gold
Athletics conference Independent; West Central (Football Only)
Team name Raiders
Rival Quincy Senior High School, Hannibal (Mo), Rochester, Pittsfield, Palmyra
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Newspaper The Broadcaster
Yearbook The Pride

Quincy Notre Dame High School is a private, Roman Catholic co-educational high school in Quincy, Illinois, United States, founded in 1859, serving upper school students in grades 9-12. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. The curriculum is college preparatory.


  • History 1
  • Academics 2
  • Notable alumni 3
  • Athletics and activities 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Historically, private upper school Catholic education in Quincy was separated between schools for boys and girls. The predecessor to Notre Dame was established as a girls' school in 1859, while the Quincy College Academy was established as the boys' preparatory school. In 1859, a local bishop invited the School Sisters of Notre Dame to teach in the town. First known as the Convent School of Infant Jesus, it was chartered by the state in 1873 as the Saint Mary Institute. When the Quincy College Academy closed, the boys were given temporary acceptance to Notre Dame with the idea that a new boys' academy would be established. They actually ended up staying from 1940 until 1959, when Christian Brothers High School was formed (which changed names again in 1970 to Catholic Boys High School). In 1976 the schools re-merged and became the current Notre Dame High School.[2]


Annually, about 98% of Notre Dame graduates enroll in college programs. The school follows a traditional liberal arts curriculum of language arts, fine arts, mathematics, the sciences, foreign languages, philosophy and theology. Mental, physical and social growth are all a central part of the school's values and are incorporated into the students' education.

While a Roman Catholic school, the student body is not exclusively Catholic, with a portion regularly coming from other faiths.

The school's mission statement: Founded on Catholic values, Quincy Notre Dame High School educates lifelong learners for lives of service.

Notable alumni

  • Kevin Deters, Emmy award winning director
  • Jim Finigan, Major League Baseball Player and 2-time All-Star[3][4]
  • Caren Kemner, U.S. Olympic Volleyball Team Captain and 1992 bronze medalist[5]
  • Cheri Preston, radio anchor, ABC News
  • Michael Swango, serial killer; valedictorian[6]
  • D. A. Weibring, professional golfer, currently playing on the Champions Tour[7]
  • Jack Cornell, professional American football player for the Oakland Raiders, 2 year starter at University of Illinois

Athletics and activities

Notre Dame High School competes in the Mid-State 6 Conference and is a member school in the Illinois High School Association. Their mascot is the Raiders, with school colors of navy, vegas gold, and white. While their student enrollment is 409, their IHSA adjusted enrollment for private or non-boundary schools is 685.[8]

The school has 23 state championships on record in team athletics and activities:[9]

  • Boys' Golf: 1997-1998 (A), 1998-1999 (A)
  • Boys' Soccer: 1985-1986, 2011-2012 (1A)
  • Girls' Basketball: 1982-1983 (A), 1983-1984 (A), 2010-2011 (2A), 2011-2012 (2A), 2012-2013 (3A)
  • Girls' Soccer: 2009-2010 (1A), 2011-2012 (1A), 2012-2013 (1A)
  • Girls' Softball: 1980-1981, 1981-1982, 1983-1984
  • Girls' Volleyball: 1978-1979 (A), 1980-1981 (A), 1998-1999 (A), 2011-2012 (2A)
  • Girl's Pom: 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015


  1. ^ Institution Summary, AdvancED, Retrieved 2012-07-10
  2. ^ "Quincy Notre Dame High School: History". Retrieved 2006-11-11. 
  3. ^ "Jim Finigan". Quincy Notre Dame Website. 
  4. ^ "Jim Finigan Baseball Statistics". 
  5. ^ "Cren Kemner". Quincy Notre Dame Website. 
  6. ^ "Michael Swango". Famous Adams County Residents. Historical Society of Quincy & Adams County. Retrieved 2006-11-11. 
  7. ^ "D.A. Weibring". Quincy Notre Dame Website. 
  8. ^ "Quincy (Notre Dame)". IHSA. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "Quincy (Notre Dame) Season Summaries". IHSA. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 

External links

  • Quincy Notre Dame High School - official site
  • IHSFW's Quincy Notre Dame football page - sport news site
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