Legacy Schools
Legacy Schools
The Sisters of Notre Dame, founded in Coesfeld, Germany in 1850, arrived in Cleveland in 1874. Within four years, they founded Notre Dame Academy. Because of growing enrollment, the Academy relocated to Ansel Road in 1915. It thrived in the following decades until in the early 1950's the school began feeling the effects of Cleveland’s population shift to the suburbs. The movement of the school in 1963 to Munson Township in Geauga County offered the school new life, increased enrollment and the availability of a Catholic education for young women from a three county area. Enrollment was healthy until the mid-1980s. This led the Sisters of Notre Dame to study the option of co-education in Geauga County and to collaborate with those committed to Catholic secondary education.
lion.jpg imageIn early 1916, a new diocesan Catholic high school for boys, Cathedral Latin School, was built in Cleveland. The Brothers of the Society of Mary (Marianists) and diocesan priests staffed the school. Cathedral Latin’s enrollment peaked in 1963, ironically the same year Notre Dame Academy moved to Geauga County. The 1970s brought a steady decline in enrollment, leading to Latin's closing in 1979. Cathedral Latin alumni association remained active with one driving force: to see their school reopen. This dream was realized in February 1987 when the Sisters of Notre Dame invited the Cathedral Latin Alumni Association to join them in forming Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School. In 1988 these two strong traditions united to promote their shared values: faith formation, academic excellence, school as community, commitment to service and devotion to Mary.
mary5.jpg imageIn 2003, the Sisters of Notre Dame made an important strategic decision. In order for Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin to successfully respond to the numerous challenges facing Catholic education and to effectively use its available resources, the Sisters of Notre Dame implemented a sponsorship form of governance. A Board of Directors assumed responsibility for the school’s governance in July, 2003. During the following year the Board developed a strategic plan to guide NDCL through 2009. In this time period the President - Principal model of administrative leadership was implemented and the Board doubled in size.

Notre-Dame Cathedral Latin has taken on a life of its own. Our new strategic plan,Transforming Lives ~ Changing the World, 2010-2015, invites families and alumni to invest in NDCL’s future and to affirm the value of a Catholic secondary education as a lasting gift to their children and grandchildren. Most importantly, our 3600 alumni embody the legacy given to them through the men and women who claim Notre Dame Academy and Cathedral Latin School as their alma mater. During 2013-14, the school community celebrated the 25th Anniversary of NDCL. In May, 2015, the Commencement will celebrate our 35th graduating class from NDCL.
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