Where a Gateway Opens...

Transforming the World for 150 Years

September 22, 1873

Opened school with 69 pupils…As this new institution was considered quite the attractive novelty, there were constantly a great many visitors.

--SSND Daily Chronicles

Join us for these Great Events!

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  • Community Events

    Friday, September 22, 2023, 9:45 a.m. (live stream launches); 10 a.m. (Liturgy begins): Join Sister Patricia McCarron, Head of School, and His Excellency, the Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore as we begin our anniversary celebration together as a community of faith. Join us virtually for the spirited 150th Anniversary Liturgy. The event will be streamed on Facebook so all may participate. To access this event, click here.

    Friday, September 22, 2023, 5:30 p.m.: Party with us on Love Field! Everyone is welcome to join us as we celebrate in style! There will be food trucks, music, and games. Free Kona Ice! Stay for the Varsity Soccer game under the lights! No registration fee (food and drink separate charge). At present, registration for this event is closed. 

    Saturday, September 23, 2023, 8 a.m.: Community Service Day at First Fruits Farm. Due to inclement weather, this outdoor activity has been postponed. Information about a rescheduled date will be forthcoming.

    Sunday, September 24, 2023, 8 a.m.: 26th Annual Blazer Dash Scholarship Run. This beloved tradition supports family and memorial scholarships at NDP. Participate in person here on campus or virtually wherever you are. Run for a favorite teacher, classmate, or family member. Share your photos with us so we can include you on social media.  Register here (fees are based on participation)

    Tuesday, October 24, 2023: School Sisters of Notre Dame Foundation Day

    Saturday, November 4, 2023: Stuff-A-Bus in honor of Jackie Buedel '73

    Saturday, December 2, 2 p.m.: Visit with Santa 

    Friday-Sunday, January 26-28, 2024: Alumnae New York City Trip REGISTRATION CLOSED

    Friday, May 3, 2024, 5-7 p.m.: Gateway Reunion Cocktail Celebration -- Honoring the Classes of '4s and '9s! 

    Saturday, May 4: Anniversary Gala
  • Student Events

    In addition to the Community Events listed above, students will experience the anniversary in large and small ways, from special events and special touches designed to make the year a memorable one for all! Some events in which they will participate:

    Friday, September 22, 2023: Anniversary Assembly and Anniversary Liturgy

    Monday-Friday, September 25-29: Student Spirit Week

    Friday, March 8, 2023: International Day of the Woman Assembly
  • Community Mural Project

    Special to the Anniversary, we are launching a community mural project which will develop during the academic year and be unveiled at the Spring 2024 Arts Night.

    All are invited to participate--no art experience is required! 

    To learn how you can be part of this anniversary artistic endeavor, contact Ms. Christian Leitch '93, at leitchc@notredameprep.com. Space is limited, so check it out today!
In the fall of 1873, the School Sisters of Notre Dame opened a new school for girls on Charles Street in the wilds of North Baltimore called Notre Dame of Maryland.

Today, 150 years later, that school, now Notre Dame Preparatory School (NDP), is considered the leading Catholic school in the Baltimore metro area—an honor confirmed in the 2022-2023 school year when the educational website Niche.com named NDP the #1 Catholic School in Baltimore.

To mark this significant time, Notre Dame will launch a year-long anniversary to celebrate the storied history of the school, show appreciation for everyone who is and has been a part of NDP, and look forward to what the next 150 years hold. 

While much may have changed in the world since NDP’s founding, the essence of the school has only strengthened over time: to educate girls to become women who transform the world.

A Brief History of NDP

Share Your Stories of Thanks, Legacy and Fun!

During Notre Dame Preparatory School’s 150th Anniversary, we want to honor the many stories of special teachers, friendship moments, alumnae legacies, and cherished traditions that are woven into the school's rich history.

Click here to tell your stories! 

The theme for the anniversary is "Where a Gateway Opens."

The “gateway” symbol has been intrinsic to NDP history since the school’s beginning. It is the name of our alma mater and the school newspaper. Most notably, it references the iconic gateway that leads to the school entrance and which students in sixth and ninth grades, traditional NDP entry points, walk through to welcome them officially to NDP and which graduates, after commencement, walk through, symbolizing their entry to the world beyond NDP.

Notre Dame Preparatory School

An Independent, Catholic Girls School, Grades 6-12, Sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame