Documents and photos detailing the lives, work, and communities of the Sisters in Chicago, Illinois.
A view of the front entrance to Notre Dame High School. By 1946, the student body was so large that the seniors had to come in earlier and leave earlier to make room for other grades.
A view of the cornerstone at Notre Dame High School with students nearby. The inscription on the cornerstone reads "And this is the victory which overcometh the world, our faith." (1 John 5:4).
A view of the front entrance to the Notre Dame High School in Chicago, IL with students exiting the building. Even with 30 chairs brought over from St Peter Canisius School, there were not enough chairs to furnish all the rooms when the school was…
A view of a side entrance to Notre Dame High School in Chicago, IL.
A close-up of the front doors at Notre Dame High School in Chicago, Illinois.
A view of the front yard at Notre Dame High School in Chicago before the 1956 construction of the first addition to the campus.
One side of the cornerstone at Notre Dame High School in Chicago, IL. The cornerstone was originally intended to be at the corner of Wellington and Mango over the foundation of the auditorium. Due to construction interruptions, the corner of the…
A view of both exterior facing sides of the cornerstone at Notre Dame High School in Chicago, IL.
A view of the inscription on one side of the cornerstone at Notre Dame High School in Chicago during the cornerstone ceremony. The inscription was suggested by Monsignor Markham, the brother of one of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.
The ceremonial ground breaking at the site for the new Notre Dame High School in Chicago, IL on Mango Avenue. The first class of students were taught at St Peter Canisius School in 1937, who later moved to the new Notre Dame High School building when…
Sister Marie Teresa ceremoniously digging the first hole at the site of the future Notre Dame High School campus.
A view of Notre Dame High School's auditorium and gymnasium. The space was used for plays, recitals, dances, and sports.
A view of the first Christmas play, "The Light from Heaven," performed at Notre Dame High School in Chicago, IL.
A view of the back side of the dual auditorium and gymnasium at Notre Dame High School in Chicago, IL. Some of the early sports activities offered by the school were basketball, volleyball, ping pong, and bowling.
Students at prayer in the school chapel.
The convent addition to the high school built from 1962-1963. The Sisters who staffed the school originally used some of its rooms as their convent, but as the student body grew, and subsequently the number of Sisters required to teach them, more…
The front entrance of Notre Dame High School after the 1963 construction of a new wing to the school and an addition to be used as the Sisters convent.
Sister Ellen St John, Provincial, makes the ceremonial first dig at the site for the north wing addition to the high school.
The grounds and property soon to be converted into the new North Wing at the high school and the Sisters' convent.
The interior of the renovated chapel at the Notre Dame High School in Chicago.