Notre Dame Catholic School

Principal's Message

“PRINCIPALLY SPEAKING”

 

Welcome Notre Dame Families and Friends,

 

Notre Dame Catholic School is located near historical downtown Kerrville which was established in 1889 by German pioneers and cowboys heading north with major cattle drives.  Kerrville is known as “The Heart of the Hill Country” which has a small town feel but with big city amenities.  Our school campus is blessed to be a part of such a vibrant community rich in culture and heritage!  What makes our school so special is the community outreach and support for Catholic School education!  We are the “Best Kept Secret in the Hill Country!”

 

Since 1912, Notre Dame Catholic School has been enriching the lives of students, their families and our community through five principals:  Faith, Education, Leadership, Service, and Discipline.  Father Henry Kemper was the person most responsible for the establishment of both Notre Dame Parish and School.  In his efforts to strengthen the diverse and dispersed Catholic community, the construction of the Catholic school opened with three nuns-Sisters from the Incarnate Word of San Antonio serving as the school’s first faculty.  The school was originally established with twelve grades of a student body of twenty seven pupils and by the end of the year, the student body grew to over eighty-seven students, in which about one-third were non-Catholics.  In the 1930’s, the worst years of the Great Depression, Notre Dame School remained open as the school completed its twenty-fourth year of operation.  In 1963, the original Notre Dame institution was replaced with a sparkling new building with five classrooms, a school office, and an assembly hall that welcomed new students.  Additional classrooms were added in 1966 and 1967 as well as a new rectory.  In 1990, a new Notre Dame Church was built.  In 1993, Father Michael Boulette (Now Bishop Boulette) became the new pastor for Notre Dame Catholic Church and brought a renewed spirit of serving Christ working together. 

 

Today, the legacy continues with Father David Wagner and Father Rafael Duda, our leaders of Notre Dame.  They continue to engage and grow our dynamic spiritual community built upon a rich history of faith.  Over the past century, Notre Dame has graduated thousands of students with most continuing on to Our Lady of The Hills Regional Catholic High School.  Many of our alumni from the past, now have their grandchildren attending Notre Dame.  Our school continues to celebrate a strong foundation of Catholic faith along with the knowledge to prepare students as life-long learners.

 

What makes our school so special?  Come and find out…we welcome all prospective families to our school.  Our school community made up of parents, students, parishioners, and a dedicated school staff of highly qualified teachers are committed to providing an atmosphere of learning which educates the whole child.  We believe in offering a one-on-one experience to make sure every child is successful and develops a love of learning in a safe, structured environment.

 

Blessings,

Sandi Killo, Principal