The 1970’s brought several “firsts” to the Notre Dame community: dreaded midterm exams (1972), the Alumni Children’s Christmas Party (1972), the senior class trip to Florida (1975), rotating class schedules (1976), a varsity girls’ soccer program (1978), and the Koinonia Club (1978). Co-ed gym classes and a bachelor’s cooking course made their debut in the mid-‘70’s, and the Notre Dame Alumni Association, under the leadership of Jack Chebra ’63, was formed. On the sports front, Diane Olech ’77 scored her 1,000th point in 1976, as the girls’ basketball squad won its third consecutive county championship, and in 1979, Jim Mauer ’79 set a Notre Dame wrestling record with 12 pins in one season.
Reverend Joseph Thul (1971-1974) took administrative leadership, and Notre Dame’s legendary chaplain Father Walter Nolan began a decade of service to the school in 1971. Discipline was maintained by a former Philadelphia Phillies player, Al Verdel. Sister Mary Harold was appointed Vice Principal in 1979.
There were more milestones to celebrate as the Notre Dame community entered its third decade, under the leadership of Reverend Joseph Hughes (1974-1988). In 1980, the first carnival was held, the Writing Irish literary magazine published its first issue and the Notre Dame-McCorristin football game was played under the lights on Lawrence Road. In 1982, The Coronet was revived as The Hibernian. In the mid-80’s, a formal alumni and development program was established under the leadership of Robert Bugdal ’65. In 1987, several grads and friends teed off for the 1st Alumni Golf Tournament. Mr. Michael Carr was appointed Principal of Notre Dame in 1988, and was succeeded by Mr. Barry Edward Breen in 1992.