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State of the School

    • State of the School 2020

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  • Welcome From The President

    Welcome to our website. During your visit to these pages, my hope is that you will learn about our programs, our spirit, our community, and our deep commitment to a vision and mission that prepares our students for their next steps and that truly sets us apart from other schools.

    Notre Dame High School is a place where emphasis is placed on the whole student; the academic, the spiritual, the physical, the social and the emotional. We engage students in their learning and in their faith development. We build a solid foundation of values and habits of discipline as we teach our students to think, to serve and to lead. Here we help them to know themselves and to know their relationship to a loving God.  Visit our Academic pages, learn about our curriculum and faculty. They average 20 years of teaching experience. More than half hold advanced degrees. 

    Notre Dame High School’s suburban, 100-acre campus is situated in Lawrenceville, NJ, five miles from Princeton and three miles from the state capital in Trenton. The location of the school allows easy access to both New York City and Philadelphia. The bucolic landscaped campus is home to a lighted sports stadium containing a beautiful grotto.  In addition, the campus boasts six tennis courts, two baseball diamonds, two softball fields, a lacrosse field, a field hockey field, and two practice fields for soccer and football.  A fully-appointed weight/workout room rounds out the amenities for the student athletes. 

    Over the past seven years, the Cafeteria, Chapel, science labs, front entrance, stadium, Gymasium and lobby have all experienced extensive renovations. The 1,200-seat auditorium, one of the largest in the area, completed rennovations in the Winter of 2019.

    The mission of NDHS is reflected in the challenging college preparatory curriculum and overall educational experience. The school maintains a strong and balanced offering of required and elective academic and enrichment courses designed for college preparation encompassing six languages, a STEM approach to integrated Science, and a plethora pf courses in the fine and performing arts. Sixteen Advanced Placement and over 20 Honors courses are available to qualified students. Recent additions to the curriculum include Cross-Platform Mobile Application Development, Accelerated Discrete Mathematics, Kinesiology, Applied Physics in Robotics, Academic Writing, Public Speaking, Mass Communications, Film Production, Conceptual Art & Character Design, and Ceramics.

    Come to know our uncommon success. Each year, 98% of our graduates go on to higher learning in some of our nation’s most prestigious colleges, carrying millions of dollars in earned scholarships with them. Each year, our students perform nearly 38,000 hours of Christian Service to those in need. Each year, 600 athletes compete successfully for championships in one of the most lauded athletic programs in the region. And each year, our performing artists sing, dance and act their way into the hearts of an audience of thousands as they have done since 1957.

    Finally, I invite you to come to know our faith which stands at the heart of the Notre Dame High School experience. That faith is manifested in a community that lives shared values of respect for all life and tolerance for others.

    This is Notre Dame High School. Come to visit.


    Ken Jennings

Notre Dame Committees

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  • Advancement/Marketing Committee

    Maggie Kelly, Holder
    Kristen Saker, Chair
    Jasmin Leary Barry
    Jessie Besler
    Kevin Coleman '96
    Colleen Herbert
    Ken Jennings
    Matt Letinski '06
    Joseph Maruca '01
    Donna Murray
    John O'Connell
    Joseph Pratico '06
    Kellyanne Gorman '87 Stewart

    Marketing Committee
    Cynthia Persichilli, Chair
    Laura Sarubbi, Holder
    Matt Govan '91
    Sr. Karina Haywood
    Ken Jennings
    Maggie Kelly
    Tom McManimon '77
    Bonnie Rose Clawson '96 Milecki
    Karen O'Keefe '87 Rauscher
    Judy Rynkewicz
    Kellyanne Gorman '87 Stewart
  • Diversity Committee

    Kerri Tillett, Co-Chair
    Dr. Charisse West '85 Smith, Co-Chair
    Allison Ratzman, Holder
    Ken Jennings, Holder
    Joe Abbondandolo
    Joanna Barlow
    Mary Ellsworth
    Herve Francois
    Dr. Ellieen Ancrum Ingbritsen
    Amber Lee
    Lisa Lenihan
    Tony Mack
    Eileen Marx
    John McQuarrie
    Rosa Rosado
    Rose Stevenson
    Laura Sarubbi
    Joe Shiarappa
  • Facilities Committee

    Tony Genovesi, Chair
    Ken Jennings, Holder
    Joanna Barlow
    Donald Bauch
    Craig Coffey '86
    Bob Hough
    Mark Janiec
    Brian Malloy '92
    Gerry McGuire
    Jeffrey Pawar
    Wayne Pietrini
    Michael Reger '86
    Michael Tritt '87
    John Varghese
  • Finance Committee

    John Tattory '83, Chair
    Donna Grabowski, Holder
    Joanna Barlow
    Margaret Boland
    Scott Burney
    Ken Jennings
    Mark Laccetti
    Jim Lynch '85
    Eileen Moran
    Dan O'Donnell '80
    Jim Okamura
  • Human Resources

    Arthur Thibault, Chair
    Ken Jennings, Holder

    Joe Abbondandolo
    Darin Artman
    Caroline Berdzik
    Sharon Clarke
    Donna Grabowski
    Karen Johnson
    Michele Kenney
    Bernadette McDermott
    Janice Porter
    Allison Ratzman
    Joseph Shiarappa '87
    Kerri Tillett
  • Strategic Planning Committee

    Maeve Cannon `81, Chair
    Ken Jennings, Holder
    Joanna Barlow
    Robyn Brandow
    Craig Coffey '86
    Brian Duff '89
    Denise Santoro
    Marty Tantum '75
    Ali Wilson
  • Technology Committee

    Janine Scimeca '84 Corgan, Holder
    Joanna Barlow
    Donald Bauch
    James Black
    Bill Hnatiuk
    Ken Jennings
    George Reither
    Beth Repsik
    Kurt Steege
    Marty Tatum

Board of Governors

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  • Dick Smith, Chair

    Richard (Dick) C. Smith is the former Partner-in-Charge of the Center of Excellence for Business Process Transformation (Six Sigma/ Lean) at PwC Consulting. He also supported the establishment of PwC’s Process Excellence practices in Europe and Asia. Over the past several years, Mr. Smith has continued to provide consulting services to several companies focused on executive coaching and facilitation. His areas of expertise include: Leadership Coaching, Strategy Development, Process Improvement, Business Improvement and Change Management. Mr. Smith is also an Instructor for Executive and Professional Education at Rutgers University.

    Mr. Smith is a member of St. James Parish in Pennington, NJ an is a current member on Pastoral Council. He has served two Terms on the St. Paul School Board, served on the Diocesan School Commission and provided School Strategic Planning Training for Trenton Diocese. In addition, Mr. Smith is a former Instructor for Catholic Leadership Institute, leadership training and coaching for Catholic priests.
  • Ken Jennings, President

    A New Jersey native, Ken Jennings was appointed President of Notre Dame High School on July 1, 2019. He was formerly Principal of St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alamdea, Calif.

    Prior to his three-year tenure at St. Joseph Notre Dame, he served as principal of DePaul Catholic High School, Wayne, for two years and for 10 years as principal of Benedictine Academy, Elizabeth. Under his leadership as principal of St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, Jennings improved the school’s admission profile by expanding efforts into new markets resulting in a three-year increase in total enrollment and a waiting list for the first time in many years. He oversaw the creation of a new international student program and a new enrollment management plan with a focus on retention.

    Jennings worked with the school’s Advancement Office to create a new strategic plan for advancement. He developed new marketing and communications strategies, which included a new school mobile app as well as increased friend and fundraising events. He inspired efforts to expand the school’s academic offerings, including a new engineering pathways program, increased AP electives and more diverse college preparatory classes.
    Jennings holds a bachelor of arts degree in English literature from Fordham University, New York; a master of divinity degree from Seton Hall University, South Orange, and a master of arts in educational administration from Caldwell College, Caldwell.

    Jennings and his wife Kristin, along with their two daughters, are very happy to be back home in the state of New Jersey closer to their family.

    Jennings said it is a great honor to serve as President of Notre Dame High School and its long and proud history of outstanding Catholic college preparatory education here in the Diocese of Trenton.
  • Joanna Barlow, Principal

    Joanna Barlow is the Principal at Notre Dame High School. Prior to her position as Principal, Mrs. Barlow was the Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction at ND for seven years. Over the past seven years, she has been able to bring teachers and department heads together to refine curriculum and assessments and implement new courses. She created an online curriculum portal where all curricula are digitally accessible for the teachers. Mrs. Barlow holds a M.A. in Educational leadership from Seton Hall University. She began her career as a high school English teacher. After 10 years in the classroom, she became an English Department Chairperson. She served as the Chairperson of the AdvancED Leadership Team for Notre Dame High School. Mrs. Barlow holds certifications as an elementary school teacher, high school English teacher, a supervisor, and a principal. She and her husband have two children - her daughter is an ND graduate and her son is a freshman.
  • Margaret F. Boland

  • Maeve Cannon '81

    Maeve E. Cannon is a shareholder with Stevens & Lee, and located at their Lawrenceville, N.J. office. She concentrates her practice in government contracting, regulatory compliance, corporate litigation and administrative law including appellate practice. She has served as the Township Attorney for Ewing Township, NJ since 2010.   A proud 1981 graduate of Notre Dame, Ms. Cannon was inducted into the ND Hall of Fame in 2003.  She is a 1985 graduate of Colorado College and received her Juris Doctorate degree from Fordham University School of Law in 1988.  Ms. Cannon has served on the Board of Directors of Womanspace Inc., which provides counseling and shelter to victims of domestic violence in Mercer County, since 1995.  In March of 2015, the Friendly Sons and Daughters of Saint Patrick honored her as their Irish-American Daughter of the Year.  She is the chair of the Notre Dame Strategic Planning Committee.  She resides in Ewing NJ with her husband, Christopher Biache, and their two daughters, Madeleine and Odette, both attended Notre Dame (classes of 2016 and 2019). 
  • Suzanne Eberhard

  • Tony Genovesi

    Tony Genovesi, ND teacher and coach from 1977 – 1986, taught Business Education and was Head Girls’ Track Coach. He was named Mercer County Girls’ Track Coach of the Year in 1982. Presently, he is President and Owner of Benny Genovesi and Son, Inc. He also chaired the Joe Wroblewski Memorial Fund. This fund, established in memory of the coach who followed Genovesi, provided Notre Dame with a new state-of-the-art outdoor track.
  • Donna Grabowski

    Donna Grabowski is Vice President of Finance and Operations at Notre Dame High School. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Seton Hall University and an MBA from Rider University. Certified as a Human Resource professional, she earned her SPHR certification in June 2006. Ms. Grabowski began working at Notre Dame High School in 2000. She has a daughter and a son who both graduated from Notre Dame High School.
  • Sister Karina Haywood, RSM

    Sister Karina Haywood has been a Sister of Mercy for 63 years. She worked in Catholic education in the Trenton Diocese for 30 years (3 years in Camden). She was principal at St. Joseph (East Trenton) in the late70s, and in the late 80s was principal at St. Paul’s Princeton. For ten years she worked as an educator in the NJ Department of Corrections. In 2000, Sister welcomed the opportunity to serve as Chaplaincy Supervisor and Coordinator of Volunteers Services in the NJ prison system.

    Since her retirement in December of 2012, Sister has volunteered in various projects. For more than two years she designed the program and trained Catholic volunteers for prison ministry in the Diocese of Trenton. "It's an honor to be a "Supportive Presence" on the ND Board of Governors and Marketing committee "
  • Maggie Kelly

    Margaret L. “Maggie” Kelly is Senior Vice President, Director of Institutional Advancement for Notre Dame High School. She oversees the offices of Enrollment, Philanthropy, Alumni Relations, Marketing and Communications, Events and Advancement Services.
    Before joining Notre Dame, she worked for Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, where she served as Director of Development. Prior to this she was Major Gifts Officer for The Pennington School.
    With a background in finance, Kelly is a 20-year veteran of Wall Street. She was a Senior Vice-president at Prudential Securities and Chief of Staff to the President.  She also held senior management positions at Shearson Lehman and EF Hutton.
    Her BA degree is from George Mason University. 
  • Julie Kopchik

    Julie Kopchik is a Mathematics teacher and is the current Mathematics Department Chair at Notre Dame High School. She received her BA in Mathematics and Education from SUNY Potsdam, her MS in Mathematics Education from SUNY Cortland, and her Supervisor’s Certification from Rider University. Julie has taught in three different States with six different school systems and at eight different schools. She first came to Notre Dame High School in 1998 for a four year span and returned to Notre Dame High School in 2005.
  • Daniel J. O’Donnell `80

    Daniel J. O’Donnell is the Executive Vice President/General Counsel & Chief Risk Officer of The Bank of Princeton. A graduate of Notre Dame High School, he was inducted into the ND Hall of Fame in March of 2000. He is also a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received his Juris Doctorate Degree from St. John’s University School of Law. The Friendly Sons and Daughters of St. Patrick of Mercer County honored him as their 2008 Irish-American Son of the Year. Dan is married to Megan (Murphy) O’Donnell (Class of ‘88) and they have four children, Jack, Sean, Flannery and Grace. Three of his four children have graduated from NDHS and his youngest is currently a junior.
  • Cindy Persichilli

    Cindy Persichilli is an active member of St. James Parish, Pennington. She is a member of the parish council, the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, CYO, and the Mayor's Wellness Campaign. She has over 20 years experience in business development, strategic marketing and sales in the clinical diagnostics industry. She is the chair of the Notre Dame marketing committee. She resides in Pennington with her husband Dino, a Notre Dame alum and two children, son Daniel, and daughter Carly who are both ND gaduates.
  • Tom Saker

  • John Tattory '83

    John Tattory currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Windtree Therapeutics, a publicly traded biotechnology company. John has more than 25 years of financial management and leadership experience including directing U.S. and international financial operations, strategic transactions, and raising capital through equity and debt financings. Prior to joining Windtree, John held a variety of financial management positions at Tyco International Ltd., Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Ernst & Young LLP. A 1983 graduate of Notre Dame High School, he was inducted into Notre Dame’s Hall of Fame in 2013. John is a graduate of Rider University. He and his wife, Chris, have three chidren who are all graduates of Notre Dame.
  • Arthur R. Thibault Jr.

    Arthur R. Thibault Jr., a member of the Board of Governors, is a partner in the law firm of Apruzzese, McDermott, Mastro & Murphy, P.C. in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, a boutique labor and employment firm representing management. He is admitted to practice in the State and Federal courts of New Jersey; the Third Circuit Federal Court of Appeals; and the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Thibault resides in Princeton Junction with his wife, Maura, and their three children, Emily, Matthew and Maggie. Emily is member of the Class of 2017 at Notre Dame High School.

Notre Dame High School

Located on 100 beautiful acres in Central New Jersey, Notre Dame High School, founded in 1957, is a college preparatory school for grades 9 - 12, preparing young men and women for lives of purpose, built upon a foundation of Catholic faith, with a commitment to academics, co-curricular activities and service to others.