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Notre Dame Academy (1990-present)

Established in 1990, Notre Dame Academy is founded on a rich history of Catholic Education in the Greater Green Bay Area, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and the Norbertine Order.

Upon the consolidation of St. Joseph Academy (an all-girls school founded in 1896), Abbot Pennings High School (an all-boys school founded in 1898 as St. Norbert High School), and Our Lady of Premontre High School (an all-boys school founded in 1941 as Central Catholic High School), Notre Dame Academy was formed with a mission to build upon the strong foundations established by the predecessor schools.


The Notre Dame Academy crest represents the rich heritage of the school. Crest elements:

  • Cross of Jesus Christ: Prominently featured in the center
  • Rays of Light: Blazing forth from the cross and representing Christ’s Resurrection
  • Crescent Moon: Represents Mary, to whom the school is dedicated
  • Flowering Lily: Traditional symbol of St. Joseph
  • Fleur-de-Lis: Suggests the French founding of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and the Order of Premontre
  • Waves: Represent the waters of Green Bay and draw the alumni communities together

NDA Crest

To this day, Notre Dame Academy continues to be a faith-filled, college preparatory high school. Showcasing a 100% graduation rate with 97% of students enrolling in post-secondary education, Notre Dame Academy focuses on educating the whole person.

Once a Triton, always a Triton

St. Joseph Academy

St. Joseph Academy (1898-1989)

St. Joseph Academy was owned and operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. In August 1893, six Sisters came to the Greater Green Bay Area to teach at St. John School. In 1896, they began teaching advanced classes for young ladies, purchased the Monastery of the Good Shepherd Sisters, and formed St. Joseph Academy in 1898. There were 15 students enrolled in the school that year.

St. Joseph Academy

The Sisters purchased the Kellogg buildings and property and opened the new school in 1911. Another major addition was completed in 1950. St. Joseph Academy can best be summarized with the words of Sister Helen Zambrowicz, CSJ, principal from 1978 to 1984. She said, "We have three main foci. One, we stress the message of God. The importance of the community is the second focus. Third is the orientation to serve God and others."

Once a SAJOC, always a SAJOC.

Abbot Pennings High School

Abbot Pennings High School (1959-1989)

Abbot Pennings High School opened in 1959 as a continuation of St. Norbert High School. The Norbertines purchased the Nicolet School in De Pere as a new site for its 180 male students. It added on in 1967. The school’s motto of “Let Us Love One Another” was formed by the hallmark history of St. Norbert High School.

Abbot Pennings High School

Once a Squire, always a Squire.

Our Lady of Premontre High School

Our Lady of Premontre High School (1955-1989)

Our Lady of Premontre High School opened in 1955 as a continuation of Central Catholic High School. A strong religion curriculum, campus ministry, retreat and service programs, and ROTC were stressed at the school. In 1988, Premontre became the first co-ed Catholic High School in the area.

Premontre High School

Once a Cadet, always a Cadet.

St. Norbert High School

St. Norbert High School (1898-1959)

St. Norbert High School was founded in 1898 as the first educational program established by the Norbertine Order in the United States. From the humble beginnings of tutoring students in the rectory kitchen of St. Joseph Parish in De Pere, the Norbertines developed a formal classical high school for day and boarding students. St. Norbert High School and St. Norbert College coexisted on the same campus until 1959.

Once a Squire, always a Squire.

Central Catholic

Central Catholic (1941-1955)

Central Catholic was founded in 1941 upon the request of Bishop Paul Rhode. The school was housed in the WBAY and Columbus Club buildings downtown Green Bay for 14 years. Due to size limitations, the school’s principal, Abbot Killeen, decided to build a new school on the west side of Green Bay, the current location of Notre Dame Academy, called Our Lady of Premontre.

Once a Cadet, always a Cadet.
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