From Marge Broecker:
"We are having a total school reunion on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at the old school on Gurler Road in DeKalb which is now the
St. Mary’s Grade School. We are still finalizing times, etc. It was 40 years ago that the school closed and
I am from the last class of 1971. Another classmate and myself have been working on this since last Fall. We have found over half of the school and a few staff.".
The History of DeKalb Notre Dame High School for Girls
DeKalb (population 39,018) is located in DeKalb County, about 55 miles west of Chicago
and 40 miles south of Rockford. The city, which is home to Northern Illinois University, can be reached by taking Illinois
Routes 23 and 38, as well as Interstate 88, and located along the East Branch of the Kishwaukee River. The city was founded
in 1837. The "Overland Route" of the Chicago and Northwestern (now Union Pacific) railroad runs through the center of DeKalb.
Like most larger cities, DeKalb not only had a public school system, but a private school system for students
who chose to learn through the teachings of Catholicism. The Notre Dame High School for Girls was one of
such instituctions, and opened her doors in 1965.
Much of the history of the school comes from the book That all May Be One: A History of the Rockford Diocese
by Reverend Robert R. Miller (1976). Our good friend George Fornero provided us with the
except from the book that details the history of Notre Dame:
"Notre Dame, located on Gurler Road, opened in September 1965 and was staffed by the
School Sisters of Notre Dame. The high school was adjacent to their motherhouse on the west side of DeKalb. During the 1966-1967
school year, 125 girls were enrolled under the direction of ten (10) Sisters and three (3) lay teachers. The school was dedicated
by Bishop Loras T. Lane on June 3, 1966. The school closed in 1971.
Initially the school site was taken over by the DeKalb County Special Education Association. Now it
is the site of St. Mary Elementary School."
A picture of the building would be a welcome addition to this page.
DeKalb Notre Dame "Quick Facts"
Year opened: 1965
School colors: Green & White
School song: "Lady of DeKalb