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Notre Dame High School Announces Public Phase of Campaign to Build the Center for Women’s Leadership on its Downtown San Jose Campus


Notre Dame High School announced it is launching the public phase of a campaign to construct the Center for Women’s Leadership on the Notre Dame campus, continuing to build its legacy in downtown San Jose. With lead gifts from honorary co-chairs John M. Sobrato and Cindy Gavin ‘70 and Randy Pond, and under the guidance of alumnae parents, D’Arcy and Jim Kirkland and Nancy Erba, more than $15 million in gifts and pledges have been raised during the quiet phase of the campaign. A leadership gift from the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, the school’s founding order, was also announced. With broad community support from current parents, alumnae, parents of alumnae and friends, Notre Dame is poised to bring this vision to fruition and break ground in 2019.

“The board of directors, and campaign leadership, have done a tremendous amount of work to develop the foundation for a successful campaign. To have raised $15 million before launching the public phase is a testament to the community’s extraordinary generosity and belief in the value of this project,” said Notre Dame Principal Mary Beth Riley. 

Equipped with innovative learning spaces that meet the school’s mission to educate young women for the 21st century and beyond, the Center for Women’s Leadership will serve as an icon of Notre Dame’s 168-year history in San Jose. The building provides spaces that reflect the mission and support the vision to expand opportunities to innovate in an open-lab environment, to chart a path toward career and life work, to consider what it means to be Catholic in the 21st century and to develop women of impact. With flexible learning classrooms including an engineering lab, dance and movement studio and a prayer and reflection space, this new building will transform the Notre Dame campus. 

“Our young women will be educated in a state-of-the-art facility by teachers who challenge, question and nurture each student’s unique leadership qualities. As a technology executive, I am excited by the amazing capabilities of Notre Dame San Jose students and the opportunities in front of them. Today’s Notre Dame girls will be tomorrow’s confident and strong women leaders,” said Nancy Erba, Campaign Co-Chair and parent of a Notre Dame alumna.