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Notre Dame San Jose High School Breaks Ground on Center for Women’s Leadership


By Liz Sullivan

To some it is a moment in history that is easily overlooked, but not to those associated with Notre Dame San Jose High School.

On August 26, 2020, the all-girls high school will dedicate the Center for Women’s Leadership. That date is significant because it marks the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution.

The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote.

On June 11, the high school held a ceremonial groundbreaking on the site of the new center in downtown San Jose.

“Today is an important day for Notre Dame San Jose High School,” said Principal Mary Beth Riley. “I am so thankful for this community to help make this happen.”

The Center for Women’s Leadership will serve as an icon of Notre Dame’s 168-year history in San Jose. It will provide spaces that reflect Notre Dame’s mission and support the vision to expand opportunities for young women to innovate in an open-lab environment, to chart a path toward career and life work and to consider what it means to be a Catholic in the 21st Century.

“I have seen first-hand how Notre Dame inspires women,” said Randy Pond, campaign co-chair, whose wife is an alumna of Notre Dame. “The time has come for women to be educated with these strong leadership skills they deserve.”

Santa Clara County Supervisors, Cindy Chavez and Dave Cortese, presented Notre Dame officials with a Commendation from the Board for their efforts in making this happen.

“I have extreme reverence and respect for the past and what Notre Dame has brought to our community,” said Chavez. “You (Notre Dame) are announcing to the word that this is your path and this is your intention and I am very excited for you.”