Athol Murray College of Notre Dame is a private, independent, co-educational boarding high school, rooted in Catholic tradition and open to students of all faith backgrounds. Athol Murray College of Notre Dame is dedicated to the development of intellectual, social, emotional, spiritual and physical qualities of our students with a passion for lifelong learning. Through a balance of strong academic, athletic and spiritual growth in a safe and caring prairie environment, we prepare our students for life as leaders.
- Private, independent, co-educational boarding high school, on 50 acres of land, founded in 1920
- Home to 300 students, grades 8 - 12, with 90% boarding from up to 20 different countries
- Exceptional academic standards, offering Honours & AP Stream or Advanced Courses
- 80% of all students are on Honour Roll with 100% graduation rate
- Christian teaching in a Catholic environment, all faith backgrounds are welcomed
- Safe and caring prairie environment, develop life long friendships with students around the world
- Leadership & character development, exceptional boarding life
- Outstanding athletic & hockey programs with 12 hockey teams and 15 high school sports to choose from
- 21st Century academic learning program
- Outstanding fine arts programs with elite music, art, drama, multi-media and choral teachings
Our Take: Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
The school began its life in 1920 as a convent school, though came into its own—and gained the present name—after Father Athol Murray arrived in 1927. Murray is one those great Canadians that we all should know more about. Charity was a guiding principle, and he believed that quality education was to be offered to all, if they wanted it, whether they could pay for it or not. Indeed, many students he admitted couldn’t, and he took them anyway. It was on that basis that he was invested into the Order of Canada.
Still, Murray is more remembered today due to his influence in regional and professional hockey. He once said, “I love God, Canada and hockey—not always in that order.” He built the Notre Dame Hounds into a force, and in time the program attracted students for that reason, many of who went on to professional careers. Olympic medalist Delaney Collins is an alum, as is Wendell Clark and of course many others. That said, there is far more to the school than hockey. The program is based in the Catholic tradition, and attention to values is a particular attraction, both for students who share that tradition as well as those who don’t. Character is important, too, and while we tend to look first at the hockey program, the list of notable alumni would be impressive even without the NHL players. The ideal student is one looking for a strong foundation for their careers at university and beyond.