A TRUE FRIEND OF NOTRE DAME

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April 17, 2021

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Jim Mandl ND’90, who managed the Friends of Notre Dame (FOND) organization for many years, turns over entire stock of NDHS artifacts to Notre Dame Prep.

From left, Notre Dame Prep Athletic Assistant Duane Holmes, Jim Mandl ND’90 and Notre Dame Head of School Andrew J. Guest ND’84 show off a few of the many items that were turned over to Notre Dame Prep by Mandl.


Late last fall, representatives from Notre Dame Prep were delighted to accept the invitation of alum Jim Mandl ND’90 to meet up at his home in Sterling Heights and pick up the Harper Woods Notre Dame memorabilia and artifacts he had graciously decided to entrust to the school.

Head of School Andrew J. Guest ND’84, Athletic Assistant Duane Holmes and Marketing Director Mike Kelly ND’73 gathered up numerous boxes and bins of yearbooks, newsletters, videos, sports memorabilia and other Fighting Irish items that Mandl had been storing at his house since Notre Dame High School closed in 2005.

Guest said he was excited that Notre Dame Prep was able to provide a new home for the NDHS material.

”I want to thank Jim, first of all, for keeping the NDHS legacy and materials safe and sound for so many years,” he said. ”We also are indebted to him for his tireless advocacy of our beloved school in Harper Woods. We’re looking forward to sharing this history to any and all alums who are interested.”

For Mandl, while it was a bit tough to see it all leave his home, he nonetheless felt it was time.

”It wasn’t easy parting ways with all of the Notre Dame history that I’ve stored for more than 15 years,” he said. ”During my tenure running the Friends of Notre Dame Alumni Association, it had been very rewarding for my dad (Jim Mandl ND’66) and me to share items with fellow alumni over these years.”

He said there was a lot of history in the collection and he wanted to make sure it found a good home.

”It was certainly bittersweet, but Notre Dame Prep has a good plan to honor and share the memories we all have of Notre Dame High School.”

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About Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. Notre Dame Preparatory School enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower schools enroll students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight. All three schools are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the National Association of Independent Schools. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school’s home page at www.ndpma.org.