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National Honor Society

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in all aspects of their lives, as embodied by four main areas:

  • To create enthusiasm for scholarship; 
  • To stimulate a desire to render service; 
  • To promote leadership; and
  • To develop character in the students of secondary schools.

At Notre Dame High School, the values of NHS align closely with the qualities we hope all of our students embody as they prepare for college and beyond. Eligible to apply beginning in their sophomore year, all applicants to our school’s chapter of NHS must have a GPA of 3.50 and a minimum number of service hours (30 for Sophomores, 60 for Juniors, 90 for Seniors) for their applications to be considered.


Notre Dame takes the mission statement of NHS seriously. Applicants are evaluated by a committee of Faculty and Administration members and are held to a high standard to demonstrate excellence for each of the four core values of NHS. For that reason, approximately 5% of current NDB students are National Honor Society members.


On campus, the National Honor Society Board does work that seeks to embody the four core values of the National Honor Society. Though serving on the Board is separate from being admitted into NHS, the Board is responsible for facilitating and organizing the NHS application process, as well as the yearly Induction Ceremony of new NHS members.


Additionally, the NHS Board does various service projects throughout the school year, including:

  • We partner with the California Scholarship Federation Board to put on the Winter Formal each year.
  • We organize NDB’s participation in the statewide California Mock Election every two years, most recently the Fall of 2018.
  • We work with the Red Cross to host blood drives on NDB’s campus.