Notre Dame's Speech & Debate program fosters intellectual growth, communication and leadership skills with competitive scholastic competition.  In 2017-18, 59 students participated in over 30 local, regional, state and national competitions, with Notre Dame students receiving accolades across all levels of competition. Highlights included three students qualifying for the California High School Speech Association State Tournament (two finished as semifinalists) and one student competing at the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions and placing as an octofinalist. 

Notre Dame competes in the Coast Forensics League, the California High School Speech Association, the National Catholic Forensics League, and the National Speech and Debate Association. We have sent qualifying students to the Catholic Nationals, NSDA Nationals, and the Tournament of Champions for Speech Individual Events and Parliamentary Debate.

2021-2022 Information


Days: Mondays and Wednesdays; Fridays as needed
Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm
Room: 2nd Floor Donnelly 

Contact Information

For more information about ND Speech and Debate, please contact the Director of Speech and Debate, Mariel Cruz at    

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For questions about the Speech & Debate program at Notre Dame High School, please contact:

Mariel Cruz

Director of Speech & Debate