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Cardinal Newman High School (West Palm Beach, Florida)

Cardinal Newman High School
512 Spencer Drive
West Palm Beach, Florida, (Palm Beach County), 33409
United States
School type Private, Coeducational Private
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1961
President Rev. David W. Carr
Principal Christine Higgins, Ph.D.
Asst. Principal Theresa A. Fretterd,
Susan Stephenson
Faculty 40
Grades 912
Enrolment 540
Average class size 28
Color(s) Blue and Gold         
Mascot Crusader
Team name Crusaders
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Average SAT scores 1589
Average ACT scores 24
Publication Illuminated Manuscript (Literary Magazine)
Newspaper Crusader Chronicles
Tuition $11,050.00
Dean of Students Jay Lower
Athletic Director Jason Carlstrom
Head Football Coach Steve Walsh

Cardinal Newman High School, also commonly referred to as Cardinal Newman or simply Newman, is a private Catholic coeducational secondary school located in West Palm Beach Florida, USA. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach. Founded in September 1961, and named for the Cardinal John Henry Newman, it is one of two private Catholic high schools in Palm Beach County, Florida. In 2005, Cardinal Newman was the first Catholic high school in Florida, and one of only a dozen in America, to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.


  • History 1
  • Academics 2
  • Notable alumni 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Cardinal Newman High School traces its roots to St. Ann's Catholic School of St. Ann's Parish, located in downtown West Palm Beach. St. Ann's School opened its doors in 1925 to serve parishes in central Palm Beach County. This school would serve the educational needs of Catholic high school students until the early 1960s. This changed when Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll announced construction of a new high school in West Palm Beach.

In September 1961, a small number of Adrian Dominicans moved from St. Ann's School to the new single building Cardinal Newman High School. "A second classroom building was added within five years, and Archbishop Carroll dedicated a new cafeteria and gymnasium in 1973."[1]

Later years saw a number of additions and modernizations, including the John P. Raich Athletic Building in 1985, Crusader Stadium in 1993, and the addition and updating of the lacrosse and softball fields in 2003. In 2006, a track and field facility was added, and the gymnasium was renovated.[1] In 2010, the cafeteria underwent an extensive renovation, and the gym was further updated in the 2012-2013 school year. The school added a dance studio in 2012.


Cardinal Newman bases its academic program on local school policy, standards of the Florida Board of Education, and accreditation criteria issued by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.[2] Students are required to take 14 semester credits each year during their four years in the following disciplines: Religion, English, Social Studies, a foreign language, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, life management, and the arts. Students can also partake in the IB Diploma Programme or Advanced Placement courses offered at Newman. There is a community service component requiring students to complete a minimum of 25 hours per year serving their community during their time in high school.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b "A Brief History of Cardinal Newman High School". Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  2. ^ Advance Education, Inc. "Institution Summary". Retrieved 2010-07-14. 

External links

  • Cardinal Newman High School Official Website
  • St. Ann Catholic Church
  • St. Ann Catholic School
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