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Isidore Newman School

Isidore Newman School
1903 Jefferson Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70115
United States
Denomination Non-denominational
Established 1903
Founder Isidore Newman
Head of school Dale Smith
Faculty 152 (2008)
Grades PK12
Number of students 919 (2008)
Average class size 15
Student to teacher ratio 7:1
Campus size 11 acres (4.5 ha)
School colour(s) Kelly Green, White
Athletics conference Louisiana High School Athletic Association
Nickname Greenies
Accreditation Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, National Association of Independent Schools
Alumni ~6000
Original school name, Isidore Newman Manual Training School, was changed to its current name in 1931

Isidore Newman School is a private, nondenominational, co-educational college preparatory school located on an 11-acre (45,000 m2) campus in the Uptown section of New Orleans, Louisiana.


  • History 1
  • Academics 2
  • Athletics 3
  • Enrollment 4
  • Tuition 5
  • Principals and Heads of School 6
  • Notable alumni 7
  • References 8
  • Further reading 9
  • External links 10


Isidore Newman School was founded in 1903 by Isidore Newman, a New Orleans philanthropist and founder of the Maison Blanche department store chain. It opened its doors the following year as the Isidore Newman Manual Training School (the name was changed in 1931). The school buildings suffered damage due to the flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina and was closed for two months.[1]


Newman offers comprehensive education for students in grades Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, organized into Lower, Middle and Upper schools.

The school is a member of the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest and the National Association of Independent Schools.

The school also offers four foreign languages, including Honors and/or AP classes in each language: French I-V, Spanish I-V, Latin I-V, and Chinese I-IV

The Second Honor Roll GPA must be a 3.33, and First Honor Roll must be a 3.67


Newman's athletic teams compete in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. The school fields teams for a number of sports, including baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, gymnastics, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and volleyball.

Newman holds 85 State Championships as of December 2013.

The largest building on campus is the Cotonio Palaestra.

Billy Fitzgerald, veteran science teacher and baseball and basketball coach at Newman and the school's athletic director, was the subject of a profile by alumnus Michael Lewis entitled Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life (2005; ISBN 0-393-06091-8).

In May 2010, ranked Newman at the top of a survey of which high schools produce the best NFL players—even though the school had at the time only produced three NFL players—because of the success of the Manning brothers.[2]


Newman currently has a student body of 919 and a faculty of 152, with an average class size of 15 students per class.


The average cost of tuition per student per year is $17,947 for grades Pre-K through 5th and $21,798 for grades 6th through 12th.

Principals and Heads of School

  • James Addicott, Principal, 1904-1908.
  • Clarence C. Henson, Principal, 1908-1947.
  • Eddie Kalin, Principal, 1948-1964.
  • William Cunningham, Headmaster, 1964-1976.
  • Theodore Cotonio, Headmaster, 1976-1986.
  • Michael Lacopo, Headmaster, 1987-1993.
  • Scott McLeod, Headmaster, 1993-2005.
  • Woody Price, Head of School, 2005-2007.
  • T.J. Locke, Head of School, 2007–2013.
  • Dale Smith, Head of School, 2013–Present

Notable alumni

In chronological order:


  2. ^ Matt Winkeljohn, "Manning brothers lift Isidore Newman",, May 11, 2010.
  3. ^ "Walter Inglis Anderson". Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "John Minor Wisdom". Notable Names Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Claude "Little Monk" Simons". Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  6. ^ "Newman Annual Report 2007-2008". Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Senator Conrad Appel - District 9". Louisiana State Senate. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ "The man who won Steve Jobs' trust". CNN Money. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Walda Barnett Besthoff '54 and Sydney J. Besthoff III '45, Mark J. Plotkin '73". Isidore Newman School. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Bruce Spizer". Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Newman News". Newman School. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  12. ^ "The man who won Steve Jobs' trust". CNN Money. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Sean Tuohy Net Worth". Get Net Worth. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Writer and Newman Alumnus Stephen Godchaux Delivers the Bernard Hirsch Herman Memorial Lecture". Newman School. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Newman Distinguished Alumna 2013: Leslie Rosenthal Jacobs ’77". Newman School. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Bryan Batt '81 Named Recipient of 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award". Newman School. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  17. ^ "John Lovell, Jr & John Lovell, III 2006-2007". NASBA Center for the Public Trust. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Publishing Success is Child’s Play for Mo Willems ’86". Newman School. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Manning brothers lift Isidore Newman". ESPN. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  20. ^ Gatorade National Player of the Year#Basketball
  21. ^ "Peyton Manning". Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  22. ^ American Idol' alum Judd Harris shoots a video tribute to his hometown"'". New Orleans Net LLC. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  23. ^ "VJ Books presents Christopher Rice!". VJ Books. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Eli Manning had Super sense of future while still in high school". NY Daily News. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 

Further reading

  • Konigsmark, Anne Rochell. Isidore Newman School: One Hundred Years, 2004 (ISBN 0-9747959-0-9).

External links

  • Isidore Newman School official website
    • Archives of older websites
  • Isidore Newman School Archives in the LOUISiana Digital Library (in collaboration with the University of New Orleans)

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