Newton South High School

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Newton South High School
Bona mens omnibus patet. (A good mind is open to all things).
140 Brandeis Road
Newton, Massachusetts, 02459
Coordinates 42°18′51.73″N 71°11′11.36″W / 42.3143694°N 71.1864889°W / 42.3143694; -71.1864889Coordinates: 42°18′51.73″N 71°11′11.36″W / 42.3143694°N 71.1864889°W / 42.3143694; -71.1864889
Established 1960
CEEB Code 221548
Principal Joel Stembridge
Faculty 220 (as of 2007)
Enrollment 1,740
Campus size 33.477 acres (135,480 m2)
School color(s) Blue & Orange          
Mascot Lion
Newspaper The Lion's Roar, Denebola
Yearbook Regulus

Newton South High School is one of two public high schools in the city of Newton, Massachusetts, the other being Newton North.


Newton South is divided into four sections known as houses. The houses are Goldrick, which contains the History and English departments, as well as the Preschool; Wheeler, which contains the English department and some math and science rooms; Cutler, which contains the Math and Science departments; and Goodwin, which contains the World language department. Building 1 is Goldrick; 2 is Wheeler; 3 is the science wing; 4 is Cutler; 5 is the field house and associated wellness classrooms; 6 is Goodwin; 7 is the cafeteria and the college and career resource room; 8 is the administrative section; and 9 is the arts wing, which also contains the Van Seasholes Auditorium.


Newton South places all students into one of four houses, in which they remain for the duration of high school. Unlike many other schools, the houses at Newton South are only for administrative and attendance purposes. They have no effect on the courses or activities of students, except for most students' homerooms.


The Newton-Beijing Jingshan School Exchange Program is the oldest exchange of public secondary school students between the United States and the People's Republic of China. The city of Newton hosts Chinese students and teachers for four months each fall and sends students and teachers to Beijing each spring. It has become a tradition for the Jingshan students to give an entertaining presentation on their culture to the school shortly before returning to their country.

Newton has also had a long-standing relationship with its sister city of San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua. Every February, a small group of Newton South students go to Nicaragua to live with local families and perform community service.


Newton South competes in the DCL (Dual County League), which includes Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, Bedford High School, Boston Latin School, Concord-Carlisle High School, Wayland High School, Westford Academy, Weston High School, Waltham High School, and South's principal rival, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.

Fall Sports[edit]

  • Football (B)
  • Soccer (B+G)
  • Cross Country (B+G)
  • Volleyball (G)
  • Golf (Co-Ed)
  • Field Hockey (Co-Ed)

Winter Sports[edit]

  • Basketball (B+G)
  • Gymnastics (B+G)
  • Nordic Skiing (B+G)
  • Alpine Skiing (B+G)
  • Indoor Track and Field (B+G)
  • Wrestling (B)
  • Hockey (B+G)
  • Swimming (B+G)

Spring Sports[edit]

  • Lacrosse (B+G)
  • Baseball (B)
  • Softball (G)
  • Volleyball (B)
  • Track and Field (B+G)
  • Tennis (B+G)
  • Rugby (B+G)

Awards and Recognition[edit]

Newton South was named Massachusetts's top athletic program by Sports Illustrated in 2009.[1]

South notables[edit]

  • Marisa Catalina Casey, class of 1997, co-author of Born in Our Hearts: Stories of Adoption, is the Founder and Executive Director of the arts education nonprofit Starting Artists, Inc. located in Brooklyn, NY.
  • Priyanka Chopra, class of 1999, Bollywood actress and Miss World 2000.
  • John Krasinski, class of 1997, actor for NBC's comedy The Office.
  • Ben Kurland, class of 2002, an actor in The Artist which won 5 Academy Awards.
  • Bill Lichtenstein, class of 1974, Peabody Award-winning journalist, filmmaker, radio producer.
  • Jonathan Mann, class of 1965, World Health Organization chief against AlDS.
  • Roger Myerson, class of 1969, was one of the three recipients of the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2007 "'for having laid the foundations of mechanism design theory'."[2]
  • B. J. Novak, class of 1997, co-executive producer, writer, and actor for NBC's comedy The Office.
  • Eli Roth, class of 1990, film director, producer, writer, and actor. Co-starred with Novak in Inglourious Basterds.
  • Josh Altman, class of 1997, real estate agent, reality TV personality. Co-stars on Million Dollar Listing on Bravo!


Newton South's print publications used to be Denebola,[3] the school's official paper, and The Lion's Roar, a student-run paper. Jack Dvorak, an Indiana University professor who studies high school journalism, said, "I don't know of any school other than [South] that has two papers at least in part supported by the school. That really is rare, if not unique".[4]

During the 2011-2012 school year, Newton South's journalism program underwent a major revamping. The Lion's Roar remained unchanged. Denebola, was dissolved, and reborn as the website, "".[3] In addition, a newsmagazine, Leo, was established.

The two publications are consistently ranked among the best in the region; Denebola has been noted as one of the best scholastic online publications in the nation, while The Lion's Roar has been noted as one of the best scholastic papers in the nation.

In 2004, The Lion's Roar won the Pacemaker Award at the National Scholastic Press Association's annual conference.[citation needed] In 2007, both editors-in-chief of The Lion's Roar finished first and second, respectively, in the 2007 JEA Massachusetts Journalist of the Year Award.[citation needed] In November 2007, The Lion's Roar placed 10th in the nation for "Best of Show" in Philadelphia at the National Scholastic Press Association's annual convention.[citation needed] All five of The Lion's Roar write-off participants placed in their respective categories, earning the highest and second highest distinctions. One of the editors-in-chief was also published in "The Best Teen Writing of 2007" for a story she wrote about a teacher battling cancer. She also received a Gold Award from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.[citation needed]

In November 2008, at the NSPA/JEA National Convention in St. Louis, The Lion's Roar moved up four slots to sixth place in the "Best of Show" category. One of the editors-in-chief also placed second in the "Story of the Year" category for sports writing for a piece on concussions in high school sports. In the write-off competitions, the Roar fared well for the second straight year, as six students placed: one with a Superior rating, one with an Excellent rating, and four with honorable Mentions in their respective categories.[citation needed]

In 2009, The Lions Roar was once again nominated for the Pacemaker Award, and received a finalist position. In November 2011, The Lion's Roar won 5th place in the Best in Show competition at the NSPA/JEA National Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[citation needed]

The Lion's Roar has continued to receive regional and national awards. In 2012, The Lion's Roar won the MSPA General excellence prize and in the same year was nominated as a finalist for NSPA's 2012 Pacemaker award.[citation needed] In 2013, The Lion's Roar placed sixth in the "Best of Show" category for the November NSPA/JEA National Convention in Boston.

After Denebola transitioned in early 2012, it placed 2nd in the "Best of Show" category for the November NSPA/JEA National Convention in San Antonio. In 2013, Denebola won the Pacemaker award at the National Scholastic Press Association's annual spring conference. [5] Denebola also won the Massachusetts Press Association's Award for General Excellence in Online Journalism at Suffolk University, and placed 3rd in the "Best of Show" category for the November NSPA/JEA National Convention in Boston in 2013.

Denebola was ranked as one of the best papers in New England during its print existence. In the spring of 2007, 2008, and 2010, Denebola won first place at the annual New England Scholastic Press Association conference. In 2009, Denebola won second place at this annual conference. In 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010 Denebola also won the Massachusetts Press Association's Award for General Excellence at Suffolk University, a title for the best high school newspaper in Massachusetts.[citation needed]

In its December 2007 issue, Denebola reported on five hidden security cameras found at the school.[6] According to the article, students, parents, faculty, and administrators were unaware of the cameras, three of which were disguised as smoke detectors. The article was highlighted in the local newspaper, The Boston Globe,[7] and reports appeared on local TV channels WCVB, WHDH, and WBZ.[citation needed]

Public attention[edit]

The school gained notoriety in 2002 for its "Senior Scavenger Hunt",[8] a student-organized contest that featured theft, vandalism, illegal drug use, and various sexual acts committed by the graduating seniors in exchange for points.

On February 8, 2007, the Newton South STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition chapter organized a Darfur Benefit Concert with the well known band, State Radio, raising over $23,000 for Save the Children and the Genocide Intervention Network.[9]


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