Blessed Cardinal Newman Catholic High School

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Blessed Cardinal Newman Catholic High School
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Cor ad Cor Loquitur
Heart speaks to heart

Growing In Faith and Truth
100 Brimley Road South
Cliffside, Toronto, Ontario, M1M 3X4
Coordinates 43°42′50″N 79°14′28″W / 43.713799°N 79.240994°W / 43.713799; -79.240994Coordinates: 43°42′50″N 79°14′28″W / 43.713799°N 79.240994°W / 43.713799; -79.240994
School type Catholic High school
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Founded 1973
School board Toronto Catholic District School Board
Superintendent Geoff Grant
Area 8
Area trustee Nancy Crawford
Ward 12
School number 519 / 694193
Principal Joan Tschernow
Vice Principals Susan Laidlaw
Peter Petrasek
CSAC Chair Samantha Baszun (2014-15)
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1255 (2014-15)
Language English
Colour(s) Red, Gold, Navy and Black                 
Team name Newman Knights
Parish St Theresa Shrine
Specialist High Skills Major Information and Communication Technology
(awaiting approval from the board)
Program Focus Advanced Placement
Extended French

Blessed Cardinal Newman Catholic High School (also known as BCNCHS, Blessed Cardinal Newman CHS, BCNHS, Blessed CNHS, Blessed Cardinal Newman, or simply as Newman) is a Roman Catholic high school administered by the Toronto Catholic District School Board.[1] The school was founded in 1973 when the St. Augustine's Seminary decided to use extra classroom space as a result of its own declining student enrolment. The school was named after John Henry Newman, a 19th-century English convert to Catholicism and prolific author who is currently in the process of beatification. Located on a magnificent 18 hectare campus, Cardinal Newman Catholic School overlooks a broad vista that contains both the Scarborough Bluffs and Lake Ontario.


The facility was built in 1962 as the college for St. Augustine's Seminary due to St. Michael's College lacking a downtown campus for St. Augustine's. The eastern residential wing of the college was demolished and was rebuilt as Cardinal Newman, opened on September 4, 1973.

From the beginning, Cardinal Newman was staffed by Catholic lay teachers who were teaching exclusively. Cardinal Newman is one of only two high schools in the Metropolitan Separate School Board (now today as the Toronto Catholic District School Board) to focus intently on an integration program for students with special needs. In addition, Cardinal Newman was in the forefront of programs like peer counseling, mediation, electronic keyboarding, and communications technology.

Cardinal Newman was at one time the only non-uniformed Roman Catholic High School in Metro Toronto. This was changed beginning in the late 1980s and early 1990s so as to conform with other local Catholic High Schools.

The school name was changed to Blessed Cardinal Newman in February 2011.

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