Cardinal Newman High School (Columbia, South Carolina)

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Cardinal Newman School
2945 Alpine Road
Columbia, South Carolina, (Richland County) 29206
United States
Coordinates 34°4′33″N 80°55′14″W / 34.07583°N 80.92056°W / 34.07583; -80.92056Coordinates: 34°4′33″N 80°55′14″W / 34.07583°N 80.92056°W / 34.07583; -80.92056
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1858
Superintendent Sister Julia Hutchison
Principal Jacqualine Kasprowski
Chaplain Fr. Andrew Trapp
Grades 712
Enrollment 440 (2008)
Color(s) Red and Black         
Team name Cardinals
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Dean of Students Candi Watson
Dean of Faculty Wanda Briley
Director of Admissions Theresa Harper
Athletic Director Wanda Briley

Cardinal Newman High School is a diocesean, Roman Catholic middle and high school outside the city limits of Columbia, South Carolina. It is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston.


Cardinal Newman was established in 1858 as Ursuline High School, a school for young women. That school was destroyed when Union soldiers burned Columbia in 1865. The school reopened in Valle Crucis, North Carolina and remained there until 1887, when it moved back to Columbia. The first male graduated in 1951. The school became a diocesan school in 1957 and was renamed Catholic High School of Columbia. The school moved to Forest Acres, a suburb of Columbia, in 1961 and was renamed Cardinal Newman High School in honor of John Henry Newman.[2] The school moved to a 50-acre campus on Alpine Road in January 2016.

In its efforts to provide Catholic education to as many students possible, Cardinal Newman School began its operation of a middle school (grades 7 and 8) in 1989. The building, which formerly served as the Ursuline Convent, was thoroughly renovated and welcomed more than a 100 students.


Cardinal Newman broke ground on a new 50-acre campus located in unincorporated Richland County near Sesquicentennial State Park in spring 2013[3] and began instruction there in January 2016.

Academic programs[edit]

The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Association of Independent Schools, South Carolina Independent School Association, Palmetto Association of Independent Schools, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the National Catholic Educational Association. One of South Carolina's highest rated college-prep high schools, nearly 100% of the school's graduates go on to attend college, and in 2007, graduates received an average of more than $33,000 in scholarships.[citation needed]

Graduates have been known to attend Ivy League institutions.[citation needed]


Cardinal Newman fields 24 different sports teams, each of which has won at least one state championship in the last 15 years.

Feeder schools[edit]

In addition to Columbia-area public schools, Cardinal Newman has four Catholic elementary feeder schools: St. Joseph, St. John Neumann, St. Peter and St. Martin de Porres.

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  2. ^ CNHS. "Cardinal Newman School: History". Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2013-10-25.