Cardinal Newman High School (Santa Rosa, California)

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Cardinal Newman High School
Cardinal Newman High School logo.jpg
50 Ursuline Road
Santa Rosa, California, (Sonoma County) 95403
United States
Coordinates 38°29′39″N 122°44′29″W / 38.49417°N 122.74139°W / 38.49417; -122.74139Coordinates: 38°29′39″N 122°44′29″W / 38.49417°N 122.74139°W / 38.49417; -122.74139
Type Private
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1964
Oversight Diocese of Santa Rosa
Principal Graham Rutherford
Chaplain Fr. Moses Brown
Grades 9-12
Color(s) Cardinal Red and Gold         
Mascot Cardinal
Team name Cardinals
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Newspaper NU Times
Tuition $13,600 (2014-2015)
Dean of Students Francisco Manriquez
Enrollment Director Pat Piehl
Athletic Directors Jerry Bonfigli and Dave Geoffrion

Cardinal Newman High School is an American Catholic high school located in Santa Rosa, California. Founded on April 24, 1964, and named for Cardinal John Henry Newman, it was one of the top 50 Catholic high schools in the nation for 2005, according to the Acton Institute's Catholic High School Honor Roll. On Tuesday, November 9, 2010, Cardinal Newman's sister school, Ursuline High School, announced that it would close at the end of the academic year. Cardinal Newman quickly responded by saying that the school would accept young women for the first time in the 2011-2012 school year.[2] The current principal is Graham Rutherford. Its colors are Cardinal Red and Gold; its mascot is the cardinal. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa in California.


Cardinal Newman High School was the sister school of a girls secondary school located on the same road named Ursuline High School. Their campuses shared a common eating area. The schools' academic programs were also intertwined, with most classes for juniors and seniors taught co-educationally. Exceptions included all levels of math and basic levels of science. It is uncommon for CN and UHS freshmen and sophomores to take classes taught at the other school, but certain language classes demanded it. The schools had separate associated student bodies that collaborated in the discharge of their duties. The two schools also collaborated on school-sponsored social events like the drama program. Athletics, with the exceptions of cross country, track & field, swimming, and water polo, were not collaborations. The schools had separate offices, libraries, computer labs, classrooms, and gymnasiums, but they shared cafeterias, a multipurpose facility, and some athletics facilities. Class rankings for Newman and Ursuline were separate, but the students graduated together, with at least one valedictorian and salutatorian from each school addressing their graduation class.


Cardinal Newman curriculum includes mathematics, starting at pre-algebra to Advanced Placement calculus; sciences, consisting of biology, chemistry and physics; English; social studies, including government, economics, and history; Spanish language; and theology. Freshmen are required to complete physical education, basic computer literacy, health, public speaking and drawing. Advanced placement classes are offered in most subject areas. Electives include psychology, the school newspaper, weight training, music classes, advanced art classes, and more. Students take seven courses each school year.


In 2005, San Francisco 49ers Hall of Famer Joe Montana became a part-time quarterback coach for the team.[3] Former NFL player and author Keith Dorney also assisted with the team from 2003 to 2006. In the 2005-2006 season, CN football won both NBL and Section 3A Champs.

The school has a boys baseball team.[4]

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  1. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  2. ^ "Cardinal Newman High School among Top 50 Catholic High Schools Named for 2005" (PDF). Catholic High School Honor Roll (Press release). Acton Institute. 2005-09-08. Retrieved 2006-06-30. Among this year's top 50 is Santa Rosa's Cardinal Newman High School 
  3. ^ Cohn, Lowell (2005-09-18). "JOE MONTANA (CNHS Parent): Leaving it all behind A decade after retiring from football, the Hall of Famer is making a new life in Sonoma County away from the spotlight". The Press Democrat. Cardinal Newman High School. Archived from the original on 2006-02-19. Retrieved 2006-06-30. 
  4. ^ "Cardinal Newman vs. Santa Rosa Baseball". Press Democrat. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Cardinal Newman - Alumni". Cardinal Newman High School. Archived from the original on 2008-02-09. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 

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