Cardinal Newman High School (West Palm Beach, Florida)

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Cardinal Newman High School
512 Spencer Drive
West Palm Beach, Florida, (Palm Beach County) 33409
United States
Coordinates 26°42′38″N 80°5′37″W / 26.71056°N 80.09361°W / 26.71056; -80.09361Coordinates: 26°42′38″N 80°5′37″W / 26.71056°N 80.09361°W / 26.71056; -80.09361
School type Private, Coeducational Private
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1961
President Rev. David W. Carr
Principal Christine Higgins, Ph.D.
Faculty 40
Grades 912
Enrollment 540 ([citation needed])
Average class size 28
Color(s) Blue and Gold         
Mascot Crusader
Team name Crusaders
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Average SAT scores 1589
Average ACT scores 24
Publication Illuminated Manuscript (Literary Magazine)
Newspaper Crusader Chronicles
Tuition $11,050.00
Dean of Students Dave Wiliams
Head Football Coach Steve Walsh

Cardinal Newman High School, also commonly referred to as Cardinal Newman or simply Newman, is a private college preparatory Catholic coeducational day school located in West Palm Beach Florida, United States. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach. Founded in September 1961, and named for the Cardinal John Henry Newman, it is one of two private Catholic high schools in Palm Beach County, Florida. In 2005, Cardinal Newman was the first Catholic high school in Florida, and one of only a dozen in America, to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.


Cardinal Newman High School traces its roots to St. Ann's Catholic School of St. Ann's Parish, located in downtown West Palm Beach. St. Ann's School opened its doors in 1925 to serve parishes in central Palm Beach County. This school would serve the educational needs of Catholic high school students until the early 1960s. This changed when Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll announced construction of a new high school in West Palm Beach.

In September 1961, a small number of Adrian Dominicans moved from St. Ann's School to the new single building Cardinal Newman High School. "A second classroom building was added within five years, and Archbishop Carroll dedicated a new cafeteria and gymnasium in 1973."[1]

Later years saw a number of additions and modernizations, including the John P. Raich Athletic Building in 1985, Crusader Stadium in 1993, and the addition and updating of the lacrosse and softball fields in 2003. In 2006, a track and field facility was added, and the gymnasium was renovated.[1] In 2010, the cafeteria underwent an extensive renovation, and the gym was further updated in the 2012-2013 school year. The school added a dance studio in 2012.


Cardinal Newman bases its academic program on local school policy, standards of the Florida Board of Education, and accreditation criteria issued by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.[2] Students are required to take 14 semester credits each year during their four years in the following disciplines: Religion, English, Social Studies, a foreign language, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, life management, and the arts. Students can also partake in the IB Diploma Programme or Advanced Placement courses offered at Newman. There is a community service component requiring students to complete a minimum of 25 hours per year serving their community during their time in high school.

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  1. ^ a b "A Brief History of Cardinal Newman High School". Archived from the original on 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  2. ^ Advance Education, Inc. "Institution Summary". Retrieved 2010-07-14. 

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