Isidore Newman School

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Isidore Newman School
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Isidore Newman School is located in New Orleans
Isidore Newman School
Isidore Newman School
Location in New Orleans
1903 Jefferson Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
United States
Coordinates 29°55′52″N 90°06′42″W / 29.9311°N 90.1116°W / 29.9311; -90.1116Coordinates: 29°55′52″N 90°06′42″W / 29.9311°N 90.1116°W / 29.9311; -90.1116
Type Private, College-prep, Day
Motto Discimus Agere Agendo[1]
(We learn to do by doing)
Denomination Non-denominational
Established 1903
Founder Isidore Newman
Head of school Dale Smith
Faculty 152 (2008)
Grades PK12
Gender Coeducational
Number of students 919 (2008)
Average class size 15
Student to teacher ratio 7:1
Campus size 11 acres (4.5 ha)
School colour(s) Kelly Green, White
Athletics conference LHSAA
Nickname Greenies
Accreditation NAISISAS
Alumni ~6000
Original school name, Isidore Newman Manual Training School, was changed to its current name in 1931

Isidore Newman School is a private, nondenominational, co-educational college preparatory school located on an 11-acre (45,000 m2) campus in the Uptown section of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Jeré Longman of The New York Times described Isidore Newman as "one of Louisiana’s elite private schools".[2]


Isidore Newman School was founded in 1903 by Isidore Newman, a New Orleans philanthropist and founder of the Maison Blanche department store chain. It opened its doors the following year as the Isidore Newman Manual Training School (the name was changed in 1931).[3]

The school buildings suffered damage due to wind,[2] and flooding caused by 2005's Hurricane Katrina and was closed for two months.[4] It reopened in January 2006, and by October 2006 enrollment fully recovered.[2]


Newman offers comprehensive education for students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, organized into Lower, Middle and Upper schools.[5]

The school is a member of the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest and the National Association of Independent Schools.

The school also offers four foreign languages, including Honors and/or AP classes in each language: French I-V, Spanish I-V, Latin I-V, and Chinese I-IV

The Second Honor Roll GPA must be a 3.33, and First Honor Roll must be a 3.67.


Newman's athletic teams compete in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. The school fields teams for a number of sports, including baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, gymnastics, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and volleyball.

Newman holds 89 State Championships as of April 2016.

The largest building on campus is the Cotonio Palaestra.

Billy Fitzgerald, veteran science teacher and baseball and basketball coach at Newman and the school's athletic director, was the subject of a profile by alumnus Michael Lewis entitled Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life (2005; ISBN 0-393-06091-8).

In May 2010, ranked Newman at the top of a survey of which high schools produce the best NFL players—even though the school had at the time only produced three NFL players—because of the success of the Manning brothers.[6]


Newman currently has a student body of 1,005 and a faculty of 172, with an average class size of 15 students per class. Newman has 430 students in its lower school, 221 in its middle school and 354 in its upper school.


The average cost of tuition per student per year is $17,947 for grades Pre-K through 5th and $21,798 for grades 6th through 12th.

Principals and Heads of School[edit]

  • James Addicott, Principal, 1904-1908.
  • Clarence C. Henson, Principal, 1908-1947.
  • Eddie Kalin, Principal, 1948-1964.
  • William Cunningham, Headmaster, 1964-1976.
  • Theodore Cotonio, Headmaster, 1976-1986.
  • Michael Lacopo, Headmaster, 1987-1993.
  • Scott McLeod, Headmaster, 1993-2005.
  • Woody Price, Head of School, 2005-2007.
  • T.J. Locke, Head of School, 2007–2013.
  • Dale Smith, Head of School, 2013–Present

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Isidore Newman School Archives". OCLC. 
  2. ^ a b c Longman, Jeré (2006-10-24). "Homecoming Is a Victory, by Any Definition". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-12-03.  - Print: page D1, New York edition, "Homecoming Is a Victory, by Any Definition."
  3. ^ "NOLA History: 6 New Orleans Schools of Historic Interest". 2014-09-08. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  5. ^ "Isidore Newman School ~ Newman at a Glance". Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  6. ^ Matt Winkeljohn, "Manning brothers lift Isidore Newman",, May 11, 2010.
  7. ^ "Walter Inglis Anderson". Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Senator Conrad Appel - District 9". Louisiana State Senate. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Bryan Batt '81 Named Recipient of 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award". Newman School. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
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  11. ^ "Writer and Newman Alumnus Stephen Godchaux Delivers the Bernard Hirsch Herman Memorial Lecture". Newman School. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Jonathan M. Gottsegen: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg". Retrieved 2017-02-07. 
  13. ^ "The man who won Steve Jobs' trust". CNN Money. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Newman Distinguished Alumna 2013: Leslie Rosenthal Jacobs ’77". Newman School. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  15. ^ "The man who won Steve Jobs' trust". CNN Money. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  16. ^ Gatorade National Player of the Year#Basketball
  17. ^ "John Lovell, Jr & John Lovell, III 2006-2007". NASBA Center for the Public Trust. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Manning brothers lift Isidore Newman". ESPN. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Eli Manning had Super sense of future while still in high school". NY Daily News. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Peyton Manning". Archived from the original on April 8, 2013. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Andre Brown Moore papers". Tulane University. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Newman News" (PDF). Newman School. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Walda Barnett Besthoff '54 and Sydney J. Besthoff III '45, Mark J. Plotkin '73". Isidore Newman School. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  24. ^ "VJ Books presents Christopher Rice!". VJ Books. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  25. ^ Parker, Nancy. "Local musician turns 'different' into success". Fox 8 Live. Frankly Media and Raycom Media. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  26. ^ "Claude "Little Monk" Simons". Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  27. ^ "Bruce Spizer". Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Sean Tuohy Net Worth". Get Net Worth. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Publishing Success is Child’s Play for Mo Willems ’86". Newman School. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Newman Annual Report 2007-2008" (PDF). Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  31. ^ "John Minor Wisdom". Notable Names Retrieved April 8, 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Konigsmark, Anne Rochell. Isidore Newman School: One Hundred Years, 2004 (ISBN 0-9747959-0-9).

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