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Cardinal Newman High School (West Palm Beach, Florida)

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Religious affiliation(s)  Roman Catholic
President  Rev. David W. Carr
Tuition  11,050 USD
Phone  +1 561-683-6266
Established  1961
Faculty  40
Number of students  540
Colors  Blue, Gold
School type  Private, Coeducational Private
Principal  Christine Higgins, Ph.D.
Address  512 Spencer Dr, West Palm Beach, FL 33409, USA
Similar  Palm Beach Lakes Co, Oxbridge Academy, Alexander W Dreyfoos, The King's Academy, Park Vista Community High Sch

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."

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. 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. 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.

Notable alumni

  • Jeff Atwater, current Florida Chief Financial Officer and former State Senator
  • Laura Bennett, professional triathlete and 2008 and 2012 Olympic games participant
  • John Carney, a professional football placekicker in the NFL.
  • Matt Cetlinski, Olympic gold medalist in swimming
  • Abram Elam, a professional football Safety (American football position) in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns
  • Craig Erickson, former University of Miami and NFL Quarterback
  • Mark Foley, a former Republican politician in the U.S. House.
  • Jacoby Ford, American football wide receiver for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL)
  • Bradley Grace, musician and member of Post Hardcore band Poison The Well
  • Brooks Koepka, professional golfer and PGA Tour winner
  • Theresa LePore, the former Supervisor of Elections for Palm Beach County, Florida who designed the infamous "butterfly ballot," used in the 2000 presidential election.
  • Jackie Manuel, UNC basketball player
  • Eddie Shannon, Point Guard for the Adelaide 36ers in the NBL
  • John Collins, Wake Forest University basketball player
  • References

    Cardinal Newman High School (West Palm Beach, Florida) Wikipedia