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Cardinal Newman High School
50 Ursuline Road

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United States
Coordinates38°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
MottoFrom Shadows and Symbols into the Truth
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s)St. John Henry Newman
OversightDiocese of Santa Rosa
SuperintendentDr. Linda Norman
School code053-326
PresidentDr. Linda Norman
PrincipalMr. Nicholas Reynolds
ChaplainRev. John M. Plass
Enrollment587 (2019[2])
Average class size22
Student to teacher ratio13:1
Color(s)Cardinal Red and Gold   
Team nameCardinals
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
PublicationThe Trinity
Tuition$16,800 (2020-2021)
Dean of StudentsJohn Gilson
Director of AdmissionsPat Piehl
Athletic DirectorMonica Mertle

Cardinal Newman High School is an American Catholic high school located in Santa Rosa, California. The school was originally for boys, but shared some facilities with Ursuline High School for girls; it has been coeducational since Ursuline's closure in 2011. 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.

In October 2017, the school was significantly damaged by the Tubbs Fire.


See also: Ursuline High School (Santa Rosa, California)

Cardinal Newman High School was founded on April 24, 1964, and named for Cardinal John Henry Newman. It was the brother school of a girls' secondary school located on the same road named Ursuline High School. The campuses shared a common eating area. The schools' academic programs were also intertwined, with most classes for juniors and seniors and some freshman and sophomore language classes taught co-educationally. The two schools also collaborated on school-sponsored social events such as the drama program. The schools had separate associated student bodies that collaborated in the discharge of their duties. 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 in addition to the cafeteria they shared 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.

Ursuline announced on November 9, 2010, that it would close at the end of the academic year. Cardinal Newman became coeducational at the start of the 2011–2012 academic year.[3]

In October 2017, much of the campus was destroyed in the Tubbs Fire.[3] Classes resumed in church buildings in four separate parishes; donations to the school included videoconferencing equipment from Cisco Systems, but poor wireless internet prevented their use. Classes are scheduled to resume on campus in January 2018, housed in portable buildings.[4]


Cardinal Newman's 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, and advanced art classes. Students take seven courses each school year.

According to the Acton Institute's Catholic High School Honor Roll, Cardinal Newman was one of the top 50 Catholic high schools in the nation for 2005.[5]

View the School Profile here.


In 2005, San Francisco 49ers Hall of Famer Joe Montana became a part-time quarterback coach for the team.[6] 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 also has baseball and basketball teams.[7]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Archived from the original on 2009-08-14. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
  2. ^ "2019-2020 School Profile" (PDF). Cardinal Newman High School. 2019. Retrieved 29 July 2020.
  3. ^ a b Shea, John (2017-10-14). "Cardinal Newman High School bands together in wake of fire". San Francisco Chronicle.
  4. ^ Thadani, Trisha (2017-12-26). "After devastating Wine Country fires, high school struggles to rewire". San Francisco Chronicle.
  5. ^ "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
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Cardinal Newman vs. Santa Rosa Baseball". Press Democrat. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14.
  8. ^ "Cardinal Newman - Alumni". Cardinal Newman High School. Archived from the original on 2008-02-09. Retrieved 2008-02-27.