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Jeré Longman of The New York Times described Isidore Newman as "one of Louisiana's elite private schools".
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).
The school buildings suffered damage due to wind and flooding caused by 2005's Hurricane Katrina and was closed for two months. It reopened in January 2006, and by October 2006 enrollment fully recovered.
Newman offers comprehensive education for students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, organized into Lower, Middle and Upper 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 on a number of sports, including baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and volleyball. Newman held 89 State Championships as of April 2016. The largest building on campus is the Cotonio Palaestra.
Peyton Manning, who later played 18 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), attended the high school, and led their football team to a 34-5 record during his three seasons as its starter. He was named Gatorade Circle of Champions National Player-of-the-Year and Columbus (Ohio) Touchdown Club National Offensive Player-of-the-Year in 1993. While at Newman, he began wearing the #18 jersey in honor of his older brother Cooper, who was forced to give up football due to spinal stenosis. Younger brother Eli also wore the number when he became starting quarterback. Newman has since retired the #18 jersey and it can be seen hanging in the school gym. Manning was among the most sought after high school players in the country and was recruited by 60 colleges.
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; ISBN0-393-06091-8).
Jeremy Bleich, later selected in the First Round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Yankees, played baseball for the school, graduating in 2005. In high school by his junior year he had what author Michael Lewis described as "a decent fastball, great command, a big-league change-up and charm to burn", and had over 40 colleges recruiting him. Bleich was named a 2005 first-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball (Louisville Slugger), a third-team All American by Baseball America, and the 2005 All-Metro Player of the Year. He was named All-State in Louisiana twice, was the 2004 and 2005 District Most Valuable Player, and in 2003-2005 was named a three-time All-District, All-Metro, and All-Orleans teams player.
In May 2010, ESPN.com 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--Omar Douglas and the Manning brothers.
Newman 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
James Edwin 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
Conrad Appel, Metairie industrialist and Republican member of the Louisiana State Senate since 2008.