Newton South High School
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Newton South High School

Newton South High School
Aerial Photograph of Newton South High School taken on December 30, 2014 from a Cessna 172
140 Brandeis Road


United States
Coordinates42°18?51.73?N 71°11?11.36?W / 42.3143694°N 71.1864889°W / 42.3143694; -71.1864889Coordinates: 42°18?51.73?N 71°11?11.36?W / 42.3143694°N 71.1864889°W / 42.3143694; -71.1864889
MottoBona mens omnibus patet
(A good mind is open to all things)
Established1960; 60 years ago (1960)
School districtNewton Public Schools
CEEB code221548
PrincipalJoel Stembridge[1]
Teaching staff153.5 (2018-19)[2]
Enrollment1,911 (2018-19)[3]
Student to teacher ratio12.4:1 (2018-19)[2]
Campus size33.477 acres (135,480 m2)
Color(s)     Blue
NewspaperThe Lion's Roar, Denebola
Last updated: May 11, 2019; 12 months ago (2019-05-11)

Newton South High School is one of two public high schools in the city of Newton, Massachusetts, United States, the other being Newton North.

History and student life

Newton's only public high school, Newton High, grew to 3,000 students by the late 1950s. Newton built a new school, Newton South, in the Oak Hill neighborhood in 1960.[4] The school is organized into four student houses--Cutler, Goldrick, Goodwin, and Wheeler--each with a student commons.[4]

Newton South was the first public high school to create a gay-straight alliance in the United States in the early 1990s.[5]

Newton South features two award-winning student newspapers, Denebola and The Lion's Roar.[6]

U.S. News & World Report ranked Newton South as the 664th-best high school in the country and 20th-best in the Massachusetts in its 2020 rankings.[7]

Public attention

The school gained notoriety in 2002 for its "Senior Scavenger Hunt",[8] a student-organized contest that featured theft, vandalism, illegal drug use, and various sexual acts committed by the graduating seniors in exchange for points.[9]

On February 8, 2007, the Newton South STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition chapter organized a Darfur Benefit Concert with the well known band, State Radio, raising over $23,000 for Save the Children and the Genocide Intervention Network.[10]


Newton South competes in the DCL (Dual County League).[]

  • Fall sports
    • Football (B)
    • Soccer (B+G)
    • Cross Country (B+G)
    • Volleyball (G)
    • Golf (Co-Ed)
    • Field Hockey (Co-Ed)
    • Cheerleading (Co-Ed)
  • Winter sports
    • Basketball (B+G)
    • Gymnastics (B+G)
    • Nordic Skiing (B+G)
    • Alpine Skiing (B+G)
    • Indoor Track and Field (B+G)
    • Wrestling (B+G)
    • Hockey (B+G)
    • Swimming and Diving (B+G)
    • Cheerleading (Co-Ed)
  • Spring sports
    • Lacrosse (B+G)
    • Baseball (B)
    • Softball (G)
    • Volleyball (B)
    • Track and Field (B+G)
    • Tennis (B+G)
    • Rugby (B+G)

Awards and recognition

Newton South was named Massachusetts's top athletic program by Sports Illustrated in 2009.[11]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "Staff Directory". Newton South High School. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Teacher Data (2018-19) - Newton South High (02070510)". Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Enrollment Data (2018-19) - Newton South High (02070510)". Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ a b From the description of Newton South High School History, 1960-2003. (Minuteman Library Network). WorldCat record id: 319889351. Published by SNAC Cooperative
  5. ^ Jennings, Kevin: Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son: A Memoir, page 196. Beacon Press, 2006.
  6. ^ Viser, Matt (February 20, 2005). "Double scoops: At Newton South, two papers vie to make headlines". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ "Newton South High". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ Time Waster. "Lewd, Crude High School Scavenger Hunt". The Smoking Gun. Retrieved 2010.
  9. ^ "Lewd, Crude High School Scavenger Hunt". The Smoking Gun. December 11, 2013. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ Christopher Loh and Maggie Mastricola (February 13, 2007). "Darfur Benefit Concert Multimedia Sound Slide Show". Newton Tab. Archived from the original on February 9, 2013. Retrieved 2010.
  11. ^ "Top athletics program in each state and the District of Columbia". Sports Illustrated. July 6, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  12. ^ Springer, Shira (October 2, 2015). "Newton native becomes seller to the stars". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on October 4, 2015.
  13. ^ "The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2007". Retrieved 2010.

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