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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. The school is organized into four student houses--Cutler, Goldrick, Goodwin, and Wheeler--each with a student commons.
Newton South was the first public high school to create a gay-straight alliance in the United States in the early 1990s.
Newton South features two award-winning student newspapers, Denebola and The Lion's Roar.
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.
The school gained notoriety in 2002 for its "Senior Scavenger Hunt", a student-organized contest that featured theft, vandalism, illegal drug use, and various sexual acts committed by the graduating seniors in exchange for points.
Newton South was named Massachusetts's top athletic program by Sports Illustrated in 2009.
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Marisa Catalina Casey, class of 1997, co-author of Born in Our Hearts: Stories of Adoption, is the Founder and Executive Director of the arts education nonprofit Starting Artists, Inc. located in Brooklyn, NY.