The Newman School was founded in 1945 by the late Dr. J. Harry Lynch and a group of colleagues, all alumni of Boston College. Naming their school after the greatly admired John Henry Cardinal Newman, the founders started out by educating young men returning from military service at the end of World War II, and gradually expanded to serve young men and women in their high school years.
In 1948, Newman accepted its first international student, a young man from Korea who was homeless. Sponsored by a group of Boston College alumni who were friends of Newman’s founders, Thomas Song became Newman’s first international student.
Newman’s commitment to international education began in these early years of the school’s existence, and led to the development of the English as a Second Language program.
Today these commitments are carried forward through the school’s participation in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, which provides intellectual challenge and a dynamic learning environment for students of broadly diverse backgrounds.
Since 1985 under the leadership of J. Harry Lynch Jr., the school has developed its curriculum in the liberal arts tradition embraced by John Henry Newman, using the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program as the foundation for learning. A vibrant program of sports (eleven teams) and activities rounds out the experience of the students.
The school continues to attract students from all over the world as well as students from the neighborhoods of Boston and surrounding cities and towns. Its proximity to the Boston Ballet as well as its serious academic curriculum has made The Newman School home to many students in The Boston Ballet Pre-professional program.
The spirit of Cardinal Newman is embodied in his motto, which Newman School adopts as our own: "Cor ad Cor Loquitur" (Let Heart Speak to Heart). At Newman, teachers and students work together to maintain and build a culture of seriousness, collegiality, maturity, and intellectual energy.