New Philadelphia accepted an invitation to join the Ohio Cardinal Conference during a Special Board of Education meeting Monday night.

The Quakers will join current members West Holmes, Ashland, Lexington, Mount Vernon, Mansfield Senior, Mansfield Madison and Wooster for the 2022-23 school year.

New Philly was a member of the old Cardinal Conference from 1962 before leaving back in 1987. Since then, New Philadelphia has played in the Federal League and most-recently East Central Ohio League (beginning in 1998).