City Website: http://www.southorange.org/
South Orange is a suburban township located in Essex County with a population of approximately 16,198 residents. It is a quaint residential community boasting authentic Tudor, Colonial, and Victorian homes, streets dotted with gaslights, beautiful parks, and a bustling Village center. The history of South Orange dates back to May 21, 1666, when Connecticut settlers landed on the shores of the Passaic River. Guided by Captain Robert Treat and Lieutenant Samuel Swaine, the group purchased land, now known as Newark, from the Lenni Lenape Indians on July 11, 1666. Those families wishing to farm moved westward into South Orange and surrounding areas. In 1678, the Lenapes sold the settlers a second parcel of land running from the East Branch of the Rahway River to the mountain top. Everyone loves the vibrant center of the Village which includes Ashley Market Gourmet Supermarket, Starbucks and Above Restaurant.
South Orange is part of the School District of South Orange and Maplewood which serves more than 6,600 students in nine schools, including six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. The community and its schools are racially and economically diverse with more than 90 percent of Columbia High School graduates planning to attend college each year.
As of October 15 of this year there are a total of 6,625 students enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12 as follows:
Columbia High School – 1858; Maplewood Middle School – 738; South Orange Middle School – 711; Clinton Elementary School (Maplewood) – 506; Jefferson Elementary School (Maplewood) – 527; Marshall Elementary School (South Orange) – 511; Seth Boyden Elementary School (Maplewood) – 537; South Mountain Elementary School (South Orange) – 619;
Tuscan Elementary School (Maplewood) – 618.
Bordering on the South Mountain Reservation, with its sister town of Maplewood, Seton Hall University is also a major contributor to the hustle and bustle of the community as well as the grand historic sections of Montrose and then more modern neighborhood known as Newstead.
SOPAC, South Orange Performing Arts Center is right in the vibrant Village, which has an active train station and many prominent recording artists and athletes have made this community their home. South Orange and Maplewood share a highly touted Columbia High School and the town has a beautiful park and many luxury condominiums built in the last twenty years.
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