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Orange High School
400 Lincoln Avenue
Orange, NJ 07050

Type Public high school
School district Orange Board of Education
Principal Ms. Erica Stewart
Asst. Principal Dana Gaines
Ursula Derios
Dr. John Young II
Faculty 93.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 1,168 (as of 2006-07)[1]
Student:teacher ratio 12.6[1]
Athletics conference Northern Hills Conference
Nickname Tornadoes
Information 973-677-4050

Orange High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Orange in Essex County, New Jersey, United States, as part of the Orange Board of Education.

As of the 2006-07 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,168 students and 93 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.6.[1]

The school was the 308th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 316 schools statewide, in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2008 cover story on the state's Top Public High Schools. The school was ranked 276th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[2]



The current building housing Orange High School is the fourth site used for the school, in three different parts of the city. The first, dedicated on September 13, 1869, was located next to the First Church of Orange (Presbyterian). The second site was located at Main and Cleveland Streets. The third is now being used as Orange Middle School. The fourth, and current site, was dedicated on October 7, 1973, after opening to students on September 5 of that year.


Core members of the school's administration are:[3] No One Important - Principal

  • Jason Belton - Assistant Principal
  • Dana Gaines - Assistant Principal
  • Olivert Agosta - Assistant Principal
  • Richard Hymson-Assistant Principal


The Orange High School Tornadoes compete in the Northern Hills Conference, an athletic conference of private and public high schools located in Essex, Morris and Passaic County Counties in Northern New Jersey. Orange High School participates in the conference's Skyline Division. The league operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.

In 1994, the boys basketball team captured their first Tournament of Champions (NJSIAA) trophy by defeating Tim Thomas and heavily-favored Paterson Catholic High School, giving the Tornadoes a #1 ranking in NJ, and national rank of #11 in USA Today. The team was coached by fellow alum and former standout athlete Al Thompson.

The school colors are orange and black.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b c d Orange High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 18, 2007.
  2. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  3. ^ Public Schools, Orange Board of Education. Accessed August 13, 2008.
  4. ^ Giants Select Penn State DT Jay Alford in Third Round, New York Giants, April 28, 2007. Accessed May 1, 2007.
  5. ^ Cory Boyd profile, South Carolina Gamecocks. Accessed October 30, 2007.
  6. ^ Beatrice Alice Hicks, 1919-1979, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Accessed December 18, 2007. "After graduating from Orange High School in 1935, she enrolled in Newark College of Engineering, later renamed the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)."

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Coordinates: 40°45′51″N 74°14′29″W / 40.764145°N 74.241472°W / 40.764145; -74.241472

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