Orange High School (New Jersey)

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Orange High School
400 Lincoln Avenue
Orange, NJ 07050

Type Public high school
Established 1869
School district Orange Board of Education
Principal Faith Alcantara
Kalisha Harris-Morgan
Assistant principals Oliverto Agosto, Jr.
Jason Belton
Dana Gaines
Faculty 65.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 780 (as of 2010-11)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 12.00:1[1]
Athletics conference Super Essex Conference
Nickname Tornadoes

Orange High School is a three-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in tenth through twelfth grades from Orange in Essex County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Orange Board of Education. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1928.[2]

As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 780 students and 65.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.00:1. There were 321 students (41.2% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 33 (4.2% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 232nd-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2012 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 315th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[3] The magazine ranked the school 308th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[4] The school was ranked 276th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[5]


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.


The Orange High School Tornadoes compete in the Super Essex Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[6] Prior to the 2010 realignment, the school had been in the Skyline Division of the Northern Hills Conference, an athletic conference that had consisted of private and public high schools located in Essex, Morris and Passaic County Counties. The school colors are orange and black.

In 1994, the boys basketball team captured their first Tournament of Champions 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.[7] The team was coached by fellow alum and former standout athlete Al Thompson.


Orange High School is home to the Mighty Marching Tornadoes marching band and Award winning elite choir, Voices in Harmony, in addition to local musical rap group by the name of the SoundBox Banditz who were noticed for writing a song about an Orange High School teacher who had been laid off due to New Jersey's educational budget cuts in 2010.[8]


Core members of the school's administration are:

  • Faith Alcantara - Co-Principal
  • Kalisha Harris-Morgan - Co-Principal
  • Oliverto Agosto, Jr. - Assistant Principal
  • Jason Belton - Assistant Principal
  • Dana Gaines - Assistant Principal
  • Jason Green - Athletic Director

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Data for Orange High, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 10, 2012.
  2. ^ Orange High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed August 30, 2011.
  3. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed August 27, 2012.
  4. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 30, 2011.
  5. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  6. ^ League Memberships – 2012-2013, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 27, 2012.
  7. ^ Narducci, Marc. "Orange Drops Paterson Catholic To Win Tournament Of Champions The Tornadoes Prevailed, 64-55. The State Group 3 Champions Went Home With The Overall Title.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 21, 1994. Accessed August 30, 2011. "The Tornadoes became the first team not seeded first or second to win the Tournament of Champions boys' title, defeating top-seeded Paterson Catholic, 64-55, yesterday at Princeton University. Orange finished 25-3, losing all three games to Clifford Scott, a team the Tornadoes also beat once this season. Paterson Catholic, which hadn't lost to a New Jersey team all season, finished 26-3."
  8. ^ Bondy, Halley. "Students record tribute to Orange teacher being laid off", The Star-Ledger, May 13, 2009. Accessed August 30, 2011.
  9. ^ Giants Select Penn State DT Jay Alford in Third Round, New York Giants, April 28, 2007. Accessed May 1, 2007.
  10. ^ Cory Boyd profile, South Carolina Gamecocks. Accessed October 30, 2007.
  11. ^ 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′56″N 74°14′21″W / 40.76556°N 74.23917°W / 40.76556; -74.23917