South Orange

Learn about South Orange

"The time and circumstances under which the name South Orange originated will probably never be known," wrote historian William H. Shaw in 1884, "and we are obliged to fall back on a tradition, that Mr. Nathan Squier first used the name in an advertisement offering wood for sale" in 1795.

Of the 565 municipalities in New Jersey, the Village is one of only four with a village type of government; the others are Loch Arbour, Ridgefield Park and Ridgewood.

The Village dates back to May 4, 1869, when it was formed within South Orange Township (now Maplewood). On March 4, 1904, the Village of South Orange was created by an act of the New Jersey Legislature and separated from South Orange Township. In 1981, the name was changed to "South Orange Village Township" to take advantage of federal revenue sharing policies. The change was intended to allow South Orange to qualify for a pool of federal aid allocated to municipalities that allowed townships to receive as much as double the revenue-sharing aid per capita received by the four other types of New Jersey municipalities — borough, city, town or village.

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3 Mount Vernon Elementary School Preschool - 8th Grade Public
N/A Montrose Early Childhood Center Preschool - Preschool Public
4 South Mountain Elementary School And Annex Kindergarten - 5th Grade Public
3 Clinton Elementary School Kindergarten - 5th Grade Public
N/A Marshall Elementary School Kindergarten - 2Nd Grade Public
3 South Orange Middle School 6th Grade - 8th Grade Public
2 Columbia Sr High School 9th Grade - 12th Grade Public
N/A Our Lady Of Sorrows School Preschool - 8th Grade Catholic/Religious
N/A So Orange Country Day School Preschool - Kindergarten Private/Charter
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