Columbia High School 17 Parker Ave, Maplewood, NJ07040 Columbia High School (CHS) has students from South Orange and Maplewood. Dr. Lovie Lilly is the principal. Famous grads…More (and inductees to the CHS Hall of Fame) include Lauryn Hill ('93), Elisabeth Shue ('81), Andrew Shue ('85) and Paul Auster ('65). School statistics are taken from the state Department of Education's school report card for 2006-2007.
One of the most recent improvements to the school was converting the industrial arts section in the B-wing into a Black Box Theater used by the school's Parnassian Society for theater productions. Columbia competes in the Iron Hills Conference and is historically strong in soccer and track and field.
Montrose Alternative High School 365 Clark St, South Orange, NJ07079 The Montrose School (formerly an elementary school) houses Columbia High School's alternative program for students at…More risk of not graduating. It's currently undergoing renovations for roof and masonry repairs.
SOMAtv and the Columbia Cable Network air on South Orange Cablevision Channel 19 and Maplewood Comcast Channel 35.…More For South Orange FIOS subscribers, it's Channel 22.
Programming includes broadcasts of South Orange and Maplewood public meetings and Board of Ed meetings, interviews with local officials and personalities, and Columbia High School-produced news and features by the TV production classes.
Taping is done at Columbia High School. Production takes place on Tuesdays and Thursday nights.
The station manager is Tom Jeron.
SOMAtv programming includes "Nostalgia Alley," a look at South Orange/Maplewood history; "Girl Talk" with Donna Sill, a talk session with middle-school girls; "Books In Action" with Melissa Kopecky (South Orange head librarian), Jim Horton, Laura Kuemer or Larry Petraccaro; and "Meet the Artist" with Nancy Heinz-Glaser.
Memorial Park 299 Valley St, South Orange, NJ07079 Memorial Park is adjacent to the train tracks and is located just a few blocks from the Maplewood border and Columbia…More High School. It's a small refuge just off busy Valley Street, not to be confused with Maplewood's much larger Memorial Park (also on Valley). It has swingsets, a jungle gym, benches and picnic tables.