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Columbia High School
17 Parker Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040
Columbia High School (CHS) has students from South Orange and Maplewood. Dr. Lovie Lilly is the principal. Famous gradsMore (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.
Our Lady of Sorrows School
172 Academy St, South Orange, NJ 07079

Founded in 1890, the school is connected to Our Lady of Sorrows Church. Though the vast majority of teachers areMore laypeople (only the principal and one other teacher are nuns), it's a Catholic institution that inspires strong devotion in its alumni. Graduating eighth graders go on to attend schools such as St. Peter's Prep, Seton Hall Prep, Roselle Catholic, Mount Saint Dominic, Union Catholic, Montclair Kimberly, Mother Seton, St. Benedict's Prep, Morristown Beard, Immaculate Conception, Oak Knoll, Oratory Prep, Lacodaire, Marist, Mount St. Mary's Academy, Regis, Villa Walsh, Marylawn, Xavier and St. Vincent's Academy.

The largest class has 25 students; the smallest has 14. A science lab is available for grades K through 5. The school has a hot lunch program. Sister Judith Blair has been principal since 2007. The school is also equipped with a state-of-the-art computer lab along with a number of smartboards in different classrooms.

There's a full-time nurse and a climbing wall in the gym.

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
5 Mead St, South Orange, NJ 07079

Dreamcatcher is an equity theater group that's in its sixth year performing at More target="_blank">The Baird.

It's a member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

In the 2008-2009 season, Dreamcatcher is presenting two mainstage productions, two improvisational comedy nights, two new play readings, one holiday variety show, and the Dreamcatcher Junior show with child actors.

Spring's mainstage production is "The Great God Money," which will run March 6-22.

Dreamcatcher also has a four-week Summer Theatre Conservatory for students 10-17. Programming is supported by grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and private donors.

Dreamcatcher sends audition notices to Actors' Equity, though most of the performers are resident members of the company.

The group is available for private parties -- either before or after a performance at the Baird, or for receptions at locations in the area.

It offers interships to high school and college students, who work as crew managers or stage managers on productions.