Architectural Digest has identified the most beautiful high school in each state. Columbia High School was selected as the top choice from New Jersey. According to Architectural Digest, Columbia is one of the oldest schools in the country. It was founded in 1815, though the current Gothic Revival building was completed in 1927.
From the Village Green – The Columbia boys’ varsity A cross country team opened their 2017 season by winning the Roxbury Invitational for the second year in a row. Columbia finished first out of a field of 23 teams. They defeated their nearest competitor, perennial power Morris Hills, by a score of 60 to 70 […]
From Essex News Daily – The Columbia High School Marching Band launched its 2017 season on Aug. 21, opening a weeklong band camp on the school’s campus to learn a new halftime show and teach the band’s newcomers how to march. The sounds of woodwind and percussion instruments rang through the hallways on the first […]
Columbia High School alum Claudia Schafer (’13) will present her work Black and Blue on display at the Domareki Gallery in CHS. Schafer graduated from Caldwell University with the Class of 2017. She received her BFA in Graphic Design and created the show Black and Blue as her senior thesis exhibit. The exhibition will be open from September 7th – 29th. […]
From the Village Green: Columbia Softball had a good year this past season. While record-wise it was not better than last year’s 13-12 mark with a 7-5 divisional record, the team went 9-12 with a 5-5 divisional record. They played a few less games than last year, and yet their record was nearly identical, so […]
From The Village Green: South Orange native and Columbia High School graduate Jimmy Murphy, Class of 2012, was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles on June 13 in the 8th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. Murphy, 22, is a 5th year senior at Fordham University. The right-handed pitcher was the No. 248 player selected overall […]
393 CHS students graduated with the Class of 2017 on June 22nd, and 354 of those students will be attending institutions of higher learning this fall. Five percent of students are taking a gap year, and six students are joining a branch of the military. Click here to read the entire article on The Village Green.
From The Village Green: In their first season back in the SEC American Division, and under new head coach James Whalen, who joined CHS from West Essex High School, the Columbia Cougars went 7-9 in league play and 12-14 overall. Click here to read the full article.
From the Essex News Daily: Catherine Jordan, a junior at Columbia High School, has been participating in track since age 8, having participated with the Jaguar Track Club for seven years before starting at CHS. During her freshman year at CHS, Jordan ran 2:19:08 in the 800-meter and won the Essex County Championships in high jump, both […]
Three current and former CHS students, including Junior Matthew Lintern, are part of the Mayo Performing Arts Center’s West Side Story production in Morristown, NJ. Click here for the full story.
On Wednesday, May 24, Columbia High School honored students for their work in television production at TV Awards Night in the auditorium. Click here for photos and a list of the awards. Milton Cohen, Aidan Sullivan, Ujunwa Ike, Ethan Mann win TV Production/Best Final Project
With courageous acting and a provocative script, a group of Essex County teens, including Valerie Houghton, Jordan Muhammad, Madie Reilly, Liana Runcie, Danielle Samake and Sage Territo of Columbia High School, brought the issues of slut-shaming and sexual assault to the forefront. Against a multi-media backdrop at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) in […]
From The Village Green: Every year, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognize exceptional students and their creative works. Columbia High School junior, Turner Andrasz, earned a National Silver Medal in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2017. He has been identified by panels of creative professionals as one of the most talented young artists in the […]
From The Village Green: The Columbian has earned the first place award in an annual competition held by the American Scholastic Press Association for the third year in a row. The national competition is open to student-run newspapers from across the country. Entries are critiqued on journalistic content, journalistic decision-making, visual layout and design, photography, illustration, and […]
From The Village Green: On May 15, the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education unanimously approved plans for a co-op ice hockey program for players from Columbia High School and Nutley High School. The Nut-Map-SO team will practice and have home games at the Codey Arena in West Orange — located about mid-way between the two schools. The program has […]
From the Village Green and written by David Griffith, a senior at Columbia High School, as well as one of the two editors in chief for the award-winning CHS newspaper, The Columbian: The repetitive rhetoric of the average day of high school was broken up on Friday, May 5, at Columbia High School (CHS) by the presence of […]
The CHS Cougar Boosters were able to raise more than $25,000, which will help fund extracurricular activities at CHS, from sports to clubs. Thank you to everyone who supported this effort! Click here to read more. CHS Math Teacher Emmanuel Arguelles
Columbia High School has earned 12 nominations this year for their production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The overall show has been nominated for Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical, Outstanding Performance by a Chorus, The Educational Impact Award. Students were also individually recognized for their contributions in acting, choreography and and […]
From the Village Green: The 15th Annual Shakespeare Festival took place on Friday, April 28, in the Columbia High School auditorium. This year’s theme was The Women of Shakespeare: “And though she be but little, she is fierce” (A Midsummer Night’s Dream 3.2.325), selected to recognize the often overlooked female characters of the canon. Sixteen of Shakespeare’s plays were […]
From the Village Green: The Columbia High School Girls Track Team sometimes gets taken for granted because they’ve been so good for so long. For example, the team just won their 9th consecutive Essex County title. And they had impressive results at the legendary Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Click here to read the entire article.
From The Village Green: CHS freshman Jack Woods was named to the New Jersey Interscholastic Fencing Association First All-State Fencing Team after his outstanding fencing in the 2016-2017 high school fencing season. This was foil fencer Woods’ first season on the CHS fencing team. CHS junior and epee fencer Isaiah Ogbeifun, was named to the Third All-State […]
For the third year in a row, the South Orange and Maplewood has been named as one of the 100 best communities for music education in America by the North American Music Manufacturer’s Foundation. This a great honor for our entire music program, as is recognizes excellence at all grade levels and in all disciplines, […]
From The Village Green: The US FIRST Robotics organization has invited Columbia High School’s senior robotics team, Team 4102, to the World Championships in St. Louis, April 26 thru 29. Columbia’s Team 402 had been on a “waitlist” and based on two factors was invited. First, this year Team 4102 had an excellent robot and made […]
From the Village Green: “James Freedson-Jackson, a freshman at CHS, and cast member in the Columbia High School musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, missed the first weekend of performances of H2$, but with good reason. On Friday, March 10, he flew to the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin TX, for the premiere of his […]
From the Essex News Daily: “This year, the Columbia High School Cougar varsity wrestling team, coached by Hal Garwin and Joel Rosario, was composed of five freshmen, five sophomores, four juniors, and three seniors. The young squad did well in the two in-season tournaments, finishing third and fourth in the 10-team tournaments.” Click here to […]
By Deborah Gaines: Equal parts satirical and sexist, the 1961 hit How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is like a time machine bringing us back to the world of Mad Men. And what a pleasure it was to watch the talented cast of the Columbia High School production knock it out of the park — and into the […]
The Columbia High School foil fencing squads for both the boys’ and girls’ fencing teams won Silver medals at the High School State Squad Fencing Championships last week. Click here to read more, including results for the other CHS weapons squads. Freshman foil fencer Jack Woods won the Silver medal in the Individual Men’s Foil […]
On January 9th, Willie Cole, renowned sculptor and artist, visited CHS to speak to various classes in the Arts Department. Click here to read more.
The Columbia High School boys’ and girls’ fencing teams placed second in the championship matches of the 2016-2017 NJSIAA state boys’ and girls’ team tournaments held at Morris Hills HS in Rockaway on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Click here to read more.
Congratulations to the CHS students won 7 Gold Key awards in the regional 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Competition, sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers! Click here to read more from the Village Green. Award winning photo by Stephen Lehren
Cinema Ed, the non-profit that works at the intersection of storytelling, filmmaking and secondary school education, has announced the Finalist films in the Young Filmmakers Track of the 2017 SOMA Film Festival. Dozens of live action and animated films were submitted by high school students from as far away as California and England, but the 15 […]
On February 12th, under the guidance CHS physics teacher Allan Tumolillo, the CHS Robotics Team competed at the Northeast League Meets Championships at River Dell High School, and two of the school’s four teams qualified for the state championships. Click here to read more from the Village Green.
A youthful patchwork of dedication and creativity warmed the Black Box theatre this past Friday night as Columbia High School students performed music and poetry to a full crowd. Organized in under two weeks, the sold out concert raised over $1,000 for the New Jersey chapter of the ACLU. Click here to read more.
Peter Cross, 80, passed away on February 12, 2017 after a long career as a coach and educator at CHS, according to The Star Ledger. At Columbia, he founded the Pete Cross Columbia High School Athletics Hall of Fame Award and was later himself inducted. Click here to read more.
A huge shout out to our boys’ and girls’ fencing teams for making it to the State Championships on February 22nd. We wish them the best of luck! Click here to read about their journey to the top.
CHS alum Marques Bownlee has been included on the NBCBLK28 list of 28 innovators, vanguards, trendsetters and pioneers under 28 years old. According to the NBC website, “This year’s crop is redefining what it means to be young, gifted & unapologetically Black.” Click here to read more.
Very few things can match the heady mix of nervous energy and excitement that is experienced when watching the CHS Boys’ fencing team win despite various obstacles put in their way. These boys really stand apart in their strength and determination to support each other regardless of whether their teammate is winning or losing on […]
Zoë Perkul, a 9th grader at Berlin Cosmopolitan School in Germany, shadowed a 9th grader from Maplewood for one day at CHS. Click here to read her observations.
Photo of CHS Boys’ Fencing Team after winning district championships. Click here to read more.
It was another week of victories for both the Columbia High School Boys’ and Girls’ fencing teams when they competed in dual meets against Newark Academy, and Governor Livingston High Schools this week. Click here to read more.