Clifford Scott High School

Clifford Scott High School

Clifford J. Scott High School was a comprehensive community public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades in the city of East Orange, in Essex County, New Jersey, United States, operated as part of the East Orange School District.


The school was named for Dr. Clifford John Scott, who was appointed in 1921 as the district's superintendent until his death in 1936. Scott initiated a program of junior high schools in the district and a combined junior / senior high school was named for him when it was established in 1937.

East Orange Campus High School was opened in 2002, resulting from the merging of the former Clifford Scott High School and East Orange High School, located in the largest building of the refurbished campus of Upsala College and has been expanded to accommodate increased demand for enrollment. As a result of the merger, students now have access to new and much improved educational facilities. The former Clifford Scott High School facility was home to East Orange Campus Nine High School, the home for all ninth grade high school students in East Orange. Announced in November 2010, East Orange Campus Nine was updated to become East Orange STEM Academy, which is a magnet school for grades 6-12.


The baseball team won the North II Group II state sectional championships in 1959, 1966 and 1967, and won the Group II state championship in 1973, defeating Audubon High School in the final game of the tournament.

The girls' basketball team won state championships in all four finals appearances, winning the Group II state championship in 1982 vs. St. Rose High School and 1983 vs. Somerville High School, and won the Group III titles in 1984 with a win against North Hunterdon High School in the tournament final and again in 1991 against Egg Harbor Township High School. The boys' basketball team won titles in five of their seven appearances, winning the Group I title in 1975 against Glassboro High School and earning the Group III championships in 1958 vs. Highland Park High School, in both 1981 and 1982 vs. Salem High School and in 1991 vs. Woodrow Wilson High School.Also the boys track team won the 1979-80 Indoors and out Doors track and field state title under the leadership of Mr. Best and Mr.Mcgriff.

Notable alumni

  • Marques Bragg (born 1970), retired professional basketball player who played in the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1995-96 season.
  • Mike Brown (born 1963), former basketball player who played for 11 seasons in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls, Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia 76ers and the Phoenix Suns.
  • Gary Garland (born 1957), former professional basketball player who played for the Denver Nuggets in the National Basketball Association in the 1979–80 season.
  • Fred Hill Sr. (born 1934), former head baseball coach at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where he served from 1984 through 2013.

Notable faculty

  • Brian Hill (born 1947), basketball coach who began his coaching career with two years as head coach at Clifford Scott High School starting in 1970.


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