Above: photos from East Orange High School yearbook courtesy of Cary Keogh
*since renamed the Dionne Warwick Institute of Economics and Entrepreneurship.
** My great, great grandmother Mary Ann Reilly Smith, great grandfather Charles Henry Smith, and grandfather William Henry Smith are buried at Holy Sepulchre along with other assorted Irish-Catholic relatives. They all lived in the Chambers Street neighborhood of the "Down Neck" section of Newark.
Biographical info and quote are from Dionne Warwick's autobiography, My Life As I See It, and from NJ Monthly, November 15, 2010.
This portion of a circa 1955 East Orange map has Sterling Street in the lower left corner and shows how close The Oval was to Dionne Warwick's home. Living on the other side of Main Street (or perhaps the other side of the wall created by the elevated Lackawanna) put her in the Lincoln attendance area. Sterling Street no longer exists, apparently a victim of I-280 and/or urban renewal. The map shows the route of a tour of schools and other public facilities, Stockton being #26 on the tour, but the black dot under "Stockton School" is incorrectly placed. The map gives East Orange's estimated population as 82,000. Census figures show 79,340 in 1950 and 77,259 in 1960, the actual peak being in the mid-1950's. It has since declined to 64,270 in 2010 about what it was in the late 1920's.