As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,913 students and 146.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.1:1.There were 359 students (18.8% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 114 (6.0% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.By 1828, townships had the power to tax for general school purposes.

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The general character of the citizenry underwent a significant change and residents known as "commuters" began to emerge in numbers.

In 1867, a state law required that Columbia become a graded school.

Early in the 1900s the value of athletics was recognized and encouraged at Columbia by the organization of boys' and girls' teams.

The student council was formed in 1912, and The Columbian student newspaper followed in 1915. Complaints arose over so-called "fads and frills"-inessentials said to be leading to the neglect of reading, writing, spelling and arithmetic.

All were subject to the same rules, among them the following adopted by the Trustees on May 2, 1827: "Every scholar must be made to name every silent letter in his spelling when he spells a word with one in and mention every figure which is placed over a letter and be taught to know their uses and for every mistake or omission in such letter or figure shall be considered the same as spelling a word wrong and subject to the same usage.

"Every scholar that spells a word wrong or omits a silent letter or figure shall step in the rear of the class and there stand until the class shall have spelled through, then those that have spelled right are to move up in a solid body and those who are in the rear to move down and take their places at the foot." For decades, the school was supported by tuition payments.

The last tuition assessment for residents occurred in 1861, and thereafter the Columbia School was entirely supported by public taxation.

After the Civil War, improvements on the railroad contributed to a decided growth of population in the old Township of South Orange.

Columbia High School is a four-year comprehensive regional public high school in Maplewood, New Jersey, which serves students in ninth through twelfth grades, as the lone secondary school of the South Orange-Maplewood School District, which includes Maplewood and South Orange, neighboring communities in Essex County, New Jersey, United States.