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The beginning of the Annual Football Games between Barringer High School in Newark, and East Orange High School.

The annual game between East Orange High School and Barringer High School of Newark has become, like thousands of rivalries around the country, a Thanksgiving Day ritual.

The East Orange-Barringer series began in 1897 and was the longest unbroken holiday rivalry in the country until 1986, when the teams were forced to play each other in September because of conference scheduling commitments.

After a two-year absence, the schools were able to restore the game to Thanksgiving Day in 1988. That game, which was won by East Orange, 38-12, was the 92d meeting between the teams, with East Orange holding a 47-36-9 advantage in the series at that time.

In 2008, Newark Public Schools retained EI Associates to design the replacement of the landmark Newark Schools Stadium. Deteriorated beyond repair, the aged and historic concrete structure had been the venue for countless high school and community sporting events for the City of Newark since 1925 including the 1928 National Women's Olympic track and field trails. The site was also the venue of a track event involving Olympian Jesse Owens.

 

The recently completed (2011) Newark Schools Stadium is reborn as a tribute to its proud and historic past. The design of the new facade pays homage to the original iconic arched columns. A new clock tower/ticket window symbolizes Newark's past while embracing the future. New, multi-purpose synthetic turf fields and stadium lighting accommodate a variety of track and field events as well as football, soccer and softball. Seating for 5,600 spectators is provided along with amenities such as concession areas, team locker and shower rooms and public toilet facilities.


Google View from 2014


Ashland School, also locally known as Park Avenue School

 

In the above photo taken on June 15, 1907, members of the East Orange City Council are shown squaring off against the Orange Town Council in a baseball game on Ashland Field. Thirteen years later, East Orange sold $100,000 in bonds and built Ashland Stadium on the site on Park Avenue.

When played in East Orange, the fall football games were held in Ashland Stadium, behind Ashland Elementary School on Park Avenue.

In 1952, the stadium was renamed Martens Stadium, after the recently retired Mayor Charles Martens (East Orange Mayor from 1918 - 1952).

In 1993-1994*, it was rebuilt and renamed Paul Robeson Stadium, after the New Jersey born athlete and All American football player, who was more famous as an actor, a world famous bass singer, and political activist. He is shown below in a photo taken in 1942.

*Information provided by Dwayne Williams (EOHS Class of 1995) who remembered the dates and helped us to verify them. Thanks, Dwayne!

East Orange High School Cheerleaders shown in the brand new stadium in 1995, from the Syllabus Yearbook.

Paul Robeson (1898 -1976)


Google View from 2014

The East Orange Unified Marching Band began to keep photographic records of the Thanksgiving Day games in 2009. Links to their coverage on the Band Parent Web site are below.

Game # 98 - Thanksgiving Day (11/26/09) At Paul Robeson Stadium

Game # 99 - Homecoming Game- 11/25/10 At Paul Robeson Stadium

Game # 100 -Thanksgiving Day (11/24/11) At Newark Schools Stadium

Game # 101 - Thanksgiving Day (11/22/12) At Newark Schools Stadium

Game # 102 - Thanksgiving Day (11/28/13) At Paul Robeson Stadium

Game # 103 - Thanksgiving Day (11/27/14) At Newark Schools Stadium

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