The Orange School District, consisting of 25 square miles, a population of 14,000+ and eight political jurisdictions has unique differences relative to geography and historic community identities. However, within each of the villages and cities which make up the greater Orange District are residents who share a common desire for communication, cohesiveness and a sense of one community.
In response to those feelings and needs, the Orange Community Education & Recreation Department was founded in 1973 with the support of the Orange Board of Education and $30,000 in seed money from the communities of Hunting Valley, Moreland Hills, Orange, Pepper Pike and Woodmere. A citizen community concept committee worked with the school district and communities to develop the community education and recreation program concept for the district. The program was formally established with the passage of a .5 mill, five-year community education and recreation operating levy in June 1975.
This time period was marked by rapid program growth and increased community demand for services, classes and recreational activities. The Orange Schools Campus emerged as the district's "community center”. During this same period, the Orange Community Education & Recreation Commission was formed and an inter-agency council of community, civic and school organizations - the Federation of Orange Communities - was also formed.