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Also known as Science Park and the old Third Ward, the Central Ward has roughly 55,000 residents and is predominantly African-American. The Central Ward is represented by Council Member Charles A. Bell.

Once Newark’s central business district, the Central Ward at one point held all of Newark’s major department stores, among them Hayne & Co., Bamberger's (Macy's), S. Klein, Orbach's, Two Guys, and 3 B's. It also is home to many historical sites, including the Krueger Mansion, the Metropolitan Baptist Church, the Abyssinian Baptist Church, and Eberhardt Hall, now a part of the NJIT campus.

In 1967, the Central Ward was the focal point of the social unrest of the period. Riots during this time resulted in considerable destruction on Bergen Street between Clinton and Springfield Avenues.
But soon after, in 1969, the New Community Corporation was developed in conjunction with the Queen of Angels Church. Today it features one of the city’s largest day care centers, a senior housing facility, and a community housing facility.

In 1970, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) was developed on a 60-acre tract; today it has grown to become the largest health sciences university in the nation.

Anchored by UMDNJ and home to three other universities – Rutgers, Essex County College, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology – the Third Ward forms the present-day heart of Newark. It has 26 public schools, two police precincts, four firehouses, and one branch library.

Newark Public Library

Hayes Street
50 Hayes Street

Central Ward Public Schools

There are 26 schools in the Central Ward listed below.

School Address Phone  
Adult Learning Center
32 Warren Street
(973) 733-7028  
Arts High School
550 Martin Luther King
(973) 733-7391  
Barringer High School
90 Parker Street
(973) 268-5125  
Berliner Samuel
70 Montgomery
(973) 733-6641  
Camden Middle School
321 Bergen Street
(973) 733-8350  
Camden Street School
299 Camden Street
(973) 733-6994  
Central High School
100 Summit Street
(973) 733-6897  
Cleveland School
388 Bergen Street
(973) 733-6944  
Education Center
for Youth
301 West Kinney
(973) 733-7018  
Eighteenth Avenue

241 18th Avenue
(973) 733-6824  
Fifteenth Avenue

557 15th Avenue
(973) 733-6924  
Alma E. Flagg
150 3rd Street
(973) 268-5190  
Fourteenth Avenue

186 14th Avenue
(973) 733-6940  
Franklin School
42 Park Avenue
(973) 268-5250  
McKinley School
1 Colonnade Place
(973) 268-5270  
Academy of Vocational Careers
74 Montgomery
Morton Street School
75 Morton Street
(973) 733-6938  
Newton Street School
150 Newton Street
(973) 733-6848  
Quitman Street School
21 Quitman Street
(973) 733-6947  
Malcolm X Shabazz
80 Johnson Avenue
(973) 733-6760  
South 17th Street School
619 So. 17th Street
(973) 374-2570  
Louise A. Spencer
66 Muhammad Ali
(973) 733-6931  
Sussex Avenue School
307 Sussex Avenue
(973) 268-5200  
Sussex Avenue Annex
310 Sussex Avenue
(973) 268-5209  
Harriet Tubman
504 So. 10th Street
(973) 733-6934  
Harold Wilson School
190 Muhammad Ali
(973) 733-6446