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Norfolk, Virginia is one of the oldest cities in Hampton Roads, and is considered to be the historic, urban, financial and cultural center of the region. Highland Park is a neighborhood located within the city of Norfolk.
Highland Park is bordered on the north by Larchmont-Edgewater, another Norfolk residential neighborhood; the border runs from the corner of Hampton Boulevard and 49th Street to where Colley Avenue crosses 52nd Street and the Lafayette River. Hampton Boulevard and Colley Avenue run parallel to each other, allowing those traveling from Highland Park direct routes to Ghent and Naval Station Norfolk.
The eastern border is created by the Lafayette River, which separates the area from Colonial Place. The western boundary of Highland Park is Old Dominion University.
The neighborhood’s close proximity to Old Dominion University means that many students rent homes in Highland Park; a shuttle bus runs directly to and from campus.
Old Dominion University is an accredited state university, and the recipient of 25 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Awards, the highest honor for teaching in the state. It was established in 1930, the first year of the Great Depression and named Old Dominion College after one of Virginia’s state nicknames, “The Old Dominion,” given to the state by King Charles II of England for remaining loyal to the crown during the English Civil War. The school benefited from federal funding as part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal.
The college grew southward along Hampton Boulevard, where undeveloped land became a sprawling college campus. Considerable growth in enrollment, expansion of research facilities and the addition of graduate programs led the Board to approve the name change to Old Dominion University in 1969. Since then, the university has continued to grow and now has an enrollment of over 24,000 students.
Since 2009, when Old Dominion welcomed its first football games, Highland Park has begun to host gatherings such as tailgate parties and pep rallies in homes throughout the neighborhood. Luckily, Old Dominion University’s police officers share jurisdiction with the Norfolk Police in patrolling the area and responding to calls within a one mile radius of the university, which falls within neighborhood borders.