Orekhovo-Zuyevo (Russian: Îðǻõîâî-Çó́åâî) is an industrial city in Moscow Oblast, Russia, located 85 kilometres east of Moscow in a forested area on theKlyazma River. Population: more than 122,000.
The first known facts about what is now Orekhovo-Zuyevo date back to 1209. The place was mentioned in the Moscow Chronicles as the place called "Volochok" where the battle between Valdimir's prince Yury and Ryazan's prince Izyaslav took place. The name "Volochok" (or as it was later called "Zuyev Volochok") is derived from the Slavic word for "portage": a place where wooden ships were carried by land from one river to the other. In this place in particular, the ships were usually moved by land between the Klyazma and Nerskaya Rivers. In 1797, serf peasant Savva Morozov opened his first silk factory in Zuyevo. Later he shifted from silk to wool. At the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries, Orekhovo and Zuyevo were the third largest textile production areas in Russia after Moscow and St. Petersburg. Orekhovo-Zuyevo was granted town status in 1917.
The city is the home of the oldest association football team in Russia. The first football team in Orekhovo-Zuyevo was organized by British G.G. Charnock, the vice-president of the Moscow Football League. . In the early years it was known as "Morozovtsy". In 2003 the team changed its name back to "Znamya Truda". In the 2007 football season, "Znamya Truda" played in the Central Zone of the Second Division. Orekhovo-Zuyevo is also famous for its badminton school. The city usually hosts the All-Russian badminton championships.
Living in Orekhovo-Zuyevo presents a variety of opportunities for spending leisure time: cinema and entertainment centers, museum of local lore and history, local theatre, music and art school, the school of Fine Arts, town exhibition hall, central recreation park and a number of restaurants and shopping centers. There are two athletic/football stadiums in the city: "Znamya Truda", "Torpedo”. The swimming complex "Neptun" is adjacent to the "Znamya Truda" stadium. The swimming pool has 25-meter (82 ft) lanes. A new sport complex facility "Vostok" was opened in 2007 which is now the home of different sport sections and a big swimming pool. Our city is surrounded by beautiful forests and lakes so there are places for barbecues and other open air activities. On the one hand Orekhovo-Zuyevo is rather provincial but on the other hand it is a safe and nice place to live and work. It takes about an hour and a half to go to Moscow with its busy but appealing way of life.
There are so many well-known and talented people from and in the city: Savva Morozov (Russian textile producer, businessman and philanthropist), Nikolay Biryukov (Russian writer), Mikhail Biryukov (football-player), Yakov Flier (pianist), Viktor Galochkin (Hero of the Soviet Union), Anna Pavlova (Russian gymnast and Olympic medalist), and Viktor Sukhorukov (Russian actor).
Our school is situated on the first floor of a newly-built house in a quiet and picturesque setting not far from the city center. The location is quite convenient for getting around the city. The classrooms are spacious and well-equipped. The school's staff is both friendly, professional and most welcoming.