Classof_-_CopyThe Red Bank Regional High School Athletic Director Del Dal Pra receives a generous donation from members of the Red Bank High School Class of 1960, toward the completion of a new 3,000 square foot fitness center. The RBR Buc Backer Foundation recently granted $50,000 to finance half the cost of the much-needed new facility, and the Red Bank Regional School District is welcoming community donations of funds and necessary fitness equipment.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

For decades, the weight room adjacent to the legendary field house/ gymnasium at Red Bank Regional High School was akin to a poor stepchild; antiquated, undersized and poorly furnished.  That will soon change as the Board of Education, through their capital improvement account, was able to fund the construction of a nearly 3,000 square foot fitness center; accessed directly behind the field house structure that has hosted many athletic events (including indoor track meets) through the years.

Construction on the fitness center began this spring and will continue throughout the summer, with an anticipated opening in the fall of 2015. The center will be utilized by the entire school through gym classes that every student must take, as well as for training of RBR’s athletes — and while the construction of the fitness center for $928,000 was funded by the Red Bank Regional School District, the Board of Education hopes to furnish the space with donations from the community.

RBRPictured is the construction site of Red Bank Regional’s future 3,000 square foot fitness center, accessed directly behind the field house. 

“The goal and outcome is to create a healthy environment for the entire student body to realize the importance of healthy lifestyle and to establish a fitness routine as a teen that will follow them into adulthood,” explained RBR Athletic RBR Athletic Director Del Dal Pra.

“For us to be able to have aerobic and anaerobic workouts for our athletes and physical education classes we need about $100,000 for all the stations, which includes weighs, life cycles, ellipticals and other equipment of that nature.”

Recently, half that need was satisfied by a very generous grant from the RBR Buc Backer Foundation for $50,000.  Now RBR looks to its greater community for donations to be able to finance the remaining $50,000.  Dal Pra was delighted to receive members of the Red Bank High School Class of 1960, who contributed $2,500 raised through their 50 year reunion celebration.

Anyone wishing to contribute toward furnishing the RBR fitness center can send a donation to the Buccaneer Athletic Foundation at P.O. Box  8125, Red Bank, NJ 07701. Additional information can be obtained from Del Dal Pra at (732)842-8007 or ldalpra@rbrhs.org.