History of RBRHS
History of RBR
The Red Bank Regional High School District was formed on November 25, 1969 by voters in Little Silver, Red Bank, and Shrewsbury. At this time also, these voters approved purchase of 53.4 acres of land in Little Silver on which to build a new high school. On December 16, 1971, voters of the district approved the plans for a new high school to be built at the cost of $9,478,000. Groundbreaking was during fall of 1973. The first students attended the new facilities during the 1975-76 school year.
From November 25, 1969 to occupancy of the new school, the Red Bank Regional High School District paid rent to the Red Bank Public Schools District for students from Little Silver, Red Bank, and Shrewsbury to go to high school in buildings owned by the local Red Bank school district. Prior to November 25, 1969, high school students from Little Silver, Shrewsbury, and Holmdel attended Red Bank High School, along with Red Bank students, in a special arrangement with Red Bank Board of Education known as a "sending-receiving-district" agreement. This arrangement was discontinued with the formation of the Red Bank Regional High School District in 1969.
The history of the Red Bank High School building goes back to 1901 when the oldest part of the Branch Avenue building was erected. The building contained sixteen classrooms and cost $60,000. it was torn town in 1976. in 1917 a three-story building of classrooms was built on Harding Road; in 1924 a gymnasium was built and a tunnel constructed to connect the Branch Avenue building and the Harding Road building; in 1954 an addition including a new gymnasium was built, and in 1960 a million dollar laboratory wing including a new cafeteria was built. Lack of space in the decade following the last addition caused the Board of Education to rent four portable classrooms, which were constructed on the Branch Avenue lawn. Various classes and shops had to be held in the neighboring houses during the late 1960s and 1970s.
Public schools in Red Bank date back to 1816 when the first school was officially in session. A school on Mechanic Street was the first graded school in Monmouth County. Boards of Education here have built on this history, and have remained dedicated to the ideal of providing a comprehensive education for the students in their charge. In testimony to this, Red Bank Regional High School is recognized today as one of the finest comprehensive high schools in New Jersey.
On February 27, 1984 the New Jersey General Assembly recognized the school as one of the seven across the state commended for their solid academic curricula and applauded the ingenuity of the staff to make the pursuit of excellence a reality for their students.
On June 27, 1994 the N.J. Commissioner of Education congratulated the school for being recognized in the school match, "What Parents Want" program which ranked the district in the top 9 percent of the nation's 15,625 public school districts.