History of RBRHS
The Red Bank Regional High School District was formed on November 25, 1969, by the voters in Little Silver, Red Bank, and Shrewsbury. They also approved the purchase of 53.4 acres of land in Little Silver on which to build the new high school. On December 16, 1971, voters of the district approved the plans for a new high school to be built at a cost of $9,478,000. Groundbreaking was during the fall of 1972. The first students attended the new facilities during the 1975-76 school year.
From November 25, 1969, to occupancy of the new high school, the Red Bank Regional 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 the Red Bank Board of Education known as a sending-receiving district agreement. The arrangement was discontinued with the formation of the Red Bank Regional High School District in 1969.
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 New Jersey 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.
In 2000-2001, the Academies of Information Technology and Finance were created and were quickly established as premier specialized programs alongside the acclaimed Academy of Visual and Performing Arts and Early Childhood Education Academy. In 2007, the Freshman Academy was developed, adding an organized 9th grade transition program. Since 2008, Red Bank Regional has thrice been named as one of Newsweek Magazine’s “America’s Top High Schools.”
In Spring 2009, RBRHS was approved by the International Baccalaureate North American Division as an IB school and offers the prestigious IB diploma. That same year, Red Bank Regional High School was named a NJ Model School for the Arts by the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership and, in 2011, named a High Performing District by the New Jersey Department of Education.
More recently, the Washington Post recognized RBR as one of the most challenging schools in the United States and Niche.com identified Red Bank Regional as one of the best high schools in New Jersey. In Fall 2018, NJ Monthly Magazine ranked RBR number 39 out of 350 public high schools ranked in the state and 2nd in Monmouth County. On December 11th, the three sending districts of RBR overwhelmingly approved a bond referendum to upgrade the facility, build future-ready learning spaces, and ensure RBR remains one of the finest high schools in the state.