Save The First Couple Of Red Bank - And Response (2)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

As a proud graduate of Red Bank High School, I commend the grass roots effort now underway to save the brick man and woman fronting the building on Dayton Boulevard. 

This couple is far more than mere bricks and mortar. Much, much more.  This couple is a symbol of both unity and community, and has been seen by thousands upon thousands of students and parents alike for several generations. 

It’s a Red Bank landmark and a true piece of its history.  This couple would make a beautiful centerpiece elsewhere in the community, be it at a school or a park. 

Red Bank High School taught their students to persevere. To make a difference.  Red Bank High School taught their students to stand up for what they believe in.  Now, it’s time for us to make the “First Couple of Red Bank” proud. 

Please – make a donation to the saving and restoration of this Red Bank landmark. Drop a donation by Red Bank City Hall.  We’ve got two weeks to raise the necessary funds to ensure this couple stays together. 

This beautiful couple has been joined together through world wars, depressions, economic prosperity and so much more. 

I mean, are we really going to let something like $8,000 destroy a couple who has been together for more than 70 years? 

Chip Chapman

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I just read the article about some folks wanting to save the brick couple on the facade of Red Bank Middle before it is destroyed. I have driven past this brick couple many, many times and contemplated the bricks jutting out to represent breasts on the female.  I know this design was originally for a high school, but then this image represented the kiddos at the middle school.  

It is just such a strange fixture to have persevered so long with no critique of any sort.

Ruthie Reed

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Great Story! The Brick Couple is iconic.  A lot of alumni have been deeply saddened knowing 'our' high school (now middle school since 1982) will soon be demolished.  If any portion of the building could be saved were put to a vote among any alumni, the Brick People would win, hands down!  They were there to greet us each and every time we stepped onto the campus. Chip Chapman did an excellent job on this story. As part of the committee of this grass roots effort, I don't think I could have said it any better. 

Kudos!

Sharmon Hardin



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