Fred Stanback donates nearly $700,000 for Salisbury High auditorium renovation

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Salisbury High School Principal Luke Brown announced on social media that a private donation will fund the renovation of the school auditorium. Fred Stanback, a well-known local conservationist and philanthropist is making the donation of $672,000.

According to Brown, Stanback was recently part of a group touring the school.  A few days after the tour, Rowan-Salisbury Schools Superintendent Dr. Lynn Moody called Brown to tell him that Stanback wanted to help.

"We put the cost analysis together, which came to $672,000 to do the full renovation and Fred Stanback came forward and donated the money to start this project immediately," Brown said. "This $672,000 renovation will begin in January and will include the repair of many maintenance issues including basement leakage, plumbing and plaster issues, along with new seating, new carpet, a new remote window shading system, installation of new concrete treatment, new stage curtains, stage refinishing, paint, and a new state of the art light, sound and AV system."

Brown said that the administration is already meeting with contractors and engineers to "get this job completed asap."

"I've never been anywhere where there are so many loyal stakeholders of this school.  They come forward at a time of need, they work hard in and out of the school to make us successful," Brown added.

Students, like Student Body President Clarence Brownell, were touched at the gesture.

"Oh yeah, you don't find many generous people like Mr. Stanback to do such generous things any more," Brownell said.  "That auditorium now is not in the best shape, but with the potential that it has, it can be much better than it is now."

"SHS has been very fortunate to see many renovations and additions over the past year, in addition to our very successful Red, Black and Gold Gala," Brown added.

The original building was constructed in 1925 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

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