The ground work for the New Brunswick High School Athletic Hall of Fame had its beginnings in 1987 when Bill Grischuk began contacting former Pre-World War II NBHS basketball players for their 1988 reunion dinner. Gathering began at Todd’s Restaurant (the former site of the Spinning Wheel Restaurant) and about 60 former players attended the Reunion dinner at the Elks in New Brunswick.
In 1990 the first Sports Reunion Dinner for New Brunswick High School athletes, cheerleaders, fans and graduates thru 1980 was held at the American Legion Hall in Milltown, NJ. It was during these dinners that the idea for a NBHS Athletic Hall of Fame was presented by John Ragone, former Coach & Director of Athletics of the high school. John obtained information from several high schools that had an Athletic Hall of Fame program, in order to find a model to follow. Al Cooper, Bud Goodwin, Patricia Daly, Joseph G. Marino, former athletes and coaches assisted John in developing the plan for the NBHS Athletic Hall of Fame. The plan was presented and received support at the 6th Annual Sports Reunion Dinner for NBHS Athletes in Milltown, NJ in 1995.
In 1996, the first NBHS Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held during the 7th Annual Sports Reunion dinner at the American Legion Hall in Milltown, NJ. The first class of “legends” consisting of 10 athletes and 2 honorees were honored posthumously.
In 1999, it was established that the first Saturday in May the NBHS Athletic Hall of Fame Committee would host their Induction dinners at the Hyatt Regency – New Brunswick, in order to accommodate the number of guests wishing to attend. In 2014 we were proud to present the Class of 2014 inductees of eight male athletes, two female athletes and two honorees.
In 2007, the NBHS Hall of Fame committee began a scholarship program to honor two beloved coaches, John Ragone and Joseph G. Marino. Each year, scholarships are awarded to a senior male and female scholar athlete who will continue their education at an institution of higher learning
The following criteria are necessary to apply: An Athlete Nominee: A graduate of NBHS and out of High School for five years or more: Earned at least one letter in a NBHS varsity sport and be recognized as a positive role model. An Honorary Nominee: Present or past Coach, Athletic Director, Trainer, Manager, Administrator, Board of Education member, personnel or anyone who contributed to the Athletic Program of New Brunswick High School.