Established in 1997 with 27 students in Lawrence, Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva High School for Boys in Woodmere has outgrown its existing Ibsen Street building and will begin construction on an addition this summer.
After a nearly two-day period where the school’s dining area was transformed into a live call center, where for 36 hours students, teachers and administrators called DRS alumni, parents, families and friends. Decked out in DRS white and green, there was music and the call center became a live broadcast with games, guests, nostalgia and memories.
School officials said that 1,300 DRS alumni, parents, families and friends contributed to the campaign that reached its stated goal of $4 million. “Perhaps just as important as the funds raised, was the incredible DRS spirit displayed by students and alumni who all pitched in to help in the campaign efforts,” said Rabbi Natan Farber, the school’s student life director.
The addition is planned to increase the number of classrooms and offices, include a conference room, a state-of-the-art STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) laboratory, and an outdoor basketball court. It is anticipated that the renovation will be completed for the start of the 200-2021 school year.
“At this point, we have classrooms running in our basement, not an ideal situation,” Farber said.
He noted that DRS will enroll nearly 380 students next school year. Named for J. Morton Davis, of Lawrence, a respected Wall Street investor, and his sons-in-law Renov and Stahler. DRS is known for its Torah education, a challenging general studies program, a broad array of extracurricular activities, and an environment that “promotes refined character traits,” Farber said. More than 1,1800 young men have graduated in its 22 years.
The Wildcats, as DRS sports teams are known, are very competitive in the Metropolitan Yeshiva High School Athletic League in floor hockey and hoops. “We are excited to continue educating the leaders of tomorrow in spaces that are fit for optimal education,” Farber said.