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Haverhill

May 29, 2013

$90K donation boosts fitness center

Local businessman comes to high school's rescue again

HAVERHILL — From new exercise bikes and treadmills to free weights and other muscle-building equipment, Haverhill High School’s weight-training room will get an overhaul and become a modern fitness center.

School officials said the center, located in the Charles C. White Pool building on the high school’s renovated campus, is undergoing renovations as a result of damages caused by a leaky roof. A big part of the plan involves replacing the old exercise equipment with new equipment — and a lot more of it.

For student-athletes, those taking physical education classes and others who are expected to use the center, finding the right equipment to fit their needs should become easier than ever, students said.

“Games are won and lost in the off-season, so spending time in a new, more advanced weight room will help me and many others achieve our goals,” said Josh Dion, a Haverhill High junior.

“Our athletic programs are improving each year, and I believe this weight room will help many of us get to the next level,” said senior Jackie Solomine.

The students have local businessman Ernie DiBurro to thank for the new equipment.

The equipment is expected to cost between $70,000 and $90,000, and DiBurro has promised to pay the cost so that students have access to new and more types of exercise equipment than they currently have.

School Superintendent James Scully said DiBurro, longtime owner of the local Academy Lanes bowling complex, donated significant amounts of money to the high school in the past, including last year when he gave money for a compete overhaul of the entrance to the high school’s athletic field. The work included the installation of towering brick and concrete columns, a massive steel gate and a paved walkway. DiBurro, a member of the Haverhill High Class of 1952, helped oversee renovations to the high school that resulted in a modern campus.

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