Rupert Bell attended Columbia Heights High School and was an all-round athlete excelling in basketball, baseball and was an All-State Running Back in 1930.
After graduating from Columbia Heights High School, Bell attended Winston-Salem Teachers College, North Carolina A & T State University and Clark College.
In 1945 Bell was employed by the City of Winston-Salem's Recreation Department and 31 years later, in December 1976 he retired.
During his tenure Bell was the first black to serve as a Center Director. He was Center Director at Happy Hill, Fourteenth Street and Skyland Recreation Center. Bell was also organizer and first director of the Golden Age Senior Citizens Club.
In February 1979 the Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks Commission, in recognition of Bell's many contributions to the city's recreation program, resolved to rename the East Winston Park, the Rupert W. Bell Park. The resolution was adopted on March 7, 1979 by the Board of Aldermen. The Park is located on File St. Bell Died in December, 1977.