Franklin Central High School
|Franklin Central High School|
|6215 South Franklin Road
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46259
|School type||Public, high school|
|School district||Franklin Township Community School Corporation|
|Principal||Mr. Kevin Koers|
|Color(s)||Blue and White|
|Feeder schools||Franklin Township Middle School West,
Franklin Township Middle School East
|Rival schools||Roncalli High School|
|Athletic conferences||Conference Indiana|
|Website||Franklin Central website|
Franklin Central High School (FCHS) is a four-year public high school in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. As of 2010, the high school's enrollment is 2,568 students in grades 9 through 12. It is the only high school under the responsibility of the Franklin Township Community School Corporation. Franklin Central was established in 1960, succeeding Franklin Township High School. Classes were taught in what is now Franklin Township Middle School West. The current school building was constructed during 1975 and 1976. Classes at the current building began in September 1976. The school underwent construction and renovation in 1990 and 2003. The school can accommodate approximately 2400 students with 408,000 square feet (37,900 m2) of floor space. The Freshmen Academy, an addition to the main building, opened in the fall of 2009.
Franklin Central's school colors are blue and white and their athletic nickname is the Flashes. The de facto school mascot is named Captain Flash.
In the 2010-11 school year, Franklin Central High School had 2,581 students enrolled. Enrollment consisted of 701 Freshman, 689 Sophomores, 620 Juniors and 571 Seniors. Enrollment by ethnicity consisted of 2,095 (81.2%) White students, 175 (4.8%) African American students, 125 (4.8%) Hispanic students, 102 (4.0%) Multiracial students, 76 (2.9%) Asian students, and 6 (0.2%) American Indian students.
Franklin Central has full accreditation. The school has a traditional schedule with seven periods per day every week day with 18-week semesters. For eligibility and class ranking Franklin Central uses a 4.0 grade point average scale. Franklin Central has a wide curriculum. Courses are provided in Business, Family and Consumer Sciences, Foreign Language, Industrial and Technical Arts, Language Arts, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, Visual Art, and as internships and vocational programs. The school offers French, German, and Spanish as foreign languages. See the school curriculum here. Franklin Central competes annually in the Westfield Insurance Brain Game competition, hosted by WTHR Channel 13. During the 2006/2007 season the team made it to the final four, and in the 2007/2008 season came in second in the championship game. For highlights of the 2007/2008 season, click here .
- Students eat lunch during 5th period. Lunch Block A eats at 11:54-12:24. Lunch Block B eats at 12:47-1:17
Franklin Central participates in sports under Indiana High School Athletic Association regulations and in IHSAA state rankings and tournaments. Franklin Central is a member of the Conference Indiana which is known as one of the most competitive conferences in Indiana.
Most recently the Boys' Varsity Basketball Team was named the 2007 Marion County Champions. Also, the Cross Country Team was named the 2006 IHSAA State Runner-Up with Adam Green placing 4th in state and Jordan Mitchell placing 25th. Boys Swimming team has been Sectional Champions for the past 4 consecutive years.
Franklin Central has sent a wrestler to the state tournament for 25 years straight. Recent wrestling stars include 3 time State Champion Jake O'Brien, State Runner-Up John Wolf, State Runner-up and two time placer Nate Newport. Also including Dj Rackley going to state from 2005-2008.
Franklin Central has had several state championship representatives in Track and Field including, Chris Norris - 300m Hurdles, Rory Norris - 2 Time 110m High Hurdles and 1 Time 300m Hurdle Champion, Eric Fisher 1600m State Champion, Donald Washington - 2 Time Long Jump Champion and 1 Time State Runner-up. Chris Norris was also a United States Track and Field Team member winning 4 championship metals in Europe (100m, 200m, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay, 2nd place 110m High Hurdles, 2nd 400m Hurdles, and 4th place in the Javelin). Rory Norris was a 2 Time NCAA Champion in the 110m High Hurdles and a 2 Time Olympic Qualifier in the 110m High Hurdles.
Franklin Central High School is home to 12 boys' sports including Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, and Wrestling. Franklin Central also features 12 girls' sports including Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Golf, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, and Volleyball.
Franklin Central's stadium, the Franklin Township Athletic Center, is a 13,120-square-foot (1,219 m2) multipurpose facility that is used for football and track and field. The stadium is six stories tall and has seating for 3,500 on the home side. The facility was built in 2004 at a one-time cost of $4.3 million.
Franklin Central has a rivalry with Roncalli High School.
- Football: 1980-81 (2A), 1981-82 (2A), 1982-83 (2A), 1990-91 (4A)
- Boys Cross Country: 1998-99
- Boys Baseball: 1991-92
- Boys Wrestling: 1966-67 and 1967–68
- Boys Cross Country: 1999-00 and 2006–07
- Football: 1986-87 (4A), 1988-89 (4A), 1989-90 (4A)
- Girls Softball: 2007-08 (4A), 2012-2013 (4A)
- Flashback is the school's yearbook, which is complied by a yearbook staff during the school year and is distributed the following year.
- WRFT "Flash FM" the high school radio station, was recognized as the best high school radio station by the Indiana Association of Student Broadcasters in 2004, 2007, and 2010. The radio station operates 24 hours a day. The radio station frequency is 91.5 FM.
- The Pilot Flashes, founded in 1917, is the school's monthly student newspaper, The paper reports on news and sports, but also has feature and opinion articles on relevant issues. All students of Franklin Central receive a subscription to the newspaper. The Pilot Flashes has won numerous awards for articles and page design at High School Journalism Day (J-Day), hosted by Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
|2007||Cathleen Nine||Feature Story||Honorable Mention|
|2007||Cathleen Nine||Information Graphic||Honorable Mention|
|2007||Kayla DuBois||Sports Story||Excellent|
|2007||Allison Mankus, Amanda Johnson||Column Writing||Honorable Mention|
|2009||Johnny Ford, Hannah Arnold||Feature Design||Honorable Mention|
|2010||Meredith Waters||Column / Commentary||Excellent|
Franklin Central has a strong choral department boasting 3 state championships.
2009 - Women's Show Choir 2010 - Women's Concert Choir 2012 - Mixed Concert Choir
The department presents 5 concerts a year (Fall Concert, Sounds of the Season, Pops Night, Escapade and Spring Concert). These popular events have played to several sold-out audiences.
Current directors are Brad Gardner and Andrew Knaup accompanied by David Duncan.
High Voltage and FC Singers
High Voltage is an all-girls advanced show choir. FC Singers is a mixed advanced show choir.
Accents and Varsity
Accents is was an advanced choir of all girls but just recently they became an all-girls smaller show choir. Varsity is an all-girls intermediate choir.
Harmonia and Concordia
Harmonia and Concordia are the choirs that formed form beginning women's choir for freshmen, but because that choir got too big they split them up and renamed them Harmonia and Concordia.
Vocal Majority and Beginning Men
Vocal Majority is an all-men's intermediate choir. Beginning Men is an all-men's choir for freshmen.
Chamber is the most advanced choir at Franklin Central. It is made of 12 girls and 12 guys. they do most of their performances a cappella.
Sung to the tune of On, Wisconsin!
Onward Franklin, Onward Franklin,
Fight right down that floor,
Onward Franklin, Onward Franklin
Let's pile up that score.
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Fight'em, boys, for our victory,
Fight'em for our fame,
Fight boys, fight, fight,
And we will win this game.
Hail to thee, dear Franklin Central,
School we love so well.
Loyal we thy sons and daughters
Now thy glories tell.
In each heart, dear Alma Mater,
Ever shalt thou dwell.
Hand and voice we join to serve thee
And thy glories tell.
Super Bowl performance
During the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show in Indianapolis, the Franklin Central drum line and three other local high schools performed with Madonna. Band members were required to sign contracts promising they would not speak of the performance until after the halftime show. 
- Mike Aulby, former professional bowler
- Roger Burkman, former professional NBA player for the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee
- Jon Elrod, former Indiana State Representative
- JaJuan Johnson, Canton Charge power forward in the NBA D-League
- Jake "Irish" O'Brien, UFC mixed martial arts fighter
- Donald Washington, former professional NFL player for the Kansas City Chiefs and NFL free agent
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- "All-Time Team Sectional Champions". Boys Swimming & Diving. IHSAA. Retrieved 2008-08-24.
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