Franklin High School (Seattle)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is about Franklin High School in Seattle, Washington. For others of a similar name, see Franklin High School (disambiguation)
Franklin High School
Truth, Unity, Honor
3013 South Mt. Baker Boulevard
Seattle, Washington, 98144
United States
School type Public, Coeducational
Established 1912
Status Open
School district Seattle Public Schools
Principal Jennifer Wiley
Vice principal Keith Smith
Vice principal Amber Fileds
Athletic Director Cara McEvoy
Staff 107
Faculty 71
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,292 (2010-2011)
Average class size 27
Classrooms 42
Campus Urban
Campus size 2.2 acres (8,903 m²)
Color(s)           Green, Black
Fight song On, Wisconsin![1]
Athletics 18 Varsity teams
Athletics conference Sea-King: Metro 3A
Nickname Quakers
Newspaper The Tolo
Yearbook The Tolo
Budget $7,440,714
Communities served Beacon Hill, Mount Baker, Columbia City
Feeder schools Washington Middle School
Mercer Middle School
Seattle - Franklin High School 01.jpg
Franklin High School seen from Cheasty Boulevard South.

Franklin High School is an inner-city public high school in Seattle, USA, administered by Seattle Public Schools.

History and facilities[edit]

Franklin High School was Seattle's second purpose-built high school after Seattle High School. It first opened its doors in September 1912. Designed by architect Edgar Blair in a neo-Classical style, it was constructed of reinforced concrete and sited on 2.2 acres. Expansions in 1925 by School District Architect Floyd Naramore saw the site expanded to 10.6 acres, in 1942 to 12.7 acres, and in 1958 with a major addition by architect John W. Maloney that obscured the front facade of the building.[2]

In 1986 the Seattle School Board voted to tear down the building, in part due to the cost of required seismic upgrades, which resulted in major protests by students, alumni, and the public. The Seattle's Landmarks Preservation Board designated the school as an official landmark which prevented its demolition.[2][3]

As part of a major renovation by Bassetti Architects in 1988-90, the 1958 addition was demolished, the school was seismically upgraded and historically restored. New additions and renovations included a new student commons, classrooms and science labs, art studios, vocational tech labs, an auditorium and stage, and a media center. Awards for this renovation included the 2001 Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, Award of Merit; 1991 AIA Seattle, Award of Commendation; and 1991 Association of King County Historical Organization, Project Award.[4]


Franklin High School's curriculum is divided into 5 academies, the 9th Grade Academy and four Small Learning Communities) for the 10-12th Grade students: Academy of Finance (AOF), and John Stanford Public Service Academy (PSA), Humanities, and CREATE Academy. Each academy specializes in a particular study with their own mission statement and required classes.[5]

The Academy of Finance is an integrated social studies and language arts program supported by the nationally recognized and represented National Academy Foundation. Students study world history and literature from the point of view of trade and economic development. By combining accounting, social studies, and language arts, the Academy of Finance develops skills needed in the business environment. Mastery of technology, knowledge of available resources, and good communication are prioritized.

The John Stanford Public Service and Political Science Academy (PSA), founded in 2000, is a college preparatory small learning community (SLC) that offers students a rigorous 3 year academic program that meets and exceeds state standards for Language Arts and Social Studies. State standards in LA and Social Studies are overlaid with an emphasis on the role of the public sector in societies, past and present. PSA students are challenged to develop their critical thinking skills and to develop their own vision of the role that they and their government should take in confronting the opportunities and problems of their local, national, and international communities. The PSA combines Public Service and Political Science (the study of law, government and NGOs, history, political systems, etc.).

The Humanities is also a college preparatory academy. The classes consist of integrated Language Arts and Social Studies classes with special emphasis on project-based learning, the history of art and culture, and rigorous skills and content development. The Humanities program covers history through the lens of humanism starting in the Italian Renaissance and following through to modern times.

The CREATE Academy focuses on three subject: math, language arts, and woodshop. The approach is to relate these subjects to the different aspects of the building trades to prepare students for both university studies and work in the trades.

Notable alumni[edit]


Performing arts[edit]

  • Kenny G - Jazz musician, 25th-highest selling artist in America by the RIAA (as of 2003) and the 1994 recipient of a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition for "Forever in Love". He jokes that it was in Franklin that he had his first sax solo and his first kiss and it is hard to decide which was more important.[6]
  • Amy Hill - Actress
  • John Keister - Comedian, writer, commentator and motivational speaker
  • Dave Lewis - Key figure in the creation of the Northwest sound in the rock'n'roll years; popularized Louie Louie and played a key role in desegregating the Seattle music scene.
  • Keye Luke[7] - Actor known for playing Lee Chan in the Charlie Chan films, the original Kato in the 1939-1941 Green Hornet film serials, and Master Po in the television series Kung Fu
  • Mark Morris - Modern American dancer, choreographer and director, founder of the Mark Morris Dance Group; Director of Dance at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Belgium's national opera house; co-founder of the White Oak Dance Project. A Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation (1991), 2010 recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society, recipient of eleven honorary doctorates.
  • Total Experience Gospel Choir - Founded at Franklin in 1973, still active as of 2008, probably Seattle's best-known gospel group


Larry Gossett addressing a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day rally at the Franklin High School gymnasium (2006).
  • Lewis Albanese - Medal of Honor recipient during the Vietnam War.
  • Royal Brougham - Journalist, news editor, and philanthropist. As an editor for the student paper in 1920, he suggested the school's teams be named "Quakers".
  • Lynda Barry - Cartoonist and author.
  • Ron Chew - Community organizer and historian.
  • Larry Gossett - Politician. He was arrested for unlawful assembly during a March 29, 1968 sit-in at Franklin High School.[8]
  • George Herbert Hitchings - American chemist. He shared the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering important principles in drug treatment leading to new drugs to treat diseases which include leukemia, malaria, herpes virus infections, and gout.
  • Gary Locke - noteworthy Chinese American politician, 10th United States Ambassador to China since August 2011. U.S. Secretary of Commerce under President Obama, Governor of the State of Washington (1996–2003), King County's County Executive (from 1993), chairman of the Appropriations Committee in the Washington House of Representatives (from 1982).
  • Scott Oki - Former senior vice-president of sales and marketing for Microsoft, founder of the non-profit Oki Foundation.
  • Franklin Raines - Associate director for economics and government in the Office of Management and Budget and assistant director of the White House Domestic Policy Staff from 1977 to 1979, a partner at Lazard Freres and Co., former Vice Chairman and former CEO of Fannie Mae, Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget in the Clinton Administration.
  • Mark Sidran, Former Seattle City Attorney
  • Victor Steinbrueck - Architect who contributed to the design of the Space Needle and fought to preserve significant historical landmarks of Seattle, including the Pike Place Market. November 2 is Steinbrueck Day in Seattle.
  • Edwin M. Lee - Mayor of San Francisco.


  1. ^ School athletics webpage, retrieved 2012-04-09
  2. ^ a b Seattle Schools historybook
  3. ^ Seattle Landmarks
  4. ^ Bassetti Architects, Franklin High School
  5. ^ School Academies webpage, retrieved 2012-04-09
  6. ^ FHS Alumni Association, retrieved 2014-06-16
  7. ^ Flint, Peter B. (January 16, 1991). "Keye Luke, Actor, Is Dead at 86; 'No. 1 Son' and 'Kung Fu' Master". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  8. ^ Alan J. Stein, College and high school students sit-in at Seattle's Franklin High on March 29, 1968, HistoryLink, June 14, 1999. Accessed online 27 April 2008.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 47°34′34″N 122°17′34″W / 47.57611°N 122.29278°W / 47.57611; -122.29278