Franklin County High School (Kentucky)

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Franklin County High School
1100 East Main Street (US 60)
Frankfort, KY 40601
United States
Coordinates 38°12′39″N 84°49′37″W / 38.21087°N 84.82690°W / 38.21087; -84.82690Coordinates: 38°12′39″N 84°49′37″W / 38.21087°N 84.82690°W / 38.21087; -84.82690
Type Public
Established 1958
School district Franklin County Public Schools
Principal Stirling "Buddy" Sampson, Jr.
Faculty 83[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 913[2] (2013–14)
Campus Small city
Color(s) Navy Blue, White, Gold
Mascot Flyer
Nickname Flyers
Information +1 (502) 695-6750

Franklin County High School is the largest of three public high schools in Frankfort, Kentucky and is one of two high schools operated by Franklin County Public Schools.[3] The campus also houses the Franklin County Career & Technical Center, which offers vocational training. The principal of the school is Stirling "Buddy" Sampson.


Franklin County High was opened in the fall of 1958 and dedicated on November 30 of that year. It consolidated Elkhorn, Bridgeport, Bald Knob, Thornhill, and Peaks Mill High Schools.[citation needed] Franklin County is named for Benjamin Franklin, and the high school's mascot, the Flyer, was chosen in honor of Franklin's kite experiment. The mascot itself is a bird named "Freddie Falcon".[citation needed]

In 1981, the Franklin County district was split into two high school attendance zones with the opening of Western Hills High School, with Franklin County High now serving primarily the eastern half of the county, including eastern portions of the city of Frankfort. The central part of the city is served by a separate district, Frankfort Independent Schools, which operates the other public high school in the county, Frankfort High School.

in 1990, science classrooms and some math classrooms were enlarged, two computer labs were added, and the library was expanded. A more extensive renovation project began in the summer of 1997 and continued uninterrupted through the summer of 2001. The facade was updated, the original band room and administrative offices were torn down, and the original bus circle was removed. New music classrooms, practice rooms, business classrooms, and offices were constructed. Also added were a new center hallway on both the first and second floors; the second floor hallway connects the original front wing with the back foyer. The cafeteria, auditorium, and gymnasium also were updated, and the library and the remaining original classrooms were enlarged.[4]

In late 2015 Franklin County High School was featured in a national OxiClean commercial. The first of the two 30-second commercials is called "Pride", and it features the team's members and equipment manager sharing their enthusiasm for OxiClean and how clean the team's uniforms look.[5]


FCHS offers three diploma choices for students: Enrichment and Academic The Enrichment Diploma requires 15.5 core units and 11.5 elective units. The Academic option requires 18.5 core units and 10.5 elective units. Students are graded on a 4-point GPA scale.[6]


There is an Air Force Junior ROTC Wing at the school. KY-20021 supports the school by providing Color Guards for home football and basketball games. The Color Guard has presented flags flown over the capital for former congressman Ben Chandler at Hearn Elementary, and also participated in the 2007 Inauguration Parade for the former Governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear and the 2015 Inauguration Parade for current Governor Matt Bevin

The rifle exhibition team, started in 2005, has performed for the school, a Kentucky State University football game at halftime, and various elementary schools in the area. A Kitty Hawk Air Society chapter, named the William H. Cornish Chapter, is also in place.

Along with color guard, drill, and rifle exhibition, the unit also has a Raiders team.

AFJROTC Unit KY-20021 has attended multiple summer leadership schools, and the cadets have won numerous awards.


The school is a member of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA). FCHS offers its students the opportunity to participate in multiple sports:

The school's gymnasium, tennis court, football stadium/track, baseball, softball and soccer fields are located behind the school. A training facility with locker rooms and a weight room is found beside the football stadium.

The Flyers' main rivals are the Western Hills Wolverines and the Frankfort Panthers.

Team records[edit]

Team Year Achievement
Chess Club 2007 Most Checkmates
Dance Team 2004 National Champions
Softball 1995–2006 11th Most Wins (200)[7]
Baseball 2001 State Final Four[8]
Girls' Basketball 1998 5th Most Rebounds in a Season (1,355)[9]
Girls' Golf 1996 State Champions[10]
Boys' Basketball 1995 Sweet Sixteen Appearance
Girls' Golf 1995 State Champions[10]
Boys' Golf 1991 State Champions[11]
Boys' Golf 1990 State Champions[11]
Boys' Cross Country 1986 AA State Champions[12]
Girls' Cross Country 1986 AA State Runners Up[13]
Girls' Cross Country 1983 AA State Runners Up[13]
Girls' Basketball 1980-2016-2017 State Runners Up[14][15]
Football 1979 Undefeated Regular Season
Football 1978 AAAA State At Large Runners Up
Girls' Cross Country 1977 AA State Runners Up[13]
Girls' Cross Country 1975 AA State Champions[16]
Girls' Track and Field 1972 AA State Champions[17]
Girls' Track and Field 1972 AA State Champions[17]
Girls' Track and Field 1971 AA State Champions[17]