Franklin County High School (Rocky Mount, Virginia)

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Franklin County High School
700 Tanyard Rd.
Rocky Mount, VA 24151
Type Public high school
Motto Vires per scientiam (Strength through knowledge)
Established 1950
School district Franklin County Public Schools
Principal Jon D. Crutchfield
Faculty 160 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment approx. 2500
Student to teacher ratio 14.3[1]
Color(s) Red & White
Athletics conference Eastern
Team name Eagles
Rival Patrick Henry
Salem High School
Information 201-262-4447

Franklin County High School is located in Rocky Mount, Virginia. Approximately 2300 students attend Franklin County High School, which was founded in 1950.[2] Since its founding, Franklin County High School, commonly known as FCHS, has grown to the largest school in the state west of Richmond.

As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,202 students and 160 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 13.8.[1]


The school covers twenty five acres and participates in 21 Varsity level sports. The current principal of FCHS, Mr. Jon Crutchfield, succeeded Mrs. Debora Decker in July 2016. The associate principal is Dr. Kevin Bezy.

The campus of Franklin County High School contains eight classroom buildings, three gymnasiums, two cafeterias and an alternative education building. It also includes a 400 m track, and a 6,000-seat football stadium. The swim team practices at the local YMCA.

Franklin County High School hosts foreign exchange students (in 2007 this included students from France, Norway and Germany).

The senior class of 2013 received $3.9 million in scholarships, including a Naval Academy appointment worth $450,000 and scholarships from "Ferrum College (over $1 million), Emory and Henry ($350,000) and Roanoke College ($300,000)" [3] among other colleges.

Notable alumni[edit]


Coordinates: 37°0′15.2″N 79°52′42.9″W / 37.004222°N 79.878583°W / 37.004222; -79.878583