Franklin High School (Portland, Oregon)

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Benjamin Franklin High School
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Benjamin Franklin High School is located in Portland, Oregon
Benjamin Franklin High School
Benjamin Franklin High School
5405 SE Woodward Street
Portland, Oregon 97206
United States
Coordinates 45°30′08″N 122°36′25″W / 45.502136°N 122.606896°W / 45.502136; -122.606896Coordinates: 45°30′08″N 122°36′25″W / 45.502136°N 122.606896°W / 45.502136; -122.606896
Type Public
Opened 1914
School district Portland Public Schools
Principal Juanita Valder[1]
Number of students 1,745 (2017–2018 enrollment)[2]
Color(s) Maroon and grey   [3]
Athletics conference OSAA Portland Interscholastic League 6A-1[3]
Mascot Quakers[3]
Newspaper The Franklin Post

Benjamin Franklin High School (colloquially Franklin High School) is a public high school in Portland, Oregon, United States. It is located in central southeast Portland in the South Tabor neighborhood.


Franklin High School

Founded in 1914, Franklin is Portland's fourth high school. 136 students attended the first year. The current brick building, designed by Floyd Naramore,[4] opened in September 1917.[5]

In 1942, a statue of Benjamin Franklin, after whom the school was named, was installed outside of Franklin High School.

Due to the baby boom and the passing of a $25 million building levy by the school district in 1947, a new addition for arts, industrial arts, and home economics departments was slated.[5]

In October 2010 the school decided to discontinue its competitive robotics team due to the lack of any school official sanctioning the team, allegedly by locking the team out of their workspace without access to their tools, or the more than $7000 the team had raised to sustain the program. The team had been a part of the school for seven years.[6]

Between 2015 and 2017, the school was modernized and expanded, with funding from a $482 million bond measure in 2012. The modernization included a new arts center, a new gym, biomedical, and culinary arts building, seismic retrofitting, and a new entrance.[7]

Student profile[edit]

In the 2016–2017 school year, Franklin's student population was 46.9% White, 22.3% Hispanic, 16.7% Asian, 5.7% African American, 0.9% Pacific Islander, 0.6% Native American, and 6.8% mixed race.[2]

In 2008, 80% of the school's seniors received a high school diploma. Of 354 students, 282 graduated, 52 dropped out, five received a modified diploma, and 15 were still in high school the following year.[8][9] In 2009, 31% of the students were transfers into the school.[10]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Oregon School Directory 2017-18" (PDF). Oregon Department of Education. p. 68. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 January 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "School Profiles & Enrollment Data 2017-2018" (PDF). Portland Public Schools. p. 199. Retrieved 6 August 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c "Franklin High School". Oregon School Activities Association. Retrieved 1 March 2018. 
  4. ^ Ritz, Richard Ellison (2002). "Naramore, Floyd". Architects of Oregon: A Biographical Dictionary of Architects Deceased – 19th and 20th Centuries. Portland, Oregon: Lair Hill Publishing. pp. 293–294. ISBN 0-9726200-2-8. 
  5. ^ a b Polich, Edward L. (1950). A history of Portland's secondary school system with emphasis on the superintendents and the curriculum (PDF) (M.A.). University of Portland. pp. 80,160. OCLC 232551057. 
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  7. ^ "Franklin Modernization" (PDF). Portland Public Schools. Retrieved July 7, 2017. 
  8. ^ "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  9. ^ "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Archived from the original on 2011-09-16. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  10. ^ Melton, Kimberly (2010-02-04). "How many transfer, and where do they go?". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  11. ^ Wood, Carlyle (1956). TV Personalities: Biographical Sketch Book, Volume 2. TV Personalities. p. 152. 
  12. ^ "Oregon Stater". correction to previous article. Oregon State University Alumni Association. July 2002. Archived from the original on 3 July 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2010. Correction: An article about Douglas Engelbart in the April 2002 issue of the Stater incorrectly stated that Engelbart grew up near Salem. He grew up in southeast Portland and attended Franklin High School. 
  13. ^ "Reception ball planned for Miss Oregon". The Oregonian. 6 August 1987. p. B03. 
  14. ^ "Howard Hobson; Basketball Pioneer And Coach Was 87", New York Times, pp. obituary, 10 June 1991, retrieved 29 November 2010, Mr. Hobson, who was born in Portland, began his basketball career as a player at Franklin High School. 
  15. ^ "Meet Blazers Broadcaster Steve Jones". Portland Trail Blazers. Retrieved 29 November 2010. One of the most respected and watched NBA analysts, Steve "Snapper" Jones returns for a 21st year as courtside analyst for Blazers games on KGW-TV 8 and Fox Sports Net ... ones is a Portland native who led Franklin High School to the state basketball championship in 1959. 
  16. ^ "Legedu Naanee". biographical and statistical sketch. National Football League. 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2010. High School: Franklin HS [Portland, OR] 
  17. ^ Libby, Brian (January 14, 2011). "Manila Mata Hari". Portland Monthly. In a Franklin High School photo, young Claire looks out from beneath a tangle of youthful curls with a half-smile and a subtly mischievous gleam in her eye. 

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