Franklin High School (El Paso, Texas)

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Franklin High School

900 N. Resler Drive

El Paso, Texas 79912
United States
Coordinates 31°51′40″N 106°33′23″W / 31.8611°N 106.5564°W / 31.8611; -106.5564Coordinates: 31°51′40″N 106°33′23″W / 31.8611°N 106.5564°W / 31.8611; -106.5564
Type Public
Established 1993
School district El Paso Independent School District
Principal Shawn Mena
Grades 9 (Franklin Ninth Grade Center), 10-12 (Main Campus)
Enrollment 2,726 (2016)[1]
Campus Urban

Black, Purple, and White

Mascot Cougar

Franklin High School is a public high school located on the west side of El Paso, Texas, which is part of the El Paso Independent School District. It opened in 1993. Its name refers to the nearby Franklin Mountains. The student population of the school is between 2,000 and 3,000 annually. Since April 2017, the principal has been Shawn Mena.[2]

Feeder schools[edit]

Franklin's middle school feeder schools include: Brown Middle School, Hornedo Middle School, and Lincoln Middle School. Franklin's elementary school feeder schools include: Polk, Lundy, Tippin, Kohlberg, Oran Roberts, Rosa Guerrero, Mitzi Bond, and Herrera Elementary.


Since 2016, Franklin offers a magnet STEAM/new tech program with emphasis on preparing students for nursing programs. The school partners with Texas Tech's Health Sciences Center El Paso and starting in late 2017 with El Paso Community College.[3][4]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

High Q[edit]

The Franklin High Q team has enjoyed success in recent years,[citation needed] taking three consecutive second-place trophies at the Ysleta High School Invitationals, losing only to in-city rivals and Coronado High School. The team has also reached the bracket championship on KCOS' televised tournament [1].

Student Council[edit]

The Franklin Student Council held the position of the Texas Association of Student Councils (TASC) State President for the 2013-2014 school year.

The council has received the National Association of Student Councils (NASC) Gold Council of Excellence award for the past nine years.

Franklin has held the positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer and Parliamentarian at the district level.


The Franklin High School Band includes:

  • Marching Band
  • Color Guard
  • 3 Concert Bands
  • 2 Jazz Bands
  • Winter Guard

All of Franklin's ensembles consistently receive 1st Division ratings at EPISD, UIL Area Contests, and other festivals locally, statewide and nationwide.[citation needed] Each year, a large number of students participate in All Region Band, advance to the Area level, and make the Texas All State Band.[citation needed] The "Star of the West" band hosts the district's Solo and Ensemble each year.

The Franklin Band has a nationally recognized drumline that was awarded second place at P.A.S.I.C. in Austin, Texas, in the Stand-still division in 2006.[citation needed]

The Franklin Drum Line has won the Coronado-Hosted Drumline competition, "Thunder Drums", numerous times, including 2008.[citation needed] The Ensemble got first place, Best Overall, and Best Front Ensemble.[citation needed]

The Franklin Band has achieved many awards including:

  • N.M.S.U. Tournament Of Bands Finalist - 8 times
  • S.I.S.D. MarchFest Finalist 2012
  • UTEP Day Of Percussion Champions 1997, 1998
  • Thunderdrums Percussion Festival first place 2006, 2008, 2010
  • U.I.L. Region Marching Contest 12 years First Division


The Chronicle is Franklin High School's student newspaper. It has won numerous local and national awards.[5] On March 20, 2009, The Chronicle was presented with a Silver Crown award at Columbia University in New York. In 2012, The Chronicle also earned a second Silver Crown.[citation needed]


Pride is the Franklin yearbook. It has been recognized as one of the best yearbooks in the nation by the National Scholastic Press Association and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

For the 2013 20-year anniversary yearbook, themed Icon, Pride earned both a CSPA Gold Crown and a Pacemaker, a feat accomplished by only five yearbooks in the entire nation.

Pride was named a Pacemaker Finalist in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Pride was awarded a CSPA Silver Crown award for the 2009 and 2010 yearbooks and took the Gold Crown for the 2011 and 2013 yearbooks. In addition to these national awards, Pride also received the ILPC (Interscholatic League Press Conference) Gold Star Award and the ILPC Award of Distinguished Merit. ILPC is particular to the state of Texas.

Pride 2014, themed RADICAL, earned a CSPA Silver Crown and a NSPA Pacemaker nomination.

Pride 2015, themed HUMAN, was one of 13 high schools nationally to be awarded a Columbia Scholastic Press Associations's Gold Crown.

Air Force JROTC[edit]

Franklin High School is home to TX-9410, a unit formed jointly with nearby Coronado High School. Consisting of one cadet squadron, the unit is reputable[citation needed] for its award-winning drill teams[citation needed], high unit assessments[citation needed], and the success of its graduates outside of high school[citation needed]. The program has had two cadets move into the U.S. military academies.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]


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