Franklin High School (Elk Grove, California)
|Franklin High School|
|6400 Whitelock Parkway
Elk Grove, California, Sacramento County 95757
|School district||Elk Grove Unified School District|
|Principal||Mrs. Chantelle Albiani|
|Number of students||2,733|
|Fight song||"Wildcat Victory"|
|Rival||Laguna Creek High School|
|Feeder schools||Toby Johnson Middle School|
History of the town of Franklin
In 1856, the town of Franklin was founded by an enterprising gentleman named Andrew George, who established the town fourteen miles south of Sacramento on Lower Stockton Road. Now known as Franklin Boulevard, this had been the main road from Sutter's Fort to the Mexican capital of Monterey. During the Gold Rush, this road became the stage route to Stockton.
George did not originally name the town Franklin, as it is known today. He called it "Georgetown", after himself, and the post office there was known by that name. The hotel he built was, however, given the name "Franklin House" in honor of his mother's family, the Franklins.
History of Franklin schools
Since the district's creation in 1959, Franklin Elementary School had been the only school located in the town of Franklin. The Franklin High School was opened in 2002 in the new East Franklin area. Franklin High School has graduated students every year since the class of 2005.
Franklin High School shares its campus with Toby Johnson Middle School and the Franklin Community Library. As well as their academic program, Franklin High School offers the STEM academy, the GREEN academy, AVID, the athletic department, and Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) department.
In the recent years of 2009 and 2010, Franklin boasted great success in various academic competitions, beating some of the oldest and most highly ranked high schools in the region. The success includes both individual and team awards in Moot Court, Academic Decathlon, Science Olympiad, National History Day, Model United Nations, and Mathletes, to name a few.
From 2002 until 2005 the band was led by of Dennis Reese. Reese led the band to win awards at competitions such as Delta, Las Plumas/Oroville, Santa Cruz, and Westside, while also attending festivals in Canada and Disneyland. In 2005, the band switched directors from Reese to Matthew Mackey. Under the direction of Mackey, who is still leading the band today, the Wildcat Symphonic Marching Band has taken home awards at several competitions, including several sweepstakes awards.
Franklin Theatre Company
Franklin High School offers an extensive theatre program for its students. It provides a diverse season of performing arts entertainment for the community. The program offers opportunities to perform onstage or participate in behind the scenes technical work in the Black Box Theatre. The Franklin Theatre Company usually puts on a main stage play in the fall and a main stage musical in the spring. Throughout the year, smaller events and plays are produced. Most notably, a children's show is put on by the Advanced Children's Theatre classes and elementary school classes from around Elk Grove Unified School District are invited to watch the interactive performances.
Franklin Theatre Company has garnered various awards in community theatre competitions. In recent years, the program has been recognized for its main stage shows by the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance's Elly Awards. Some accolades have included recognition of overall production, performance, direction, costumes, and set design.
Alma mater and Fight song
The alma mater is Hail To Franklin High, written by Dennis Reese.
Since its establishment in 2002, Franklin High School has had five different principals.
- Ms. Christina Penna 2002-2003
- Dr. Odie Douglas 2003-2005
- Ms. Charlotte Phinizy 2005–December 2011
- Mr. Michael Reed January 2012 – June 2014
- Ms. Chantelle Albiani July 2014 – present
Franklin High School offers a variety of athletics including Baseball, Softball, Girls' and Boys' Basketball, Cheer, Cross Country, Diving, Football, Girls' and Boys' Golf, Girls' and Boys' Soccer, Swim, Girls' and Boys' Tennis, Track, Girls' and Boys' Volleyball, Water Polo, and Wrestling.
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