Franklin Community High School

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Basic Information

Address: 2600 Cumberland Drive Franklin, IN 46131
County: Johnson
District: Franklin Community School Corporation
Phone Number: 317.738.5700
Fax Number: 317.738.5703
Principal: Craig A. McCaffrey

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Franklin Community High School
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Additional Information

School Type: Public
Accreditation: North Central Association and Accreditation
District ID: 4225
School ID: 3445
State District ID: 4225
State School ID: 3445
Grade Level: 9-12
Founded: 1871
School Setting:

Suburban - 30 miles south of Indianapolis

School Schedule (Hours in Day): 7 hours 45 minutes - Modified Block Schedule
School Days in Calendar Year: 180
School Holidays: Labor Day, Fall Break (2 days), Thanksgiving Break (2 days), Christmas Break (2 weeks), Records Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Spring Break (1 week)
School Colors: Royal Blue and White
School Mascot: Grizzly Cub Bear


School Size: 1600
Classroom Size: 25-30
Classroom Teachers: 72
Student/Teacher Ratio: 20:1
Support Services:

Assistant Principals, Guidance Counselors, Special Services Department, Information Technology, Maintenance, Grounds, Food Services, Custodial, Classroom Assistants, and Office Support.

Camp Programs: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
Summer School: Yes
PTA Organization: No
Computer Capabilities:

1:1 Student computer ratio

School Clubs:

Acoustic Guitar, FRANC, Cycling, Sportman's, Spellbowl, Teen Link, FCA, Passionately Pink for the Cure, Japanese, Japanese Honor Society, Sister School Exchange, Japanese Olympiad of Indiana, Comic Book Club, ASL, National Honor Society, International Club, FCHS GSA, FCCLA, K-9 Service, Digital Arts and Entertainment, Mentors, FFA, Student Council, Best Buddies, Book Club, BPA, Science, Debate, Key, Honart

Lunch Availability: 3 Lunch Periods on campus
Parking Spaces/Availability:

1554 with 40 handicapped

Uniform Guidelines:


Mission Statement:

FCHS . . . Where everyone is committed to relationships, relevance, rigor, resilience, and responsibility.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

In a safe and nurturing environment, students: 1. Learn at different rates and in different ways. 2. Learn more effectively while actively engaged. 3. Develop positive relationships with adults and peers.

School History:

Franklin High School was established on February 8, 1871, in a three story building located at Water and Adams Streets. For two years Professor Boyce, his wife and one assistant were in charge. In 1872 Emma Forsythe Cox became the first graduate. The first annual commencement exercises were held May 23, 1873. Later, the third story was removed from this building, and it then was known as the P.W. Payne Elementary School.

In 1887 the high school was moved to a new building located on Monroe Street. In that year Professor W. J. Williams became superintendent, and the library was established. During the 1890's Mr. William Featherngill was superintendent. Mr. A.O. Neal became his assistant in 1893, and Miss Nettie Craft became an assistant in 1897. Mr. Neal became principal in 1899. This building on Monroe Street was known as the Kitty Palmer building and later housed the Franklin Boys Club.

Ten years later in 1909 Franklin High School moved to a new location on Hurricane Street known as the Alva Neal building (the northern half of the former junior high). In this year due to increased enrollment, the teaching staff increased to twenty. After Franklin won its first state high school basketball tournament championship in 1920, the Griz Wagner Gymnasium was built by funds from public subscription. In 1938 anew wing (southern half of the former junior high) was completed, and by 1949 the shop building was added to the Hurricane location.

In 1961 a modern high school building was completed on Highway 31 in western Franklin. Made possible by the joint efforts of Franklin and Needham Townships and the City of Franklin School, the high school was dedicated on November 5, 1961. This campus continued to grow in 1966 with the addition of an agricultural building including two classrooms and a shop laboratory, in 1970 with a fifteen-room addition and in 1973 with another two room addition. The last renovation/addition, completed during the 1985-1986 school year, included a new swimming pool, three science rooms, two art rooms, a six room industrial technology addition, a new library, two business education rooms and numerous other improvements.

In 2007, a state of the art high school complex, located on Cumberland Drive, was opened. With a technology rich wireless campus, a wide variety of student-centered learning areas, a commanding auditorium and an inspiring athletic complex, the Community of Franklin is proud of the New Franklin Community High School.

Notable Graduates:

Jon McGlocklin, Fuzzy Vandivier

Programs and Services:

Advanced Placement Courses, Dual Credit Courses, Early College, Special Services