Franklin High reopens after remodel and upgrade
For two years, the students of Franklin High School have had to traipse out east of S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses for their education – to the Marshall High School campus – while their century-old high school underwent an upgrade and full facelift. Now, the remodel is done, and the school reopened for registration on Monday, August 14, with classes scheduled to resume by the end of August.
On the 14th, THE BEE visited the campus, now once again abuzz with students, beheld the final touches, and spoke with a few of the students at registration.
One was Lucy Shadburn, who is a senior this year. She attended the old Franklin High in her Freshman year, spent two years at Marshall, and now is coming home to FHS for her senior year. She told us she loves the new Franklin, commenting that the school had been "falling apart". She's glad the remodel held on to so much of the historic feeling of the previous campus, while adding light and space and modernizing the whole school.
As for Marshall High – which now will be hosting Grant students while their school undergoes the same sort of upgrade – Lucy said "it was not as nice as the old Franklin High, but it was okay for the time we were there."
Jeremy London is a junior this year, so he never went to school in the old Franklin, but he finds the new Franklin "amazing – coming from Marshall to this is crazy – this is miles better!" In particular, he likes the new gymnasium a lot, and he shares Lucy's enthusiasm for the retention of many historical details in the new Franklin High.
The morning that THE BEE was there, the campus was awash in enthusiastic, happy, and courteous students, who seemed more than ready to start making the much shorter trip to their new campus.
Two special events are scheduled to celebrate the opening of the modernized Franklin: Franklin's Grand Opening Ceremony is on Saturday, September 2nd, at 10:45 a.m.; the night before, on Friday, September 1, another ceremony will celebrate the opening of Franklin's new Track and Field. (Eric Norberg contributed to this story.)