Franklin City Schools Set Tour Dates For Franklin Junior High School Before Demolition

Community members, past students, former staff members and administrators, and the general public are invited to tour the current Franklin Junior High School (old high school) prior to its demolition.

“We know that community members have many fond memories of this building, and we want to provide the opportunity to say goodbye,” said Dr. Mike Sander, Superintendent of Franklin City Schools. “People talk about themselves, their parents, and even grandparents attending classes in this building, which we like to say has been ‘Wildcat Country since 1921’.”

Two tour dates will be available: Saturday, May 1, 4 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, May 22, 10 a.m. to Noon. Visitors are invited to tour the building at their leisure and students who are members of the National Junior Honor Society will be on hand to answer questions.

A virtual tour will be available for persons who live out of the area or who are physically unable to tour the building. More details about this will be forthcoming.

The current Franklin Junior High Building opened in 1921 as the East Building and housed both junior and senior high students. Additions were made in 1932, 1948, and 1952. In 1969, the current high school opened on 4th St., and students in grades 10 through 12 moved to that campus. Ninth grade classes began attending the current high school building in the fall of 1982.

The current junior high building is slated for demolition sometime after August 1 as part of the total rebuild of Franklin’s buildings, thanks to a bond issue passed by district voters in November 2020. Groundbreaking for a new high school will be this fall, with a tentative opening date in the fall of 2023. The new high school will be built where the current junior high and Hampton Bennett buildings are located. Junior high students will be housed in mobile classrooms on the current Franklin High School campus while construction is underway.

Franklin Junior High is at 136 E. Sixth St., Franklin. Persons with questions should call the superintendent’s office, (937) 746-1699.

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