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High school is a name used in some parts of the world, and particularly in North America, to describe the last segment of compulsory secondary education. It is preceded by primary education. High school is also the name used to describe the institution in which the final stage of compulsory education takes place. In the United States, high schools generally consist of grades 9, 10, 11, and 12, although the inclusion of grade 9 varies by school district.
Franklin High School was established in 1910 with twenty students and two teachers in a few upstairs rooms of the Franklin Institute, the old Franklin Elementary School, located at Five Corners. That first Franklin High School graduated three students in 1912. One of the early principals was an educator by the name of Miss Nell Shea. In the fall of 1926, the new Franklin High School opened its doors on a site atop a hill on Columbia Avenue. G.E. Craddock was the principal when this move was made and he carried with him a staff of ten teachers and a senior class of 33. Courses taught included English, maths, history, science, French, Latin, home economics and manual arts. In 1936, W.C. Yates became the principal of Franklin High School.
Franklin High School's tradition of excellence established over the past 93 years has continued. Over the past five years, 11 students have been named as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, and test scores have remained well above state and national averages. In 2000 Franklin High became the first high school in Tennessee to be accepted as an affiliate member of the International Baccalaureate Program. Franklin High also excels outside the classroom, with a nationally recognized band program, active forensic and vocal music programs, numerous student clubs and organizations, and competitive athletic programs in every sport sanctioned by the TSSAA, Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association including 10 state championships in women’s soccer in the past 11 years. Today the school numbers over 1700 students.
The mission of Franklin High School is to provide educational opportunities that enable all students and staff to reach their potential in a safe, supportive environment.  In addition to this, it provides an environment in which all students acquire the necessary skills to become responsible thinkers who appreciate diversity and are productive citizens in their community.

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