Franklin High School Educational Foundation

About Our Foundation

A Message from Principal Marquez-Martinez

The heart of Highland Park is Benjamin Franklin! For over 100 years it has served our community. Our teachers are committed to offering a high-quality education that expects excellence from everyone that walks through our doors. Our students are meeting the challenge by meeting and exceeding standards in State Exams, enrolling in AP courses and participating in extra-curricular activities that compete against other schools in the district, county or state! Our athletic programs build confidence, teamwork and commitment to our school community. 100% of our school qualifies for free and reduced lunch, yet, at Franklin, we believe our students, regardless of social-economic status, can achieve and will be contributors to our society.

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A Message from President Robert Nishinaka

Message Forthcoming.

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Our History

Back in 1962, Franklin High School Principal Joe Herman started the effort to provide Franklin students with college scholarships by collecting $500 and awarding it to two students.  The primary source of these funds came from donations from Franklin faculty and a few Highland Park merchants.  Each year over the next five years, Mr. Herman continued to collect funds and award select Franklin students with scholarships.  Then in 1967, Principal Mort Tenner arrived at Franklin and continued Mr. Herman’s effort.  Additionally, Mr. Tenner had a vision for improving the college counseling program and created the College Advisor position whose sole focus would be to send more students to college with the necessary financial aid funds that would permit them to successfully pursue their studies.  This College Counselor position was filled by drafting teacher Jack Wright, who held the position from 1971 to 1992.

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Our Board

We have a Board of Directors of twenty, comprised of current faculty and alumni, all who serve without compensation.  Franklin High School administration appoints the majority of the board.

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