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Franklin Township, located on the southeast corner of Marion County began in 1836. By the late 1800’s, the district contained 11 schools and served nearly 400 students. In 1910, the New Bethel school was erected at 4100 South Post Road and in 1912 the new Acton school was built on Acton Road to replace the original school constructed in 1875. In 1938, the Acton and New Bethel schools were consolidated at the Post Road location and the new school was called Franklin Township High School.

 

As the 1950’s drew to a close the need for more extensive facilities brought on the construction of a new high school at Franklin Road and Edgewood Avenue. In September of 1960, all high school students in the district went to the new building called Franklin Central High School. This building was converted to a Middle School for grades 6 through 8 in 1976 when the new high school was completed just south of the previous school. The school underwent construction and renovation in 1990 and 2003 due to growing enrollment. The Freshmen Academy, an addition to the main building, opened in the fall of 2009.

 

Franklin Central High School currently boasts a 97% graduation rate and is consistently recognized by national publications as one of the top high schools in the United States. Nearly 3000 students are enrolled in grades 9-12.

 

We invite you to explore over 50 years of Franklin Central High School history in this digital collection. 

 

Made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. 

 
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