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East Franklin Junior High School

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East Franklin Junior High School Facts


East Franklin Junior High School opened its doors in 1971, but the traditions and values of the school began in the earlier community schools including Union School and Trapptown School.  East Franklin's first principal was R.H. Thompson who lived in a mobile home on the school campus.  The original buildings consisted of a gymnasium, office and seven classrooms.   

The gymnasium originally served double duty as a lunchroom and gymnasium.  A new lunchroom was added in the early 1990's.   

The first faculty at East Franklin consisted of 8 teachers Ruby Bradford, Frank and Elaine Murray, Jack Steele, Helen Sparks, Prudence North, Ruth Rice and Patsy McReynolds.  There were seven boys and one girl in the first graduating class at East Franklin.   

Hoyt Dillard served as principal of the school from 1972-1980.  During the 1972 school year, there were 220 students enrolled at East Franklin.  There was a football program for several years with Jerry Thomas as the coach.  Jerry Hester took over the Rebel's team in 1974.   

The principals of East Franklin have been R.H. Thompson (1971), Hoyt Dillard (1972-1980), William Smith (1981-1990), Larry Whitfield (1990-1995), Gary Harris (1995-2010) and Scott Wigginton (2010-2013). 

 East Franklin is the only Pre K through 9th grade school in the area.  East Franklin serves as a feeder school for Phil Campbell, Russellville and Tharptown.  East Franklin offers a low student teacher ratio providing high expectations for student success.  Over the course of the last 5 years East Franklin Alumni have been the Valedictorian three years and the Salutatorian two years.  East Franklin Junior High alumni have filled 38 percent of the top 10 in the feeder schools during the course of the last five years, exemplifying the great success and determination of our students.