Historic Schools – Franklin


Built in 1905

Named For:

Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a writer, printer, statesman, inventor, and scientist. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove. He founded many civic organizations, including the Library Company of Philadelphia, Philadelphia’s first fire department, and the University of Pennsylvania.

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Benjamin Franklin, 1706 – 1780

Location: Between 36th Ave E Ave 37th Ave E; Between E 2nd St and E 3rd St

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“The basic principle of democracy is service, and here the spirit of service pervades the air, service in each other, service to the school and service to the community as a whole. The motto of our Junior High School is ‘We Serve, all for each, and each for all.’” – Elizabeth McCormack, Principal 1919

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Previous to the fall of 1917, the school had five classrooms, one being in the basement. The remodeling and addition that year were great improvements. A gymnasium and auditorium made it possible for community gatherings. Being unique in its arrangement, the state was utilized as a kindergarten as well as for giving exhibitions.

That addition to the main building to accommodate the Junior High School was designed by E.R. Radcliffe and built at a cost of $76,000. The first floor included eight classrooms, the principal’s room with waiting room, and a moving picture booth. Six classrooms made up the second floor. The basement contained a large manual training room with 18 work benches, with provisions also made for the proper care of all kinds of tools. There was also a finishing room, stock room, and pattern room. The domestic science room was located in the basement. On account of there being no gas service in Allouez at that time, electric stoves were installed for student use. A laundry room was also located in the basement, where the correct way to wash clothes was also taught.


Franklin closed as a school at the end of the 1984-1985 school year. The building has been used as apartments since 1992.