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Benjamin Franklin High School

About this school...

Mission Statement:
A comprehensive high school where graduating students embark on one of these pathways: attend a 4-year college or university, attend an accredited 2-year technical program or trade school, pass the ASVAB exam and join the military, or enter the workforce.

Points of pride:
Football Public League AAA champions, 2014-2015; grand prize winner, Graphic & Media Arts Competition, 2013; outstanding sports teams; world languages offered

Career & Technical Education programs:
Welding Technology, Electronics Technology, Culinary Arts, Electromechanical/Mechatronics, Precision Machining & Milling

AP courses:
Art History, Chemistry, English Literature & Composition, Psychology, U.S. History

Other special academic offerings:
Health Education; Physical Education; JROTC (Navy); Graphic Design; Photography

Foreign languages:
Arabic, French, Spanish

Measures for positive, safe learning:
The school will consist of two small learning communities: 9th- and 10th-grade community, and 11th- and 12th-grade community. Each community will have a coordinator and counselor dedicated to develop programs, celebrate successes and support student academic and career goals.

Parent Involvement:
Home & School Association, School Advisory Council, volunteers at sporting events

Student Success Center:

Arts activities and classes:
Vocal music classes or ensemble; choir; theater instruction; school plays; visual arts instruction; ceramics; literature

Activities & special programs:
Photography club; yearbook club; Excellence Institute; Summer Search program; Temple University tutoring program

Boys' sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Indoor Track & Field, Soccer, Softball, Track & Field, Volleyball, Rugby*

Girls' sports:
Basketball, Indoor Track & Field, Track & Field, Volleyball, Badminton*, Cheerleading*

SEPTA routes:
2, 4, 16, 23, 43, 61, Broad Street subway

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Comments (26)

Submitted by Anonymous on April 16, 2010 7:15 am

Thinking about a friend of mine who lived in my neighborhood who went to benjamin Franklin High in the early 1970's and played baseball Lewis Compton . I was trying to find his stats and his baseball history. I know he has gone on but his memory stays with me for a life time.

Submitted by Anonymous on January 20, 2011 1:23 pm

My dad played at Ben Franklin in the 70's. His name is Angelo Adams. Do you know him?

Submitted by Anonymous on August 31, 2011 12:54 am

yes i know him i been trying to fine him!!!! we played at shippensburg name is Dock Meeks Jr. i'am from Coatesville Pa.i'am on face book can you please let your Dad know i'am looking for him!!!!!!!! my # is 610-800-2405 thank you very much !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Submitted by Anonymous on September 3, 2013 11:53 pm
If angalo Adams is your farther and George Robert Adams of Houston tx is his brother then im your cusin damel Robert smith
Submitted by Anonymous on April 23, 2012 3:00 am

yeah I knew angelo, brother george he went to Vaux jr high also

Submitted by Anonymous on April 23, 2012 3:24 am

yeah I knew angelo we called him nate archibald

Submitted by Anonymous on August 31, 2012 10:41 am

I am trying to find any stats&info. on my father, William D. Cannady jr. He played football some time between 1945-1948 i believe.please help me

Submitted by Anonymous on August 31, 2012 10:12 am

my dad played football in the late 40's.His name is William (bill) Cannady jr. trying to collect info.

Submitted by Anonymous on December 5, 2012 10:37 am
I remember your dad playing football in 1946.He was a 155lb.halfback and his number was 12.It just so happens I have a program from a game between Ben Franklin and Gratz high school played on Oct.10 1946 at northeast field 29th and Cambria. That is where Ben franklin played all their home games.I graduated from Franklin in June 1948.
Submitted by Anonymous on December 5, 2012 5:47 pm
thank you for the comments on my dad Bill Cannady.i have been trying to get any and all info on my father. please, any information that you have, i would apppreciate it if you could contact me. E-mail or by pnone 323)944-5206. i live in california.
Submitted by Anonymous on December 10, 2012 3:53 am
thank you for your response concerning any info on my father Bill father some time ago, i am trying to collect any and all information on him. i just recently found out that my father was a star running back for Benjamin franklin high school. If you could direct me in the right direction in order that i may collect news,info on his high school career along with his college career, i would gratefull for your help.
Submitted by Anonymous on January 17, 2013 3:41 pm
I would like to hear from anyone who remembers Floyd Purnell who played tenor saxophone with the jazz/dance band at Benjamin Franklin High School during the years 1945-1949. The band included Sigler on piano, Maurice Stokes on trumpet, Cleveland Tate on alto sax, Whitey & Al Jones on Drums, Rosenberg on tenor sax. Floyd closed out the dances at BFHS & Wm. Penn with Lionel Hampton's "Flyin Home". Thanks. Also; I last saw Bill 'smiley' Cannady in Basic Training at Sampson AFB in Dec 1951. He later settled in Cal., I never saw him again.
Submitted by Anonymous on July 19, 2013 9:27 pm
Have a Cleveland Tate that uses to play the alto sax 83 years old who live down the street could you contact me 2675884107 Tony Smothers
Submitted by Anonymous on August 7, 2013 6:04 pm
Thank you Tony for your response. Your neighbor sounds like the talented Cleveland Tate who played alto in the Ben Franklin band. I am also 83, I graduated in the February 1949 class Cleveland had a cousin named Harold Gibbs who lived in the 2500 block of Naudain St. Harold came to visit us from Texas in 1990, and passed away while he was here. I will be contacting you. .
Submitted by Anonymous on August 7, 2013 7:54 pm
Tony, I forgot to mention my name is Floyd Purnell
Submitted by Anonymous on August 10, 2013 11:49 am
Tony; I tried to call you today (Sat. 8/10/2013). and I tried to leave you a message but some reason I kept getting cut-off. I'll try again. I checked my year- book and Cleveland was in my class. Correction, I graduated in the January 1949 class not February.
Submitted by Anonymous on October 5, 2013 9:37 am
Mr floyd purnell you left some info on my dad bill cannady. I am trying tp get more info. Can you contact me. 213)570-6777
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Submitted by Anonymous on December 13, 2014 10:51 am

I  graduated in June 1948 and played baseball for Ben Franklin.My only claim to fame is that I pitched  9  no-hit innings against  Frankford high in our openning game. HARVEY KLINGER


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Submitted by Anonymous on February 17, 2015 7:08 pm
I graduated franklin in 98 I was on the 1997 public league track and field championship team
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Submitted by Anonymous on February 28, 2015 3:21 am
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Submitted by Anonymous on March 20, 2015 8:58 am

Hey hung out at macks jewleyos trying to get a copy of class of 1974 year book if anybody can help me thanks . My name is Richard Lewis hung out with everyone ran track  play soccer and drank wine with some of you guys



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