Franklinton High SchoolEdit profile
Franklinton High School is a public high school in Franklinton, Louisiana, United States. The current principal is Lisa Tanner. The 2009-2010 school year is her first year as principal after replacing long time FHS principal Beverly Young. Under Ms. Young's leadership, the school went from a small 3A high school with both academic and discipline problems to a top of the line learning facility that is now a 4A school and a model school for the state of Louisiana! The school colors are purple and gold, and the sports teams are known as the Demons. It is a part of the Washington Parish School Board.
The school building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.
The Franklinton High School Demon football team went to the Louisiana Superdome for the state championship for the first time in nearly thirty years in 2009. The school was well represented by the numerous fans from the small town. The team brought home the trophy as the state runner-up. With the 2009 season, Franklinton High School broke the record for the highest scoring football team in state history, scoring an average of at least 50 points per game. In 2010, the Demons pushed their way through the 2010 season with a 12-1 record to return to the LHSAA State Farm Prep Classic for the second consecutive year. In the 2010 season the Franklinton Demon football team brought home the first state championship in the long history of Franklinton High School under head coach Shane Smith.
Franklinton High School is one of the few schools in Louisiana to have a show choir. The show choir is called the "Demonaires." It is an ensemble of about 30 students. It has a history of performing for the local area schools and events, like the Washington Parish Free Fair. In 2009, however, the Demonaires participated in their first ever show choir competition, the Mississippi Showchoir Competition, hosted by Pearl River Community College in Hattiesburg, MS. The choirs of Franklinton Jr. High and Franklinton High are currently directed by Ms. Tonya Matthews. Past directors include: Ms. Jerry Dick, Ms. Beverly Bailey, Mr. Clay Magee, and Mr. Chris Babb. In addition to the show choir involvement, members of the choral department participate in the LMEA district and all-state honor choirs.
Franklinton High School's band program, known as the "Demon Regiment", has grown considerably under the direction of Mr. Loyman Prestenbach, who is the director for the high school and junior high band programs. Past directors include: James Bailey, Cecil Tranthom, Alec McGuire, Clay Magee and Chris Talley. The band participates in marching competitions and concert festivals, as well as the LMEA parish and district honor concert bands.
Other arts programs: Talented Art (IEP), Fine Arts, and Music Appreciation classes. 1
Franklinton High School has a substantial array of clubs and organizations, including: BETA Club, National Honor Society, Louisiana Youth For Excellence (formerly the Governor's Program on Abstinence), Student Council, Family Community and Career Leaders of America, Future Farmers of America, TLC (Teens Living for Christ), Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 4-H, Interact, and the American Sign Language Club.
Marine Corps Junior ROTC
In 1996 Franklinton adopted a Marine Corps Junior ROTC unit. Today it is headed by Master Gunnery Sergeant Davlin L. Baily (Ret.) and Gunnery Sergeant Jeffery Brown. Known to the school as Master Guns and Gunny.