It was early spring, 1864, in the tiny tent community
of Yuba City.
A scattering of children wearing knickers, gaiters and flour
sack chemises had assembled, lunch pails in hand. A stern-looking
bespectacled teacher seated them at desks made of boards on iron stands. Another
Elementary School had
Whether Franklin held classes in
Yuba City before
March 1, 1864 is not a matter of official record, but the school has
beenoperating continuously since
The unusually large, rough board schoolhouse first stood on the
homesteaded Van Dorn property, at the southeast cornerof Franklin and Township
Roads. Early details are sketchy but an 1872 school census counted fifteen
"scholars" attending the one room school house.
Late 1886 brought a brand new Mission Revival style
schoolhouse to Franklin District. The trustees had purchased
school site property across the intersection, from landowner Frank Leslie Stone,
for $114.06 in gold coin.
An early Sutter County
newspaper reported, "The Franklin School
stands well upon a good foundation and is well
supplied with closets, library books and cases, dinner shelving, hat and shawl
departments and toilet conveniences." As much as could be salvaged of the old
schoolhouse was used in the new building.
Maydays, school picnics in the Buttes, sock-hops and
two World Wars were memories throughout the lives of the students who attended
over the years.
Plans for the third and present Franklin School began
in 1949 when bid requests were posted for construction of "four classrooms and a
multi-use room" to be built in the Franklin District.
The first new primary wing was built where the school
office is now located. In the years that followed classes were held there, in
the cafeteria building, and in the old Methodist Episcopal Franklin Church,
(established in 1882). Occasionally students attended classes in the old
multi-purpose room, which was built around 1950, with funds donated by the
Franklin Farm Bureau.
Before it was razed in 1958, the old school had been
used for classroom overflow, storage, as a civil defense center and as an
School" for the learning
The Kennedy Era brought fences, square dancing and a
second primary wing, which was completed in 1962. The new building bordered the
space where the old school had been. The "quad" was finished in 1965, and the
first kindergarten class ever held at Franklin began that fall.
the years additional portable buildings have been installed to
accommodate classrooms for the increasing student population, and to
provide a library, resource room, and 2 computer labs. The newest
building that was completed in 2008 houses a gymnasium, kitchen and
state-of-the-art music room.
Proudly bearing the name of Americas most famous
diplomat and patriot, Franklin Elementary
School stands today. Throughout its history,
remained a standard for education at its best.