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 "Opportunity School" for the learning impaired.