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Franklin High School


About Franklin High School

Franklin High School is a large, public urban high school respected for its traditions of student and community involvement and academic preparedness. The student body is a richly diverse balance of ethnicity and culture: 40% Asian descent, 28% African American, 10% Caucasian, 14% Latino, and <1% American Indian.

Franklin students spend their school years learning with and about students of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Thus our graduates, in addition to being high caliber academically, receive another enriching educational experience – that of community – learning to live and get along in a complex urban society.

Well done is better than well said.

~ Benjamin Franklin

Franklin Mission and Vision

Mission statement: To graduate students who have achieved academic excellence and who look forward to sharing their expertise, understanding, and compassion to create an increasingly peaceful and productive society.

Vision: Franklin High School provides an inclusive, safe, and academically challenging environment for all students.

The Franklin Community

At our core, and in service to our equity focused mission/vision, we believe thateverything is foreveryone. For that reason, students are able to select honors options in all core content areas, while maintaining a heterogeneous classroom environment. While some upper level courses such as AP require stand alone courses, we do not believe that designated honors courses meet the needs of our community.

Students at Franklin experience learning among their peers in a variety of classroom settings. At the 9th and 10th grades, students travel through their day in a cohort based model allowing them to get to know each other and build a solid foundation as Quakers as they grow. Students transition between Language Arts, Social Studies and Science as a cohort. Math and Electives are based on appropriate level and student choice. We also maintain a closed campus for our 9th grade students, meaning 9th graders are not allowed to leave campus for lunch.

11th and 12th grade students at Franklin choose courses based on grad requirements, interests and passions. We host a wide range of courses designed to meet graduation requirements while maintaining our committeemen to offering high interest, equity driven coursework.

Meet the Administrative Team

The Franklin administrative team is made up of Principal Andrew O’Connell,
and Assistant Principals Ericka Pollard, and Jeffrey Lam. 

To contact members of the administrative team, call 206-252-6150, Ext. 5.

Andrew O’Connell – Principal

Principal: Andrew O’Connell

Principal Andrew O'Connell
Principal O’Connell


  • Administrative credentials, Western Washington University
  • Master’s degree, Antioch University Seattle
  • Bachelor’s degree in Physical Science, Washington State University

Career Path

  • Science and AVID teacher, Seattle, WA. & Cleveland Heights, OH.
  • Assistant principal, Whitman Middle School, Seattle, WA.
  • Assistant Principal, Franklin High School, Seattle, WA.
  • Principal, Franklin High School, Seattle


Andrew was raised in the Rainier Beach neighborhood of South Seattle by a long time Seattle Schools’ elementary teacher and a carpenter.  Andrew learned the value of education and a strong work ethic at an early age. These values have contributed to his philosophy of leadership and have always provided guidance in his career in education.

He is a 1997 graduate of Franklin High School and has always maintained the Quaker spirit. Returning to Franklin as an assistant principal in 2015 was truly a homecoming for Andrew and he has never wavered in representing Quaker pride in all that he does. Part of this work for him is collaborating with the school community to ensure that each Franklin student receives high quality instruction all the time.

Andrew is proud to serve the Franklin community in his role now as Principal. 

Ericka Pollard – Assistant Principal

Jeffrey Lam – Assistant Principal

Photo Gallery

Student-created photography gallery – it features a few snapshots of our students both on campus and in the community.