It's been almost a year since I took these photos of the Franklin School building, but I haven't been able to locate very much information about the school and its history. According to a brief history of school buildings in Madison that I discovered at the Madison Public Library, Franklin opened in 1923 at 305 West Lakeside Street. There have been at least two additions to the original building: one in 1930 and one in 1956.
In 1984, Franklin was paired with Randall School on Regent Street as a result of the Madison school district's efforts to desegregate several schools. The combined paired schools are now collectively referred to as Franklin-Randall Elementary.
Last year, the Randall School building celebrated its 100th anniversary and received a lot of media coverage. Will anyone make a fuss about Franklin when its 100th anniversary arrives -- even though it's located on Madison's South Side, rather than the West Side? There was a pronounced difference between the two neighborhoods in 1923. The Franklin building certainly isn't an "elegant prairie-style school" and it probably wasn't designed by a prominent local architectural firm.
Is anyone writing a history of Franklin. Does anyone care about its legacy?
More than a few Madison Central High School alumni attended Franklin School. Perhaps they'll leave some comments.
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