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Cape Central High Photos

Ken Steinhoff, Cape Girardeau Central High School Class of 1965, was a photographer for The Tiger and The Girardot, and was on the staff of The Capaha Arrow and The Sagamore at Southeast Missouri State University. He worked as a photographer / reporter (among other things) at The Jackson Pioneer and The Southeast Missourian.

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“New” Franklin School

Franklin School 10-10-2014I decided it was time to take a closer look at the front of the “new” Franklin Elementary School. It faces south toward Themis, rather than east toward Louisiana.

The “School with No Name”

Franklin School front steps 03-16-2010Franklin School opened its doors in 1927, but it did it without a name on the front of the school. It was the only school in the district with no outward identification.

It wasn’t until 1971 that the 8-inch-high white plastic letters were placed above the door. Money for the sign was raised by the Student Council, which sold school supplies and held a used book sale.

This photo of the now-demolished old Franklin was taken in 2010.

Earlier stories and photos of Franklin School

10 comments to “New” Franklin School

  • Janet Robert

    I’m happy the new school has a little of the old school look! Happy years spent there and at Lorimier….

  • Fred Lynch

    Who remembers the Maypole Dance at Franklin School?

    • Judi Wills Faulkner

      May 1st of each year at Franklin selected girls were chosen to dance the Maypole around the flag pole. Streamers the color of whatever pastel colored dress we were wearing were placed on the pole as our streamer. We danced to the tune “Country Gardens.” It has been years but I still remember the dance today. I fondly remember my 8 years at Franklin with Miss Willer being my first grade teacher. Some of my other teachers at Franklin were: Miss Stein, Miss Reed, Mrs. Terry, Mrs. Cracraft and Miss Flentge our music teacher. I remember our band and orchestra director as Mr. Neil Stein I believe was his name. He was neat and dressed in a suit and stood very tall and erect. I know I had other teachers but, I don’t remember their names. Miss Nellie Krueger was our school principal and then I had Miss Clara Krueger for my Latin Teacher at Central High!!! I am proud to have grown up in Cape Girardeau and have Cape as my hometown!!!

  • Carole Schaefer

    Flat roofs? In MO weather they are usually a-leaking.

  • Terry Hopkins

    Very Cool new school…not the character of the old one ,b ut very nice.

  • judi wills faulkner

    I remember the may pole dance and was priviledged to take part (I had my streamer to match my dress!) The streamers in assorted pastel colors hung high on the pole in front of the school. May 1st was “May Day” and that is when we danced around the pole holding our assigned streamer to the tune of “Country Gardens”. The best I can remember we started off using our right foot going: heal and toe and step close step twice with changing to the left foot and doing the same. We some how weaved in and out holding our streamers making a beautiful lattice design of pastel colors when the dance was over! It was a beautiful dance and as I remember it was great to be included.

  • Bob Pollack

    I went to kindergarten at the old Franklin school, That looked and felt like a school! the “New Franklin,” looks to. institutional to me!

  • John Miller

    How old were Miss Willer and Miss Mueller in 1956?

  • Sheila Hopkins Phillips

    I; too, am happy that the new Franklin Elementary School has retained some characteristics of the “old” Franklin. I loved going to Franklin.

  • Cory Foster

    I recognize the cupola! Great friends and great memories from Franklin…

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