Even as Washingtonians mark their calendars for April 15, the day everyone aged 16 and older in the state will be able to get vaccinated, the viral storm clouds on the horizon are growing darker.
In the last week, the average daily COVID case rate in King County alone has risen to 250 new cases per day, Public Health — Seattle & King County (PHSKC) Public Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin told listeners in an April 2 press conference. This represents a 26% increase from the week before, and an 86% overall increase from the beginning of this most recent rise, which likely represents a fourth wave beginning, Duchin said.
On Monday afternoon earlier this week, as clouds began to block the sun, the temperature dove from its high of 48 degrees Fahrenheit. Extension cords of various colors trailed out of the heated, fortress-like Franklin High School (FHS) building, built in 1912, and made their way through the bushes and across walkways to where teachers, bundled up, sat at fold-out tables on their laptops, attending virtual meetings. A couple of them appeared to be shivering.
On the afternoon of Feb. 26, as unpredictable weather loomed overhead, the students in Franklin High School’s (FHS) Art of Resistance & Resilience Club hung their latest project outside, a group of handmade signs celebrating Black lives and social justice. They attached the project to the fence next to the school’s mural honoring the Seattle Chapter of the Black Panthers, which was vandalized late last year.
Murals are infused with meaning. More than decorations on a building’s exterior, murals represent and reflect the community. That’s why the Emerald asked readers this month: What are your favorite murals in the South End?
The Franklin High School gym floor echoed with the sounds of squeaky tennis shoes and basketballs being dribbled on the hardwood as 16 teams from four states and Canada participated in the 2018 High School Basketball Tournament of Champions at Franklin High School. The teams came from as far away as Miami, Florida. High School teams from all around the state of Washington also showed up for the tournament. Along with the host team from Franklin, Nathan Hale and Cleveland teams also participated.
Hundreds of people filled the Franklin High School commons on Nov. 9 to await the official unveiling of the Franklin High School Art of Resistance and Resilience Club’s 40-foot mural commemorating the Seattle Chapter of the Black Panther’s 50th Anniversary. Members of the Art of Resistance & Resilience, a social and environmental justice-oriented art club at Franklin, have been working on the mural since January and were able to display a portion of it at the SCBP 50th Anniversary Celebration in April.
Smiles on, nerves rattling, the Franklin High School (FHS) varsity mock trial team stood in a pre-game huddle. T-minus five minutes until show time and teammates checked each other’s uniforms, making sure they looked the part while their coach gave a few words of encouragement. The hours they poured into looking crisp, clean, and confident showed.
Last weekend, all three FHS teams advanced to semifinals and its varsity team continued to sweep the tournament, beating even national champion and cross-town rival Seattle Preparatory School. As one of the top two teams of this year’s competitors, Franklin High’s varsity team stood ready to face off against Bellevue’s International School for the district champion title. In the King County District Courthouse, the court’s doors opened Monday night, and both teams walked into their final round at the King County YMCA Mock Trial District Tournament.Continue reading Franklin High School Steals the Show at Mock Trial→
Evoking recollections of the days when fervor for high school football in south and central Seattle was higher than the average city dweller’s morning caffeine levels, the First Annual Memorial Football Classic takes place today at Memorial Stadium with both Cleveland and Franklin High Schools participating.
The Classic is the brainchild of South Seattle native and former National Football League player Joey Thomas.
“Having grown up in and around the south end, I have an appreciation for the storied rivalries that once existed between the schools in the area and how that really brought out pride and friendly competition within the community. I thought that the event would provide a wonderful opportunity to rekindle that.” Said Thomas, who is currently the head football coach at Ballard High School.
The Classic gets underway today at 12:00pm with Cleveland facing off against Bainbridge, followed by Franklin taking on Garfield at 6:00pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
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