History of Franklin Elementary

History of Franklin Elementary

Franklin Elementary STEAM Magnet is named after Benjamin Franklin, one of the most extraordinary human beings the world has ever known. Born into the family of a Boston candle maker, Benjamin Franklin became on eof the most famous Americans of his time. He helped found a new nation and defined the American character. He was a writer, civic leader, inventor, ...genius. His writings in "Poor Richard's Almanac" are still popular today. The first Franklin Elementary School in San Diego was built in 1903 at Union and F Street and was called the 5th Ward School. It moved to its present site at 4481 Copeland Avenue in 1929.

The Franklin Way

Benjamin Franklin was a scientist and diplomat.  At Franklin Elementary STEAM Magnet, we are all scientists and diplomats.

  • Scientist – a person learned in science; a scientific investigator.

  • Diplomat – one employed or skilled in diplomacy (skilled in working with others without
    arousing hostility). 

Franklin scientists and diplomats are:

  1. Respectful – “Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”*


  1. Responsible – “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”*

  1. Innovative and creative – “To cease to think creatively is to cease to live.”* 

  1. Risk Takers – “Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.”*

  1. Problem Solvers – “Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.”*

  1. Goal Setters – “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.

  1. Friendly/ Team Builders – “It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.”*

  1. Hard Workers/Doers – “Energy and persistence conquer all things.”*

  1. Learners – “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”*

  1. Fun loving – “The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”*

At Franklin, we acknowledge the hard-working scientists and diplomats who exhibit these character traits. Students are recognized at our monthly Flyer Rally, which is held on the first Friday of each month. 

*Benjamin Franklin quotes.


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