Head of School: Miss Rowe
Deputy Head of School: Miss Jones
School Base: Downstairs in the MFL Building
Franklin School is named after the late American soul singer, songwriter, pianist, actress and equality activist, Aretha Franklin.
Aretha Franklin was born on 25 March 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee, one of four children. Her parents were divorced by the time she was six years old and her mother sadly passed away only four years later. From the age of 10 she was brought up by her father. It was her father's influence that led her to singing Gospel music at her local Baptist Church and, from that humble beginning, her love of music was embedded.
At the age of 24 her determined approach led to her eventually signing a record deal with Atlantic records. Aretha’s journey was not an easy one and she faced many difficulties in both her professional and personal life, which have been widely written about. But it was through her own determination and “never give up” attitude that, in 1987, she became the first female soul singer to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which at the time was a huge achievement.
Aretha Franklin was also a prominent figure throughout the civil rights movements in the 1960s and her song ‘Respect’ became a well-known song for gender and racial equality, something she felt passionately about. She provided money for civil rights groups, at times covering payroll, and performed at protests. Franklin was also a strong supporter for Native American Rights where, without fanfare, she supported indigenous peoples' struggles worldwide, right up until her death in August 2018.
Aretha Franklin epitomises the ethos, pride, ambition and determination that Franklin School wants to emulate to give our members the strength and confidence to pursue our own dreams and ambitions but to also be there to support other people less fortunate than ourselves.
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