Frankford High School


Frankford High School is a public high school in the School District of Philadelphia. It is located at Oxford Avenue and Wakeling Street in the Frankford section of Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It has an award-winning and highly successful Culinary Arts Program.

Frankford High School
Oxford Avenue and Wakeling Street,


United States
TypePublic High School
MottoHome of Champions
School districtSchool District of Philadelphia
PrincipalMichael Calderone
Faculty55.07 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment913 (2019–20)[1]
Student to teacher ratio16.58[1]
Gold, navy blue, and crimson
SloganHome of Champions
MascotFrontier Pioneer

Frankford was founded in 1910 as an annex to Central High School. Around 1927, the Frankford Radio Club, a long-running amateur radio club, was founded at the school.[2][3][4] This competitive radio club continues to this day; Alburtis, Pennsylvania is the current home of the club.[5]

In the fall of 2018, Frankford High School launched the Frankford High School Aviation Academy, a unique program to provide a career path for the graduates of the program. Since the launch of the aviation program, Hospitality and Solar Panel CTE courses have been added as well.

The current Principal is Michael J. Calderone.

Aviation Academy


Beginning with the class of 2022, students have the opportunity to enroll in the Aviation Academy. After their completion, they can earn their private pilot license and by the time they are 21 be eligible for their commercial pilot license. The program will also include multiple tracks of study including drone-piloting and airplane mechanic/maintenance.[6]



Having been founded as an annex to Central High School, Frankford inherited the gold and crimson from Central, but the addition of navy blue makes the school's colors distinctive. Frankford's slogan is "Home of Champions," a nod to its longstanding tradition of fielding strong sports teams. The school's athletic teams are nicknamed the Pioneers.

Frankford's soccer team won ten straight Public League Championships (1987–1996), four of which by shutout.[7] Frankford's wrestling team won 11 straight Public League Championships ending in 2007.

Neighborhoods served


Neighborhoods served by the school include Bridesburg, Frankford, Northwood, Wissinoming, Oxford Circle, and Juniata.[8]

Feeder patterns


Harding Middle School is Frankford's most significant feeder school, or one in which its graduating students matriculate to Frankford High.[9]

Notable alumni


See also



  1. ^ a b c "Frankford HS". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved September 6, 2021.
  2. ^ "FRC History Introduction".
  3. ^ "QST". 55. American Radio Relay League. 1971: 54–56. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ George, J. K. (2016). Contact Sport: A Story of Champions, Airwaves, and a One-Day Race Around the World. Greenleaf Book Group Press. pp. 64, 80. ISBN 978-1626342361.
  5. ^ "Frankford Radio Club: Proficiency Through Competition".
  6. ^ "Aviation Academy – Frankford High School".
  7. ^ "Scores of PL Soccer Finals". Archived from the original on July 5, 2008. Retrieved September 12, 2008.
  8. ^ "Frankford High School Geographic Boundaries Archived 2012-03-28 at the Wayback Machine." School District of Philadelphia. Retrieved on October 4, 2011.
  9. ^ Home page. Frankford High School. Retrieved on August 16, 2016. "Mr. Calderone spent the 8 years prior to becoming principal of Frankford High School as the principal of Harding Middle School, our largest feeder school."
  10. ^ "Ralph Lewis Stats -". Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  11. ^ "John Richter Stats -". Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  12. ^ Anatasia, George (October 14, 2004). "Kin say arson suspect is innocent Kaboni Savage's mother said her son was not involved in a fatal N. Phila. blaze that killed relatives of a drug informant". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
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