Jeff Graham – He coached Panther baseball from 1997 to 2010, winning four conference championships. He won a school-record 190 games in 14 seasons. The 2001 baseball team won the State Championship Title. The 2001 baseball team has previously been inducted in the FHS Athletic Hall of Fame.
Richard Phillips – A 1970 FHS graduate, Richard Phillips was a standout basketball and baseball player for the Panthers. In basketball, he earned All-conference and All-Western honors in his senior year. In baseball, the team won Conference Championships in his junior and senior years.
He earned a baseball scholarship to NC State University, where he still holds the record for lowest single-season ERA.
Ronnie Ledford – He was a star basketball player for the Panthers in the 1960’s. He scored 45 points against Cherokee in his senior year. It remains as a school record to this day. He attended Piedmont College and played basketball there. He returned to FHS as a teacher and a coach.
Eddie Reneau – Eddie Reneau was a senior on the 1976 Franklin football team that went on to win the State Championship title. This team was one of the first year inductees into the FHS Athletic Hall of Fame.
He played football for Mars Hill and went on to to become a head coach at Pisgah High School and East Henderson High School. The gym at East Henderson High School is named for him.
Brandon Stiwinter – He was a standout kicker for the FHS football team. He still owns the school record for the longest field goal of 52 yards made in the 1995 game against Robbinsville. He also owns the record for most field goals in a career and is tied for two other kicking records at FHS. He was also an All- Conference baseball player.
Brandon was a student at WCU and died in a motorcycle accident at the age of 21. October 5th was the 19-year anniversary of his wreck.