Updated December 2022


Benjamin Franklin High School

Rochester, New York






Rochester, New York






With a 23-acre campus, for 30 years from 1930, Franklin was the largest high school east of the Mississippi.

It has 500 rooms, a mile of corridors, a massive refurbished theater and a gym which holds 2,400 people.

A total of two million bricks were used to build it.



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For Franklin's Classes of

1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947

1959, 1960, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970

1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975 & 1976

  Click here for FREE complete scans

of Franklin Yearbooks





Saturday Sept. 23, 2023
50th BFHS Reunion
(Details to follow)


The '71 &'72 Joint 30th Reunion

�Was Held on Saturday, May 25, 2002

To see some of the Pictures Click HERE






CLASSES OF 1971 & 1972


To see Class List for the Class of 1971or

the Class List for Class of 1972


To look at the LIST of people we've FOUND

for both the Class of 1971 and the Class of 1972


Click HERE for the 1971 Yearbook as a single (big) pdf file


Click HERE for the 1972 Yearbook as a single (big) pdf file



key staff

1971 Newspaper Staff



** If you also graduated from #50 School in 1967,

you might want to take a look at this! CLICK HERE







 CLASS OF 1976

had its

30 Year Class Reunion !!


They also may contact the following people as well.


Charles Hall, Class President or

Tina Elie: tmelie@rochester.rr.com



Class of '70 had its 50th+ on October 1 & 2, 2022

Class of 1952 had its 70th Reunion October 10, 2022


Class of 1960 Had its 45th on July 22, 2005



and the Details!!!!




Class of 1965




Had it 50th Reunion on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2015

            1880 BLOSSOM ROAD, ROCHESTER, NY 14625



Many Thanks to Jim Scardinale for supplying the '65 Yearbook









Franklin Graduate makes Forbes Richest List: In March of 2017, David Walentas ('56) made Forbes' list with $2 billion in net worth. His New York City-based real estate company, Two Trees, created Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood and is currently working on a $3 billion project there. His son, Jed, is the CEO of the company, and his wife Jane is an artist.

Jeffrey Anderson, 1985 Franklin High School graduate was among the 10 referees selected to officiate 2017 Final Four Basketball in Phoenix.

Joe Simon was born in Rochester in 1913. He graduated from Franklin and went on to co-create Captain America !



Have 1938 Yearbook !

Looking for the Family of Arthur or Beatrice "Betty" STILES

A generous person from Martinsville, Indiana (Keenen Steinway) found the 1938 Franklin Yearbook

belonging to Beatrice ("Betty") Stiles in papers belonging to his parents.

It appears that her brother Arthur Stiles was on the championship 1938 Franklin tennis team

but transferred to Monroe the next year -- so it is possible she did as well.

Keenan sent the yearbook in, and and it is available now.

If you know or knew Betty (also called "Walts")

or Doris Klein (who she ate lunch with),

let us know, as Mr. Steinway would like you to have the book.




Benjamin Franklin 1946 Yearbook with signatures for Lois Vaisey
I think her name is on the inside cover, or one of the first few pages.
She would love to find it and reread them again.

Contact her daughter Christine at chrisndoug at rochester.rr.com
Thank you!



Graduates of #39 School -- a MESSAGE (7/8/12)

 Please contact: Eunice Leone by an email to uni31@aol.com



Click HERE to read the January 1941 "Life" Magazine article on Franklin (turn to page 65)


Click HERE to read the Life Magazine Issue -- The Year in Pictures 1971


Click HERE to read the Life Magazine Issue -- The Year in Pictures 1972




Class of 1942 -- a MESSAGE (9/12)

My father would like me to check if there is information for a
reunion for his class  of 1942. If so, who would he contact? Many thanks, Paula Marra, for Peter Folino



Class of 1980 -- a MESSAGE (7/12)

Hello, my name is Diana C. I graduated from Benjamin Franklin HS class of 1982.

I never had the chance to buy my year book, I would like to know if there any way I can obtain access to one. I had so mmany memories at Benjamin Franklin HS.

After my mother passed away when I was 10, my grandparents took my brother and I in their custody and took care of us until we moved from New York to Rochester at the age of 16.

I was so scared when I entered Benjamin Franklin because it was so big. There I met new friends and my life changed after that.

Now I live in New Jersey, married for 24 yrs. I have one son and two daughters and my first grandchild on the way.

I would appreciate it so much if I could either get a copy of have it posted here. Please help me. Thank you so much.


If you would lend the Classes of 71-72 Reunion Committee the 1980 Yearbook to scan, we will add it here for Diana. Send us an E-mail



MESSAGE (7/12) FOUND (Turns out she was in the June 37 Yearbook !!)

My mom Gertrude Katz graduated from Benjamin Franklin High school and I was hoping to see her scanned year book.

I believe she graduated in 1933. She lived on St Paul Street and I am her daughter Laurie

Can you please let me know how I can see the year book and if possible can you tell me what year she graduated?

I am almost certain it was 1933 and she passed away three years ago. I really would love to see the yearbook.




Italian American Community Center's

Women of the Year Award in Education 2015
May 22, 2015

Dorothy R. Pecoraro

Franklin Latin and languages teacher and long time educator in the Rochester School District.

Active contributor to Hope Hall School & the U of R's Warner School of Education.


  Note: We are not part of Franklin's administration so we don't have access to its records -- we're just reunion folks. 






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