William Hutchison (1909–1997) ‘26
Bill was active in the Glee Club and baseball at Franklin. He attended the University of Washington, captained the baseball team and had to choose between a professional baseball or medical career. He chose medicine, received his MD at McGill University, and began his career as a surgeon in Seattle in 1941. In 1956 he became the founding director and president of the Pacific Northwest Research Foundation. He founded the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center (named for his brother who died of lung cancer) in 1975. He received multiple medical and service awards.
Jim Ellis ‘39
Jim attended Yale, graduated in 1942, and was then sent by the Air Force to a cadet-training program in meteorology. When his brother Bob was killed in action, he vowed to “do something extra” to make up for what his brother might have done had he lived. He worked as a municipal bond attorney after graduating from law school. For more than fifty years he was a citizen activist in Seattle and King County. He led campaigns to clean up Lake Washington in the 1950s; to finance mass transit, parks, pools, and other public facilities through "Forward Thrust" bonds in the 1960s; to preserve farmlands in the 1970s; to build and later expand the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in the 1980s; and to establish the Mountains to Sound Greenway along the I-90 corridor in the 1990s. His achievements are recognized at a national level.
Herb Bridge ‘42
Herb joined the Navy after graduation from Franklin, with active service during WWII and the Korean War. He and his brother joined in 1955 to operate the family business, Ben Bridge Jewelers. Herb served as chairman of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce and was a director of Washington Mutual Bank. Known as “Mr. Downtown” for the critical role he played in maintaining a vital downtown in a time of suburban flight in the 1950s and 1960s, Herb received many distinctive honors for his community and business accomplishments, including induction in the National Jeweler Hall of Fame and the 2001 Seattle-King County First Citizen Award.
John Ellis ‘46
John attended the University of Washington for undergraduate and law school. He joined Puget Power as general counsel, became president and CEO in 1976, and became chairman of the board in 1987. He is best known for leading the effort to keep the Mariners in Seattle and build the team a new baseball stadium. He played a pivotal role in converting the Bellevue Boys Club to a Boys and Girls Club, a precedent later adopted nationwide. Awards include an Outstanding Community Service Award from the Boy Scouts of America and a Civic Commitment Award from the National Council on Aging. The Seattle-King County Association of Realtors named John Ellis as its First Citizen of 1987.
Robert Bridge ‘48
Bob and his brother Herb were second generation Franklin alumni—their mother was a 1919 graduate. Bob attended the University of Washington, joined the Navy and served during the Korean War. While working in the family jewelry business he sat as board of directors for Jewelers Mutual and was given such honors as the M. B. Zale Meritorious Service to Humanity Award and was been inducted into the National Jeweler Hall of Fame.
OL Mitchell (1933-2000) ‘53
OL was described by many as being born with green and black blood. He attended Whitworth College and ultimately returned to Franklin in 1968 where he spent the remainder of his career supporting three decades of students. He served as the activities and athletics director – in charge of everything from assemblies, to football games, from student government to prom. Within the community he was a founding member of Central Area Youth Association (CAYA) and was a founding member of the Northwest Black Pioneers. He served on many boards and commissions around the Seattle Area.
Cheryl Chow (1946-2013) ‘64
Cheryl was an educator and child advocate for most of her career. She worked as a teacher and administrator in more than a dozen different schools in the Seattle School District, including as Franklin’s principal. From 1991 to 1998 she served on the Seattle City Council and was a driving force behind the redevelopment of five community centers. She was elected to the school board and served from 2006 to 2009. She sat on the boards of numerous organizations, including First Place School, the YWCA, and the Girl Scouts Totem Council; she led the award-winning Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team.
Franklin Raines ‘67
Frank graduated from Harvard and was a Rhodes Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford University, before graduating from Harvard Law School. He served in the Carter Administration from 1977 to 1979. He worked for eleven years with an investment firm; in 1991 he became Fannie's Mae's vice chairman. He joined the Clinton administration as the director of the Office of Management and Budget from 1996 to 1998. In 1999 returned to Fannie Mae as CEO. He retired in 2005 and continues to live in Washington, DC, serving on the boards of corporations and nonprofit organizations.
Terry Metcalf '69
Terry attended Everett Community College and Long Beach State before joining the NFL. He was a successful running back playing for the St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Redskins as well as with the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL. After he retired he coached high school football at Franklin and then later at Renton. In 1990 he started his teaching career, focusing on early childhood education with at-risk children.
Stephanie Stokes Oliver ‘70
Stephanie graduated from Howard University with a degree in journalism. She worked at Glamour and then moved to Essence, where she became the editor of the magazine. She later was the founding editor in chief of Heart & Soul; in 1998 she formed SSO Communications, Inc., a publishing and new media consulting firm in the New York area. She is the author of Daily Cornbread: 365 Secrets for a Healthy Mind, Body & Spirit, Seven Soulful Secrets For Finding Your Purpose and Minding Your Mission, and Song for My Father: Memoir of an All-American Family.
Kenny Gorelick ‘75
Kenny G started playing saxophone at age 10, and was a key player in Franklin’s jazz band. He first played professionally at age 17, performing with Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra. Later he recorded with Jeff Lorber Fusion and Cold, Bold and Together. In 1982 he launched his solo career – his fourth album, Duotones, made him a star. In 1994 his track "Forever in Love" won a Grammy Award for best instrumental composition for the track. His albums have sold millions of copies.
Mario Bailey ‘88
Mario was a basketball and football star at Franklin. He was recruited to play football and basketball at the University of Washington where he still holds the record for receiving touchdowns in a season and career. He was named first team All-American and Pac-10 player of the year in 1991. He was drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1992. He played 1995–2000 for Frankfurt in the National Football League in Europe, and coached at Franklin from 2004 to 2008. Mario was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame in 2014.
Lynn Knell Jones, Teacher
Lynn Knell Jones was instrumental in creating a cohesive art program open to all students at Franklin in the 1980s. Multiple classes including ceramics, drawing and an advanced placement program became available under her leadership. Franklin’s art program has produced multiple award winning students and pieces. Some of those contests include the PTA reflections contest, METRO, and the Goodwill Art competition. Her tireless work took a set of underachieving art classes and turned them into a rigorous, award-winning program for students.
Rick Nagel, Teacher
Although he graduated from Garfield, Rick Nagel spent 30 years as a teacher at Franklin. In that time he created the extremely popular Law and Society program which examined the role of the individual in society and the many aspects of law and justice. In addition, he created the Mock Trial Program. Franklin’s Mock Trial team won the state trophy many times and won the National Championship Mock Trial competition in 2000.
Ella Pitre, Staff
Ella Pitre was considered the matriarch of Franklin High School during her 30 years as a staff member. In her role as attendance secretary she interacted with the thousands of students who came to adore her, and she not stop when the school day ended. She was a member of the PTA and was seen at many of Franklin’s sporting events. She was also very involved in her community, receiving the Martin Luther King Jr. Church Community Service award for her work. She was named the Western States Woman of the Year.