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Drew Brees to take part of ceremonial ground breaking at Ben Franklin High School tomorrow





The Benjamin Franklin High School Falcons will start the 2018-2019 academic school year with significant and much-needed improvements to the athletics facilities thanks to the generosity of the Brees Foundation, the NFL,and others.

Dr. Patrick Widhalm, Franklin’s Head of School, will host Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints owners Gayle Benson, and Saints executives for a ceremonial ground breaking (2001 Leon C Simon Dr, New Orleans, LA 70122) on Wednesday, May 30th at 4 p.m.

“We are thrilled to be able to begin Phase 1A of our facilities masterplan. With funding in place, current locker rooms will be renovated and modernized, and the “temporary” support building on the field will be replaced by a brand new concession stand, press box, and restrooms building. Future enhancements will include field improvements and the installation of lights for night games,” says Dr. Widhalm. “I guess it is not often that you see the Saints supporting the Falcons, that is the Franklin Falcons!”

Franklin has consistently ranked as the top academic school in the state of Louisiana, recently named as the 28th best charter school in the country by the U.S. News & World Report. The renovation will bring the sports complex to a level commensurate with Franklin’s outstanding academic programs.

Partners in this project include The Brees Dream Foundation, The Keller Family Foundation, The National Football League Foundation, The RosaMary Foundation, The Benjamin Franklin Athletic Association, The Benjamin Franklin High School Alumni Association, Mr. and Mrs. Morris K. Moss, Mr. Zachary K. Lemann, Ms. Dolly Malik and Mr. Stephen Tyler, The U.S. Soccer Foundation, Mr. Mark Baum ’77, Architect and Chair of Advocates for Academic Excellence in Education Facilities Committee, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Davis, Lamarque Ford, Mercedes-Benz of Mobile, Trapolin-Peer and VMDO Architects, Jason Trosclair, Good Sports, Inc., and Riddell.

The ceremony will be followed by a private reception. For more information contact Mrs. Christy Read, ’89, Development Director, at 504-286-2615 or visit Franklin’s website at


Benjamin Franklin High School, New Orleans’ most outstanding public charter school, has been preparing students for success through academic achievement since it was founded in 1957. Consistently ranked as a “top public high school in the nation” by U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, and Business Week, Franklin has received the highest School Performance Score in Louisiana, making it the #1 public school in the state, year after year. Franklin is repeatedly named a National Blue Ribbon School, producing Presidential and National Merit Scholars each year. The exceptional students, faculty and staff of Benjamin Franklin High School are the best and the brightest of New Orleans.

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