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2018 Franklin-Simpson Hall of Fame Class Named

2018 Franklin-Simpson Hall of Fame Class Named


Community is invited to celebration to honor 2018 HOF Inductees April 26th at FSHS

Simpson County Schools and Franklin-Simpson High School will be celebrating the induction of the sixth class in the Franklin-Simpson Hall of Fame on Thursday, April 26, 2018.  The event is being held at FSHS starting at 5 PM.  We will begin the induction ceremony at 5:30 PM in the Commons Area adjacent to our new gymnasium.  A reception will follow the ceremony.  We invite you to join us as we celebrate our school community’s rich heritage and these distinguished recipients of the Hall of Fame recognition.


The Franklin-Simpson Hall of Fame 2018 Inductees:

Don Halcomb, Businessman, Farmer and former School Board and SBDM Council Member

Lemuel Johnson, Businessman

Mary Lou Mathews, Retired Educator

Charlie McCutchen, Sr., Businessman and Former County Magistrate

Dave Wagner, NASA  Rocket Scientist


FSHS and the Simpson County Schools have a rich history and many alumni who have distinguished themselves, as well as many others who have made significant contributions to our school system.  Last April, we celebrated the induction of the fifth class of the Franklin-Simpson Hall of Fame with a ceremony which recognized Educator and Coach – Hugh Crowdus (posthumous), Attorney – Tim Crocker, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineer – Ronald Henderson, Doctor of Nursing Practice – Debbie Drake-Davis, and Busineesman and former Professional Athlete – Lester Boyd. 


Previous inductees include:

Physician Dr. David Patterson 

Kentucky Educational Leader Dr. Leon Mooneyhan 

PGA Professional Golfer Kenny Perry 

Former FSHS Principal and current Franklin Mayor Ronnie Clark

Entrepreneur and Businessman Brad Kelley

Actress Annie Potts

Former English Teacher Mary Ann Fleming Copas

Football Coach Joe “Joker” Phillips  

Educator and Coach Denver Bell

Inventor and Educator Dr. Frank Etscorn 

Educational Administrator Joe Phillips

The Voice of the Wildcats and former Simpson County Jailer James Mooneyhan.

Businessman and City Commissioner Larry Dixon 

Executive Director of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights John J. Johnson

Retired Educators Joe and Ann Rose Richards 

Executive Director of the Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce, Businessman, and “Mr. Wildcat” Steve Thurmond.   


“We look forward to celebrating this exceptional class of inductees with a wonderful ceremony and reception in their honor,” said Superintendent Jim Flynn.  “We enjoy dedicating a special time to celebrate our graduates who have distinguished themselves and others who made an indelible mark on our school system.”

Annually, the school district will add another class to the Hall of Fame, which will be located in the Commons Area of FSHS, which is a beautiful area to highlight the Hall of Fame Inductees.


The rules for nominations to the Franklin-Simpson Hall of Fame:

Graduates of any Simpson County School will be considered.  Non-graduates and graduates from outside Simpson County will be considered based on extraordinary contribution to the Franklin-Simpson community.

Nomination shall include the completed nomination form and may include up to 5 letters of recommendation (no more than 2 pages), and any other documentation deemed appropriate (not to exceed 5 pages). 

A nomination shall be considered for a three-year period or until induction, whichever occurs first.  A nominee not selected during the three-year period may be re-nominated for additional three-year periods.

The selection committee will be appointed by the superintendent of schools on a yearly basis.

The selection committee will determine the number of inductees each year.

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