A Message From Our New Principal:


February 18, 2014

Greetings Parents and Families of Marion-Franklin High School,

I am Danielle E. Woods, Ph.D., your new Interim Principal at Marion-Franklin High School. I am overjoyed to begin the second half of the school year at MFHS, and look forward to meeting all students, staff, parents, and community members. 

I have experienced the most heartfelt welcome here at Marion-Franklin and I have come to understand that the message above our entryway stating that “THROUGH THESE DOORS PASS THE MOST COURTEOUS STUDENTS IN THE NATION” is the absolute truth.  February 3rd was my official first day. I was warmly greeted by several kind students and staff members as soon as I walked through the door.  I know this is a challenging time for everyone, and I want the entire Marion-Franklin Family to know that I appreciate their welcoming spirit.

As I make this transition to Marion-Franklin High School, I am aware of the anticipation and eagerness that accompanies new leadership.  Change has the ability to provoke both excitement and anxiety.  I plan to spend my first several months learning about our school and all of its history and traditions.  I eagerly anticipate getting to know the MFHS community, and learning about your aspirations for our school.  What is important to us about Marion-Franklin High school?  How do we practice South Side Pride? What are we most proud of? Where do we want to go?

I am very passionate about the high school years.  Most of my administrative and professional years have been spent working with students and staff of this age group.  In addition, I earned my Ph.D. in Education Administration from the College of Education Policy & Leadership from The Ohio State University.  I have spent my entire professional career working in the City of Columbus and consider my roots firmly planted in this great city.  I have been a Red Devil fan for many years and am thrilled with the opportunity to lead such a great educational institution.

I have been charged by district administration to make “Providing a high-quality education to every student at MFHS” my main focus.  To support this goal, I will work with the MFHS staff to provide all of our students a safe and supportive learning environment.  Working together as a team with our staff and parents, I am committed to helping each student achieve their personal best.  

I am excited to begin this journey with you and your family. I look forward to supporting all students as they strive to attain their educational goals. I am already looking forward to Graduation on May 31st and beyond.  Throughout the year our school website, periodic calendars, and newsletters, etc. will provide you with the most up to date information concerning our school.  However, many times you will have questions.  Please do not hesitate to contact me or any of our teachers at 614-365-5432.

 Thank You Kindly,

 Danielle E. Woods, Ph.D., Interim Principal Marion-Franklin High School


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Academic Brief

Problem of Practice:
Marion-Franklin's Problem of Practice is to increase rigor in both teaching and learning every day.  Students will be engaged daily, will be better prepared for tests, and will have a better understanding of the content being taught.  Deep learning and the development of higher level thinking skills will be developed in each student.  Students will make the connections and will be better prepared for college..

Learning Target:
Staff will provide rigorous lessons so that students can master the Common Core by using the ACT Quality Core Standards.

Key Practices:
High Expectations- Setting higher expectations and getting more students to meet them.
Career/Technical Studies- Increasing access to intellectually challenging career/technical studies, with a major emphasis on using high-level mathematics, science, language arts, and problem solving skills in the modern workplace and in preparation for continued learning.
Academic Studies- Increasing access to academic studies that teach the essential concepts from the college preparation curriculum by encouoraging students to use academic content and skills to address real world projects and problems.
Program Study- Having students complete a challenging program of study with an upgraded academic core and a major.

The following collaborations are provided to students for academic success:

  • Freshman Success Academy
  • Smaller Learning Communities
  • Peer Mediation and tutoring
  • Career Academies
  • Partnership with Battelle for Kids (formative instructional practices)
  • AVID (advancement via student determination)
  • Link Crew
  • MFHS Business Consortium
  • MFHS Civic Association

Marion-Franklin High School Mission Statement

Our Mission is to provide the quality education that all students will need for successful living in the the 21st century.


Marion-Franklin has received a bronze medal from U.S. News and World Report magazine as one of the nation's top high schools

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Principal: Interim Principal Danielle E. Woods, Ph.D.
(614) 365-5432
1265 Koebel Road
Columbus, OH    43207
School Email: marionfranklinhs@columbus.k12.oh.us