IPS Veteran Principal to Lead Crispus Attucks Indianapolis Public Schools is proud to announce new leadership at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School to begin the coming school year.

Lauren Franklin, a long-time member of the IPS family, will bring her innovative vision and strong leadership skills to Crispus Attucks.

Franklin is a graduate of Broad Ripple High School, with an undergraduate degree from DePauw University and Masters Degrees from Butler University and Indiana Wesleyan University. Her career with IPS began as a Professional Development Support Team Member in 1998, before beginning her 8-year tenure teaching at Rousseau McClellan School 91. She served in leadership roles at John Marshall, Forest Manor, Harshman Middle School and Emmerich Manual High School. She then became Principal at Francis W. Parker School 56 in 2010. Under Franklin’s leadership, Francis W. Parker shifted from an “F” rated school to an “A” rated school.

Franklin spent the 2014-15 school year as a Mind Trust Innovation Network Fellow, where she researched and planned a new, Montessori-inspired school.
This isn’t Franklin’s first experience with the Crispus Attucks community; she served as a member of the Crispus Attucks Center Advisory Board from 2006-2008. She’s also the founder of a mentoring program – Girl Talk – that helps to spread positive messages to young women in our neighborhoods.

A diverse panel of community viewpoints, including school partners and Crispus Attucks alumni, took part in the selection process for the school’s new leader.
“Lauren has a long history as a member of the IPS family,” said Magnet Learning Community Academic Improvement Officer Greg Newlin, “and we know that speaks volumes to our families. Mix that with her proven track record and her creative leadership style, and we’re looking at a lot of promise for the future of Crispus Attucks.”

We are excited to see the amazing outcomes for the students, staff, and families of Crispus Attucks as we enter this new chapter in the school’s rich history!