Franklin Picks Lightning for Mascot

Shout it out for the Franklin High Lightning.

The southeast Portland school has made a decision on the likely name for their new mascot.

A selection committee has picked Lightning over two other finalists, the Ambassadors and the Thunderbolts. The school board is expected to vote on the nickname in June.

Franklin had to cut its old nickname – Quakers – when the board updated school naming policies last year, forbidding names deemed discriminatory or too religious.

The Lightning keeps a connection with Benjamin Franklin, the school’s namesake.

“Something that we felt to be very important part of the process is the connection Ben Franklin to the mascot name, and so knowing the impact he’s had regards to his experiments, in particular with electricity and lightning, we thought it was a definite connection,” said Principal Chris Frazier.