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Franklin Square, New York was formed out of Hempstead Plains in Nassau County, New York after the American Revolution. The land was purchased in 1643, but nothing of note occurred until President George Washington passed through the area in 1790, making note that the area was entirely treeless except for a few scraggly fruit trees. The town's next brush with fame came from Trimming Square school being led by schoolmaster Walt Whitman. The Franklin Square National Bank opened in 1926, and was the first bank to offer credit cards to its members. Though this bank is no longer around, Franklin Square was long a leader in the financial industry, also the pioneer of the drive up teller window, junior savings accounts, and no-smoking policies within banks. It is this history that prompted those living in Franklin Square to form the Franklin Square Historical Society, which wrote a book and opened a museum on Naple Avenue in the town. Four public elementary schools and two public junior senior high schools offer education to local students. Grades Kindergarten through Six can attend Polk Street School, Willow Road School, John Street School, or Washington Street School. From there, students can progress to the Valley Stream North Junior-Senior High School or the H. Frank Carey Junior-Senior High School. There are many programs for those living in Franklin Square, New York. Athletic programs for children include the Franklin Square Seminoles II baseball and softball club, Franklin Square Raiders soccer, Franklin Square Little League, and Franklin Square Warriors youth football program. Adults can participate in the Historical Society and the Chamber of Commerce. Many notable residents have been known to be living in Franklin Square, New York over the years. The music industry claims Rich Davis, a radio personality, country singer Lisa Matassa, music journalist and award-winning author Jeff Tamarkin, and radio and television host Sean Hannity. H. Frank Carey Junior-Senior High School graduated Michael J Massimino, who went on to study at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and become a NASA Astronaut. Major League Baseball player Al Weis is from Franklin Square, and so is Jenni JWoww Farley, of Jersey Shore fame.

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  • Covert Ave School
  • H. Frank Carey Jshs
  • John Street School
  • Polk Street School
  • Valley Stream North Hs
  • Washington Street School
  • Willow Road School

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