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1996 FHS Championship Teams Reunite, Honor ‘Legacy Of Gold’

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Daryn Plummer and Nick Solomon, left to right, co-organizers of the “Legacy of Gold” 20th anniversary event.


Members of several Franklin High School championship teams from the mid-1990s gathered at the school Nov. 22 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their achievements.

Organizers also used the event to debut a documentary on the winning seasons and to announce the reformation of the FHS Hal of Fame committee.

Honored were members of the 1995-96 boys’ basketball team, whose highest achievement was as Central Jersey Group III champions; the 1996-97 boys’ track team, also Group III champions; the 196-97 girls’ track team, state sectional group II champions; the 1996-97 varsity football team, Central Jersey Group III champions; the 1995-96 girls’ swim team, Group I, II and III state champions and the 1995-96 boys’ track team, the Central Jersey Group III sectional champions.

The documentary, filmed by FHS faculty member Mike Pinnix, features recaps of the championship seasons, plus interviews with athletes and coaches.

Event co-oranizer Daryn Plummer, a member of the championship football and track teams, said the idea of the gathering was to “bring people back, celebrate what we did and tie it into the athletes today, build a bridge to the future of Franklin athletics.”

“It’s shaping up to be a great thing,” he said.

A prior Hall of Fame committee disbanded about eight years ago, Solomon said, and he and Plummer decided to revive it.

“We just put the word out that there’s some work we have to do to pay some respect to former student athletes,” he said.

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