FS Hall of Fame Induction & Reception 2014

Simpson County Schools and Franklin-Simpson High School  celebrated the induction of the second class in the Franklin-Simpson Hall of Fame on April 25, 2014.  The event was held at FSHS .  Many alumni and community members gathered to celebrate our school community’s rich heritage and these distinguished recipients of the Hall of Fame recognition.

Franklin-Simpson Hall of Fame

The Franklin-Simpson Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees

Mary Ann Fleming Copas

*       Franklin-Simpson High School Class of 1955

The Copas family in support of inductee Mary Ann Copas.

The Copas family in support of inductee Mary Ann Copas.

*       1960 graduate of Western Kentucky University with degrees in English and French
*        Taught English, French and Journalism in F-S system for 27 years
*        Worked for the Department of Education and Kentucky Treasury Department in Frankfort, KY
*        Taught at Western Kentucky University
*        Directed school plays during her tenure at FSHS featuring student Annie Potts, who went on to star in television and film
*        Her English class is considered by many graduates of FSHS to be the key to their success in college and life


Brad Kelley

*       Franklin-Simpson High School Class of 1974
*        Secretary of FFA and Kentucky High School Conservationist of the Year
*        Founded Commonwealth Brands, a Kentucky tobacco company
*        Owner of historic Calumet Farm in Kentucky and Lonely Planet travel guidebook
*        Environmental and wildlife conservationist, supporting many species including rhino, tapir, wild cattle and antelope
*        Formerly largest shareholder of Churchill Downs
*        One of the largest landowners in the United States


Joe “Joker” Phillips, Jr.

  • The Phillips family supporting inductee Joker Phillips.

    The Phillips family supporting inductee Joker Phillips.

    Franklin-Simpson High School Class of 1981

  • Quarterback for 2 Class AAA State Championship Teams at FSHS in 1979 and 1980
  • Wide Receiver at University of Kentucky 1981-1984
  • Played for NFL Washington Redskins 1985 and 1987
  • Head football coach University of Kentucky 2010-2012
  • Long-time supporter and sponsor of youth football in Franklin-Simpson Schools

Annie Potts

 *      Franklin-Simpson High School Class of 1970
Received BA in theater from Stephens College
*        Has appeared in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway Productions
*        Appeared and created iconic roles in “GCB” and “Designing Women”
*        Appeared in numerous films including Ghost Busters I and II, Pretty in Pink, Lifetime’s FIVE, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Who’s Harry Crumb, King of the Gypsies, and Corvette Summer for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination
*        Voiced the memorable “Bo Peep” in Toy Story I & II

To see Annie Potts video, follow this link.  https://www.dropbox.com/l/SgPimOZmystQ3mutxT2pyH1


FSHS and the Simpson County Schools have a rich history and many alumni who have distinguished themselves, as well as many others who have made significant contributions to our school system.  In the Fall of 2012, it was announced the Franklin-Simpson Hall of Fame would induct its first class in 2013, which included Ronnie Clark, Dr. Leon Mooneyhan, Dr. David Patterson, and Kenny Perry.

“This is a time to celebrate our graduates who have distinguished themselves and others who made a difference for our school system,” said Superintendent Jim Flynn.  “We look forward to celebrating this class of inductees with a wonderful ceremony and reception in their honor.”
Annually, the school district will add another class to the Hall of Fame, which will be located in the Commons Area of FSHS, which is a beautiful area to highlight the Hall of Fame Inductees.