London Central Elementary High School

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London Central Elementary High School was a United States Department of Defense Dependents School (DoDDS) in the Isles District of DoDDS Europe for pupils in kindergarten through grade 12. It operated from 1951 until 2007.

LCEHS fell under the command of the U.S. Naval Activities in the United Kingdom (COMNAVACTUK).


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London Central High School (commonly known as "LCHS" or just "Central") was established in 1951 at Bushy Park, in south west London, for students in grades 7 through 12. Subsequent base closures led to two moves: to Bushey Hall in 1962, and to RAF Daws Hill, its final location, in 1971.

For the 2006–2007 school year, LCHS merged with West Ruislip Elementary School, which had closed in the spring of 2006.[1] Consequently, it accommodated grades K-12 and "elementary" was added to the school's name. At the time of its closing, LCEHS was the last remaining DoDDS school with dormitories.


The USNAVEUR Headquarters were relocated from London to Naples, Italy in 2007. As a result, RAF Daws Hill, along with other naval installations in the area, was scaled down and eventually closed. LCHS staged a formal closing ceremony on May 15, 2007 and locked its doors for the last time in June 2007, with a handover of keys back to the US Navy/RAF on 30 June.

Former notable students include the three founders of the band America, singer Bo Bice, actress April Grace, actor Charlie Baker, Canadian actor Paul Miller[disambiguation needed], author Robert Davenport,[2] Major General Buford Blount III, Major General Darryl W. Burke, Lieutenant General Thomas C. Waskow, NASA astronaut and oceanographer Megan McArthur, Mississippi Supreme Court Judge Charles Easley, guitarist and producer Jerry Donahue, and columnist Dale Van Atta.

A book about London Central High School entitled From the Faculty Lounge[3] was published in 2007 and features memories of the school in all three of its locations from around 35 former principals, teachers and staff.

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Coordinates: 51°37′01″N 0°44′46″W / 51.617°N 0.746°W / 51.617; -0.746