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About Our District
 
The London City School District educates approximately 2,200 students in one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school on a centralized campus located just north of downtown London. The district is compriosed of 47 square miles and includes the City of London, the community of Lake Choctaw, and portions of Union, Deer Creek, Paint, and Oak Run Townships. The school district is bordered on the west by the Northeastern and Sourtheastern School Districts in Clark County, to the east by the Jefferson Local School District, to the south by Madison Plains Local School District, and to the north by the Jonathan Alder Local School District.
 
The current London High School opened in 1981 and completed renovations in 2011. The current site of London Elementary School was opened in 2004 and is directly adjacent and attached to London High School. The London Middle School opened the doors of its new facility in the fall of 2011 and is located directly across Elm Street from the other two buildings. The property for the Middle School was obtained in a land trade with the City of London. The City of London received all buildings and property at the downtown campus, the original site of the Central Building and old London High School. During the summer of 2011 the Board of Education office moved their offices to the second floor of the London Elementary building bringing the entire district to one campus.
Mission Statement
In our commitment to excellence, London City Schools will provide high quality education to prepare every student for life’s challenges and opportunities in an ever-changing world.
About our Community
 
Patrick McLene established the community of London in 1811 on land owned by John Murfin. It is unclear why residents named the town London. Many people believe that residents, many of whom were from Great Britain, named the town after London, England. Other people speculate that residents named the community after the London Company, which surveyed the land.

London grew slowly, having only 297 residents in 1840. By 1846, London only contained two churches, a private school, eight stores, and one newspaper office. Over the next several decades, London’s population grew dramatically. This growth was partly due to the completion of two railroads that passed through the town. By the late 1850s, London became a center of livestock auctions, attracting people from across the United States. In 1880, 3,067 people resided in London, with approximately one-third of these people being school-aged children. The number of town residents increased to 3,292 people by 1890. In 1886, London contained four newspaper offices, seven churches, and two banks.

Today, London is a growing city of approximately 11,000 residents and serves as the county seat of Madison County. It remains strategically located at the western edge of Metro Columbus. London has experienced continual, modest population growth throughout its history. While London serves as a bedroom community to Columbus, it is also home to several large employers including Stanley Electric, Nissen Chemtec America, and Madison Health. Agriculture has played an important role in London's past and conitnues to be important for future success.
 
You can learn more about London, Ohio by taking the city's community video tour.
 
Nike: "Find Your Greatness" Advertising Campaign
 
In 2012, London, Ohio was featured as part of a worldwide Nike advertising campaign in conjunction with the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. Nike Inc. launched its “Find Your Greatness” campaign, the centerpiece of which was a 60-second motivational piece that included footage taken in London, Ohio, which featured several London City Schools students. The film includes video of a London student running, a shot of the London, Ohio, water tower, wrestling scenes shot in the London High School gymnasium, and an exterior shot of the London Fire Department. The YouTube video went viral, with nearly 5 million views online, and appeared on TV in 25 countries during the Olympics in London, England (Credit: The Madison County Chamber of Commerce). 

 


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District Areas of Special Recognition
The London City School District has a rich history and has designated several areas of our campus in special recognition of members of our school and community, who have made significant contributions to our district. These areas include:
 
Carol Daniels Memorial
Located outside of London Elementary School, this monument is dedicated to preserving the memory of a 30 year teacher and administrator for London City Schools. In 2018, the London Elementary School and London Middle School music departments commissioned an original work entitled, "Here Inside You" in her honor. You can listen to the song sung by the LMS choir in 2018 here.
 
David Trent Music Room
Presented by the Class of 2005 to recognize a band director, who served LHS for 24 years.
 
Dorothea Reynolds Memorial Boulevard
A portion of Keny Road connecting London Middle School to State Route 38 was named in honor of Richard "Dick" Reynolds. A LCS graduate, Coach Reynolds was the winnest basketball coach in Ohio Athletic Conference history. When presented with an opportunity to name a road in his honor, Coach Reynolds deferred to his mother, whom he credited with successfully raising he and his siblings.
 
Jacob Froning Circle
The drive in front of London Elementary School and London High School is dedicated in honor of the Superintendent of Schools from 1984-1999.
 
Jacob J. von Kanel Field 
Located in Downtown London, the district's former football field was named in honor of a LHS teacher, coach, Athletic Director and Principal from 1929-1969.
 
Jim Bowlus Field
The district's Football Field is named in memory of a 27 year teacher, coach, and administrator.
 
J.J. Hartley Athletic Complex
Named in honor of a longtime teacher (1929-1942) and Superintendent of Schools (1943-1972).
 
Joyce Hildebrand Memorial Auditorium
Dedicated by Board action in April 2016. Employed at LCS from 1967-1991as an English, Speech, Drama, and American Government teacher. Directed of 150 plays for the Army Special Services, Madison Plains High School, London High School, and the London Community Theater. Inducted into the District Fine Arts Hall of Fame in 2016.
 
E.L. Sonny Wheeler Baseball Field
Dedicated 1999 to honor the founding chairman and lontime director of the London Area Baseball Council.
 
London Hometown Hall of Famer Plaque 
Posted at the front drive to London High School and as you enter the football stadium, the London Hometown Hall of Famer Plaque was presented to the district in 2013 by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in honor of London High School Graduate Dick LeBeau. After graduating from LHS, LeBeau played collegiately at The Ohio State University and has been active in the NFL for 59 years (14 as a player and 45 as a coach). He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.
 
Mildred Mylott Bowlus Tennis Complex Seating
Dedicated in May 2003 in order to honor the wife of Coach Jim Bowlus.
 
Ralph Cornwell Softball Field
Dedicated in 2005 out of respect for a 22 year special education teacher and coach.
 
Ray Chadwell Gymnasium
Dedicated in May 2007 honoring a 29 year veteran district teacher and administrator.
 
Terry Nance Track
Dedicated on October 6th, 2006 to recognize a longtime teacher, coach and Athletic Director, who worked at LCS from 1978-2010.
 
Click here to learn more and to take a vitual tour of these areas. 
 
London City Schools
District Office Address:
380 Elm St., 2nd Floor
London, Ohio 43140
District Office:
District Fax:
(740) 852-5700
(740) 845-3282
Elementary: (740) 845-3272
Middle School: (740) 852-5701
High School: (740) 852-5705
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