Secondary schools in Central London

Central's History

London Central Secondary School is located at the corner of Dufferin Avenue and Waterloo Street in downtown London.

Being the oldest school in the city, Central has a history that can be traced back to a Grammar School of 1826-1926 near the forks of the Thames River. When this Grammar School became too small, a Union School was erected. The Union School was renamed Central School in 1865; however, the school was razed in 1890 when other schools were able to accommodate Central students.

London Collegiate Institute was constructed on our present site in 1877; the school was destroyed by fire in 1920.

In 1922, the new London Central Collegiate Institute was officially opened. It was enlarged in 1962 and again in 1968. Central celebrated its centennial in 1977. Construction of an addition including new weight room, elevator and conference room was completed in August 1993. Further extensive renovations took place during 1995-1996 which fully modernized Central’s building, made it fully wheelchair accessible and incorporated a school-wide computer network for students. In addition to a full selection of academic courses, Central is also the site of the Forest City special education program.


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