Croughton HS History

Opened: 1975
Closed: 1993

Croughton High School was housed in a modern complex which was opened in 1975. In the Fall of 1975, the high school buildings at Upper Heyford were used for middle school and the high school was moved to a new building at RAF Croughton. The High School was still called Upper Heyford High School until the end of the Spring semester in 1982. Beginning with the Fall semester of 1982, the school was officially renamed Croughton High School (CHS).

For the 1982-83 school year, the enrollment was approximately 350 students in grades nine through twelve. The school mascot was originally the Royals and, later, the Hadities; the yearbook was the Trident; and the school newspaper was The Imprint. The principal was Dr. Charles L. Recesso and the assistant principal was Blan Palmer. The school staff was thirty-five. That school year the school was UK champions in track, soccer, football and cross country. Other sports that year included wrestling, cheerleading, volleyball and basketball. The school had an Air Force JROTC program. The school had a band and chorus program. Other extracurricular programs included the Varsity Club, French club, National Honor Society, Model United Nations and Photography club.

The enrollment stayed between 350 and 400 students for the next several years as did the administration. Mrs. Mary Ann McCready became the AP in the fall of 1986, followed by Mr. Don Boepple in the fall of 1988.

In the 1988-89 year there were thirty teaching stations with special purpose rooms for auto mechanics, industrial arts, hobby, computer and other areas. The building was fully carpeted. There was a full extracurricular program. About fifty percent of the graduates went to college.

Softball was added to the sports for the 1990-91 school year and the school began participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the 1991-92 school year.

The enrollment dropped to approximately 270 students for the 1992-93 school year and Dr. Emma Siegel became the principal.

For the 1993-94 school year the schools at Croughton were consolidated into one unit school, Croughton American School. The unit school closed in 2020.


Information from school yearbooks, the DoDDS School Information Guide and Robin Kroyer-Kubiak

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