A.T. Mahan ES (formerly Iceland ES) History

Opened: 1951
Closed: 2006

The A.T. Mahan Elementary School was located at the U. S. Naval Station, Keflavik, Iceland. This NATO base was about thirty miles from Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. Navy and Air Force personnel were stationed at Keflavik.

The school, which was originally Iceland Elementary School, was named after Alfred Thayer Mahan. Admiral Mahan was a United States Naval Officer and historian. His books on sea power made him world-famous and perhaps the most influential American author of the nineteenth century.

The elementary school had grades kindergarten through six. The elementary and high school had one administration for both schools until the 1969-70 school year, and both schools were included in the yearbooks which began publication for the 1962-63 school year.

There isn’t any information available about the elementary school in the 1950’s. In the 1960’s the enrollment increased from 288 students for the 1964-65 school year to over 500 students in the 1969-70 school year.

For the 1981-82 school year, there were nineteen classroom teachers and thirteen auxiliary teachers for art, music, physical education, counselor, learning disabilities, speech therapy, reading improvement, gifted/talented, nurse, psychologist, librarian, A/V coordinator, and preschool. There were 550 students enrolled in the school. The school building included a gymnasium and multipurpose room.

The enrollment remained the same through the 1980’s. By the 1993-94 school year there were 675 students enrolled with twenty-two classroom teachers. The school now had a media center and a computer lab.

The school closed in 2006.


Information from school yearbooks and DoDDS School Information Guides

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