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Early Dawn elementary school was a pre-War elementary school located in Washington, D.C., located just north of the GNR building plaza. The player character must pass through the school during the Following in His Footsteps quest, as it is initially the only way to access the plaza.


On October 23, 2077, half of the school's student body, along with several teachers including Carrie Delaney, Mr. Cob, Claudia and Mr. Pollack, went on a field trip to the Little Lamplight caverns. In Carrie Delaney's holotape message, one learns they chose a good time to visit the caverns because the bombs started falling soon after. Some of the kids in the school were the original founders of the settlement Little Lamplight.


Much of the building has collapsed and decayed in the two centuries after the war, and by 2277, it is little more than a burnt-out structure filled with super mutants. Otherwise, inside there are rotting school desks, educational aids lying about, and one Nuka-Cola vending machine. However, its strategic location (one of the primary access points to Galaxy News Radio) resulted in it becoming a strong point in the Chevy Chase area.

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The school's layout is much the same in 2287, as part of the "Capital Wasteland Mercenaries" content. However, there are some item and placement changes, and the exits to the rest of Chevy Chase are blocked off. There is a weapons workbench along the western wall, and the corpse of Fisheye can be found on the top floor, next to a missile launcher and a duffle bag.

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Early Dawn Elementary appears in Fallout 3 and the Fallout 4 Creation Club content "Capital Wasteland Mercenaries."

Behind the scenesEdit

There is a poster close to the exit depicting the real world Duck and Cover video. The video was a civil defense social guidance film widely distributed to United States schoolchildren in the 1950s, instructing what to do in the event of a nuclear explosion.


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