Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School (MCCES) began as the Pigeon and Flag Handler Platoon in 1932. On October 5, 1942, it was activated as the Signal School under the Signal Battalion in Quantico, VA. In 1943 the school moved to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, remaining there until the end of WWII offering 15 courses in the communications field. In August 1946 the school relocated to Camp Del Mar on Camp Pendleton, CA. In December 1949 the Signal School was re-designated as Signal and Tracked Vehicle School Battalion. In 1950, coinciding with the Korean War, the school moved to Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, CA and renamed to Signal School Battalion. During this time, the school added technician and repairmen training and in 1953, the school was re-designated to Communication-Electronics School Battalion.
In 1963 the school began its relocation to Marine Corps Base, California with the move of Companies C and E. In February 1971 the school was re-designated to its current title of Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School. During this time an officer training course was developed for air defense officers with the school training over 5000 Marines annually. In 1975 Company B relocated from Camp Pendleton, completing the move of the school and establishing the largest formal school in the Marine Corps. In 2002 the Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) re-designation of data systems marines from the 40 occupational fields into the 06 occupational field was completed. In 2003 Company D merged into Company B and was dissolved. In 2005 the average student population was 1,240 with the school conducting 44 separate courses and producing 37 MOS's. 303 classes are scheduled annually varying from 2 to 54 weeks in duration. This represents upwards of 25,000 academic days per year with MCCES graduating nearly 6,500 personnel annually. MCCES has played a vital role in the Marine Corps' combat readiness, recognized as such in the form of unit awards which include; the American Campaign Streamer, World War II Victory Streamer, National Defense Service Streamer with three Bronze Stars, Meritorious Unit Commendation with three Bronze Stars, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Streamer. In 2006 MCCES consisted of a Headquarters Company and three training companies / schools which were: Company A (Communication-Electronics Maintenance School), Company B (Tactical Communications Training School), Company C (Air School). The on board average student population was 1042. The school conducted 56 separate courses which produced 35 MOS's, 51 of these courses were conducted at the Formal Learning Center and 5 by Mobile Training Teams. In 2011 MCCES absorbed the Communication School, MCB, Quantico, Virginia, Marine Detachment Fort Gordon, Georgia, Low Altitude Air Defense School, Fort Bliss, Texas and Marine Corps Representative, Sheppard AFB, Texas. MCCES continues to carry out its primary mission to train personnel in the fields of operational communications, communication-electronics maintenance, and air control / anti-air warfare operations. In 2013 Air Control Training Squadron (ACTS) was activated under MCCES. The former Company C was re-designated as Detachment Bravo and the former Company A was designated as Detachment Alpha under the ACTS, reportable to the Commanding Officer, MCCES. In 2014 the Communication School moved from Quantico, Virginia to Twenty-nine Palms, California. In accordance with Marine Corps Bulletin 5400 18 December 2014 Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School reorganized into a Command Element, a Headquarters Company, an Air Control Training Squadron and a Communication Training Battalion.