Leslie West went to Forest Hills High School, a public secondary school in Queens, New York. The Ramones, Burt Bacharach and Paul Simon also attended the same school. Leslie West recalled to us
: "The Ramones, they were younger than me, but Johnny Ramone lived across the street from me when I lived in Forest Hills. Before they were a group, he wanted to be our roadie. I didn't graduate, by the way."