Northfield High School

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Northfield High School
1400 Division Street South

United States
TypePublic high school
MottoAcademics, Athletics, Arts, Excellence"
School districtIndependent School District 659
PrincipalJoel Leer
Enrollment1,290 (2016-17)[1]
Color(s)Maroon, Gold,          
RivalOwatonna High School

Northfield High School (NHS) is a comprehensive, public high school in Northfield, Minnesota, United States. The school was built in 1966, with additions in 1993 and 1997. The school hosts grades 9 - 12. As of 2013 there are 1,298 students and 77 faculty members. Northfield High School is known to have a rich tradition in academic excellence.[2]

The school is a part of Northfield Public Schools (ISD #659), and is affiliated with the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL). The school is a member of the Big 9 Conference.[3]


The first schoolhouse was built because of Ann North (wife of founder John W. North) less than a year after the town was founded. In 1910, a new high school was built for $90,000. This building was located right next to downtown Northfield. At the time it was considered the ideal school building. An auditorium was added in 1936, as well as an east wing/gymnasium in 1954. Even with the addition of the east wing, the population grew so large that the space the school could provide was not enough. To cope with space issues the high school was moved to its current location in 1966. The old high school building became the Northfield Middle School, until the middle school was moved next to the high school in 2004. The old middle school building is currently The Weitz Center for Creativity belonging to Carleton College. [4]


At Northfield High School, students attend seven class periods on a two semester schedule. Students are required to have a minimum of 23 credits to graduate. Some courses such as English, Social Studies, Science, and Math are required. Students also need Physical Education, Art, and Health. There are also many electives a student can choose from ranging in a variety of topics from Child Care and Development, to Business, to Auto Shop classes.

Advanced Coursework[edit]

Northfield High school offers sixteen Advanced Placement (AP) classes, and eleven Honors/Advanced Courses. Students have the choice of taking Advanced courses in many areas, such areas are History, Math, Science, and Art.[5]

LINK Program[edit]

Northfield High School has a Link Crew transition program, which strives to welcome the freshman class on the first day of school as well as continue to support them throughout their first year of high school. Link leaders are a group of Juniors and Seniors who apply for this position. Of the ones that are selected they undergo a vigorous training session, and are then assigned to a small group of incoming freshman students. They are with this same group of freshman for the entire school year. They meet with their group periodically throughout the year and also have a few different events that take place outside of the school day. The goal of Link Crew is to help students achieve academic success and to make personal connections with them.[6]

English Language Learners[edit]

Students whose primary language is not English are eligible for individualized instructional services. To be able to qualify for these services the student's parent or guardian has to indicate that the student's first language learned was a language other than English, the student must also score as having limited English proficiency on nationally normed assessments of their English skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.[7]

Extracurricular activities[edit]


There are many different sports teams to choose from. The sports are offered in three different seasons Fall, Winter, and Spring.[8]

Fall Sports[edit]

Fall sports include cheer team, cross country, football, boys'/girls' soccer, girls' swim and dive, girls' tennis, volleyball, and bowling.

Winter Sports[edit]

Winter sports include cheer team, dance team, alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, gymnastics, boy's/girls' basketball, boys'/girls' hockey, boys' swim and dive, weightlifting, and wrestling.

Spring Sports[edit]

Spring Sports include baseball, softball, track, boys' tennis, and boys' and girls' golf and boys' and girls' lacrosse.


Northfield High School offers band, choir, orchestra, and Jazz Band.


Northfield High School has an excellent drama department, every year there is a Fall play, a Spring play, and a One Acts festival. Every other year the fall play is a musical.


There are many different clubs for students to be involved in. Clubs include Chess team, Diversity club, Knowledge bowl, Math team, Mock trial, Music Listening team, Robotics team, Science Olympiad, Speech team, Student Council, National Honor Society, Ski club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and R.A.L.I.E.[9]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NORTHFIELD SENIOR HIGH". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  2. ^ "Northfield High School — Northfield Patch —". 2013-08-15. Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  3. ^ "Big 9 Conference".
  4. ^ Weeks, Emily (2011-07-11). "This Northfield Picture in History: Central High School - Around Town - Northfield, MN Patch". Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  5. ^ "At a Glance | Northfield High School". Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  6. ^ "LINK Program | Northfield High School". Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  7. ^ "English Language Learners | Northfield High School". Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  8. ^ "Sports | Northfield High School". Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  9. ^ "General Activities | Northfield High School". Retrieved 2013-08-19.

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