About Northrop High School

Milton H. Northrop

Milton H. Northrop

Northrop High School is named for Milton H. Northrop, the first principal of North Side High School, serving from 1927 to 1953. Prior to opening North Side, he served as the head of the business department at Central High School for 11 years. He began his 37-year career in education at Kendallville High School. He was known as "Pop" or "Dad" and frequently read Bible verses during morning announcements. He urged students to discover that good citizenship and conscientious effort toward scholarship were the best guides to success.

Northrop offers Project Lead the Way - Engineering (PLTW) as its Program of Study. PLTW is a dynamic high school engineering program that provides real-world learning and hands-on experience to students interested in engineering, biomechanics, aeronautics and other applied math and science fields. PLTW courses use project-based and problem-based learning, creating an environment for applying engineering concepts to real problems. To learn more about the program, visit Project Lead The Way.

Northrop also offers four years of Chinese, French, German and Spanish. The school has an award winning marching band, show choir and speech team, among other extracurricular and fine art activities. Advanced Placement and dual credit courses with IPFW are available for juniors and seniors, and future teachers can participate in the Teaching Academy, a two-year program that gives students hands-on opportunities to explore teaching as a career.

The school was built in 1971. Students who attend Northrop come from Shawnee and Jefferson middle schools. The school is located in the Board of School Trustees District 1.

Northrop Statistics

List of Principals
Jason Witzigreuter 2016-present
Kevin Simmons 2014-2016
Barb Ahlersmeyer 2003-2014
Timon Kendall 1993-2003
Dr. E. Sharon Banks 1991-1993
Dr. H. Douglas Williams 1979-1991
Robert Gotta June 1979
Dr. Sandra Todd 1974-1979
H. Paul Spuller 1971-1974

Year Established: 1971
Mascot: Bruin
School Colors: Orange & Brown
Little Used Tertiary color: Teal
2015-2016 Enrollment 2300
Freshman Enrollment 650
Sophomore Enrollment 600
Junior Enrollment 550
Senior Enrollment: 500
Sports Classification: 6A Football
4A Basketball, Volleyball, Baseball, Softball, Soccer
Total State Championships: 
IHSAA Conference: Summit Athletic
Bruin Tales
  • According to some sources, the originally proposed colors for Northrop were Pink and Grey
  • The original proposed mascot was a mastodon

Northrop History

Northrop History

Northrop History

Northrop History