Northrup Elementary School is one of eighteen schools in the Alhambra Unified School District of Los Angeles County. The District has thirteen K-8 schools, three comprehensive high schools, and an alternative high school. The District is located approximately ten miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the western San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County. The District serves approximately 19,100 students in the cities of Alhambra, Monterey Park, San Gabriel, and Rosemead. The District also serves approximately 18,000 students at over twenty sites in the community.
Northrup Elementary School is located at 409 South Atlantic Blvd. in the city of Alhambra. It first opened on January 3, 1950.
Northrup Elementary School was named for Judge William M. Northrup, also known as “Mr. Alhambra”. During his years of service to the city he filed papers of incorporation creating the city of Alhambra in 1903. Judge Northrup left a bequest in his will to provide a desk stand and an American flag for each eighth grader at promotion exercise. In 1974 this fund became exhausted.