District History

  • History of the Northampton Area School District
     
    In 1922, Northampton was the center of the world’s cement industry.  The Atlas Portland Cement Company was the world’s largest cement producer and contributed to projects such as the Panama Canal, the Empire State Building, and the Holland Tunnel just to name a few.  Many German, Austrian, Slovaks, Polish and other Eastern European immigrants came to the area to work in the cement plants.  Individuals within the Northampton Area School District worked long hours to support their families.  They took pride in their schools and community because they endeavored to provide their children with the education they were unable to achieve.

    The Northampton Area School District athletic teams were composed of tough blue collar young men and women.  They were referred to as the Konkrete Kids.  In honor of the immigrants, the spelling of concrete was changed to konkrete, the spelling as it appears in the German language.  The Konkrete Kids name was solidified when the football team carried their gear in cement bags from the Atlas Cement Company.  In addition, the Borough of Northampton is home to the Atlas Cement Museum, a tribute to the cement industry of the area.

    Northampton Area School District is located in the heart of the Lehigh Valley.  Covering 97.3 square miles in Northampton County, the school district is comprised of the boroughs of Bath, Chapman, and Northampton; and the townships of Allen, East Allen, Lehigh and Moore.  The population of the district is more than 38,500.

    The school district is located 10 miles from the cities of Allentown and Bethlehem, 70 miles from Philadelphia and 90 miles from New York City.  There is easy access to major roadways, including the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Interstate 78, Route 22, Route 145, Route 329 and Route 248.

    The District currently serves approximately 5,500 students through four elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school.