Bob Love often says that he and his wife, Nancy, found Northfield in 1993. They founded Northfield in that year too. Bob compares this discovery to Jesus of Nazareth's parable of treasure hidden in a field.
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field."
Bob and Nancy found the Liberal Arts, a few teachers, a handful of students, and they bought that field and went to work. Northfield is a field with treasure of immeasurable value, and every Northfield student has the opportunity to find this treasure in their time at Northfield with the Liberal Arts and each other.
Northfield, initially named the Learning Alternative, was built upon a rich legacy of alternatives. The Love family has long championed educational and parental choice in Wichita, Kansas. Bob and Nancy recognized a need for a Liberal Arts education in their community, and wanted to provide this choice.
Amongst twenty students, five teachers, one headmaster, a string of spare rooms in an old factory and the Liberal Arts, Northfield School was born. Initially, the school served the children of Love Box Company employees, the manufacturing plant to which the school was attached. As parents realized this choice in their community, Northfield's population soon diversified.
In 2003, Philip and Becky Elder assumed the legacy of the school. Since this time, the school has gone through transitions in location, curriculum and people while keeping the Liberal Arts choice alive in our community and continuing to send prepared scholars into the world beyond our place.