North School has been a part of Hermosa Beach since the 1920s.
In Hermosa Beach's history, the community has had five grammar schools and , according to the book Hermosa Beach, written by photojournalist Chris Miller and Jerry Roberts.
The other schools were South, North, , and Prospect Heights, according to the book.
North Elementary School was built on the west end of Valley Park in 1923, and "controversy… centered on the land between North School and Hermosa Valley Park," reported the Los Angeles Times on June 15, 1958.
A land exchange was made that year when the Hermosa Beach School Board agreed to give up the undeveloped property near the school to the Parks and Recreation Commission.
North School then was once considered for closing in hopes of moving all students and administrators to Valley, reported the Los Angeles Times on December 21, 1986. The proposal never passed the school district.
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