Novato High School

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Novato High School
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625 Arthur St.
Novato, CA
North Marin County
Novato, CA, Marin County, 94947
United States
School type Public, comprehensive high school
School district Novato Unified School District
Oversight WASC
Superintendent Shalee Cunningham
CEEB Code 052170
Principal Matt Baldwin, Twitter: @nhsprincipal34 (#nhshornetpride)
Assistant Principals Ella Steinberg
Jennifer Nickl
Rob Celli
Number of students 1,500
School color(s) Black & Gold
Athletics wrestling, tennis, soccer, lacrosse, cheerleading, football, water polo, swimming, track and field, baseball
Mascot Hornets
Team name Novato Hornets
Rival San Marin Mustangs
School fees No Fee, Public Education
Tuition Free

Novato High School (NHS) is a high school located in Novato, California, in Marin County.


Built in 1955 and founded in 1957, it is one of two comprehensive high schools in the Novato Unified School District, the other being San Marin High School.


Since the mid-1980s the school's student population has ranged from 1000-1200 students. As of 2012, the demographic distribution is Caucasian (58.1%), Hispanic (26.4%), Asian/Other Asian (7.2%), African American (5.4%), and Pacific Islander (1.3%).


NHS rests on a thirty-eight acre site, with two gymnasiums, a Lecture Hall/Performing Arts Center, three computer centers, a library with a computer lab, dance studio, weight room, a wing for visual art classrooms, and a wing for music classrooms. Outdoor facilities include tennis courts, basketball courts, softball and baseball diamonds, a recently built turf football stadium with a track, soccer field, and a swimming pool.

One of the most exciting aspects of the climate and culture of the school is the dynamic Leadrship class (ASB). Another student led organization on campus is the Link Crew that will begin during the 2015-16 school year. Link Crew has 11 and 12 grade students act as mentors and role models for the incoming 9 grade class to help in the transition from middle to high school.


Novato High School has several comprehensive academic program including college preparatory courses, Honors and Advanced Placement classes, fine and performing arts classes, and industrial arts courses. Novato High School also provides support services such as the English Language Development (ELD) Programs for those students who require additional resources. Advanced Placement offerings include: AP Music Theory, AP Art History, AP Human Geogrpahy, AP European History, AP US History, AP Government, AP Economics, Calculus AB/BC, AP Biology, AP Physics, Honors Chemistry, AP Stats, AP Language, AP Literature, 9 and 10 grade Honors English, AP Art, and AP Spanish.

Performing and Visual Arts[edit]

Teaching staff work with administration during faculty meetings, where open discussion about school issues take place. In addition, NHS has extensive parent involvement, via the Marin School of the Arts (MSA) Boosters, Sports Boosters, English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC), Parent Teacher Association (PTSA), Drama Boosters, Site Leadership Team, and Parent Beautification Committee, among others. Marin School of the Arts has many notable programs, including Dance, Theater, Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Film, and a music program that includes 3 jazz bands, a concert band, a symphonic band, and chamber and rock groups. MSA was founded in 2003.


Varsity sports teams of note include football, lacrosse, volleyball, wrestling, track, soccer, baseball, basketball, and water polo. The football program has won four California sectional (North Coast Section) titles in the last six years (2002, 2005, 2006 & 2007).[1]On Dec. 9th, 2007 The Varsity Football Team was elected to play in California's Div. II State Championship and lost to Oceanside of San Diego, 28-14 in Carson, CA. The boy's soccer team came in first in the North Coast Section tournament for the first time in school history in 2007 beating Marin Catholic 1-0. The baseball program recently won the North Coast Section championship in the spring of 2007.[2] The girl's basketball program won the California state Div. II championship in the 1986 season, in which they went undefeated, 35-0.[3] The Novato High School Varsity Water Polo team received third place at the county level (Marin County Athletic League) in 2005 and 2006.[citation needed]. Coordinates: 38°05′23″N 122°34′22″W / 38.08972°N 122.57278°W / 38.08972; -122.57278[4] The boy's lacrosse program has won three (MCAL) county championships, once in 2005 and again in 2011, and once more in 2013. In 2013, they went on to go to the North Coast Section (NCS), where they once again met Redwood, this time in the championship, where they lost.[5] The varsity wrestling team won the MCAL league title in 2012, which hadn't happened since 1993. The 1969 wrestling team, coached by the "Father of Marin wrestling", Ralph Cutler, won the NorCal championship tournament led by undefeated twin brothers, Ken & Kirt Donaldson. The Donaldson's were named Co-Outstanding Wrestlers, and subsequently attained NCAA Division I All-American status for the USAF Academy in 1971. Three sport athlete Paul Robertson, was the 141 lbs. NorCal wrestling champion in 1970. World famous sailor John Kostecki attended Novato H.S. Novato quarterback Mike Moroski went on to play at UC Davis and was their first quarterback to achieve active status in the NFL. He played for Atlanta (1979-84), Houston (1985) and San Francisco (1986), and coached at UC Davis 1987-2012 before being named the head coach for College of Idaho on January 9, 2013. Additionally, Moroski was a star pitcher for the Novato and the UC Davis baseball teams, and was enshrined into the UC Davis Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985.

Notable People who graduated from Novato High School[edit]

Yvonne Cagle, M.D., NASA Astronaut graduated from Novato High School in 1977. World famous sailor John Kostecki attended Novato H.S. (Jack Kane aka Amory Kane) MCA, CBS recording artist. Class of 64. Recorded w Bowie, Page, Frampton. Executive Chef @ Sam's Anchor, Sea Ranch Lodge, Frogmorton's, Moonraker. As video director, received multiple BACE,WAVE, other cable awards. Also, Brad Muster played for the San Francisco 49ers and Brent Moore played for the Green Bay Packers.