NHS Grads: Where Are They Now?
By Nick Jackson
As another school year passes at Novato High, we are seeing another group of seniors leave for college and move on to the rest of their lives. At this time, I have began looking back at some of our alumni and caught up with some notable Novato High graduates.
Novato High has had many memorable graduates.
Kevin Cleary attended Novato High from 1980 to 1983, and is currently the CEO of Clif Bar, a very successful energy bar company.
“Immediately after high school, I attended Monterey Peninsula Junior College, I played football there,” Cleary explained. “In high school I knew that i wanted to lead a company, it’s a lot like leading a team. What makes Clif Bar a successful company is similar to what makes a team successful: commitment, passion, and we are undeterred.”
Novato High has also produced many talents in the athletic world.
Mike Moroski attended Novato High (Class of ‘75) and went on to be a NFL quarterback for 8 seasons. Moroski started for the San Francisco 49ers in 1986.
“I was drafted out of UC Davis by the Atlanta Falcons in 1979. I was a journeyman QB for 8 seasons (the last was with the 49ers in 1986). That was amazing. The NFL had some jerks but for the most part, the guys were great people - very hard working and very intelligent,” Moroski explained via email.
When asked what he would change if he could go back to high school, Moroski said, “I would laugh a little more, be a little more humble, work a little harder, be a little more thankful.”
1999 Novato High graduate, Eric Lucan has been on the Novato city council since 2011, and was the mayor in 2014.
“I stayed local the first couple of years after high school while I pursued a degree in Theology,” Lucan said, when asked what he did immediately following high school. “My degree opened up opportunities to travel internationally, where I spent 6 months working/serving in the Congo in my early twenties.”
Lucan had some words of wisdom to share with current Novato High students.
“Be yourself. You're an original and we need more authenticity!” Lucan exclaimed via email.
Former Swarm reporter Lily Munsee is pursuing a journalism major at University of Nevada-Reno. Munsee wrote about some very newsworthy topics in the inaugural year of The Swarm, including phone app addiction and prom costs.
“My love for journalism came from Novato High. I learned that I loved to write in MSA creative writing, and then I learned to channel that love into a career path with journalism class,” Munsee explained.
Novato High School has had many remarkable graduates, and The Swarm wishes good luck to those graduating this year.