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About The School

NHS’s vision for its students:  
NHS will promote a passion for learning that inspires critical thinking, communication, creativity, collaboration, cultural competency and character.

NHS’s mission:   
NHS designs ­­relevant and authentic learning opportunities so students learn to collaborate and communicate effectively, think critically, and develop cultural competency and character.

At Novato High School, we are a high-performing academic institution with a wide-variety of clubs and activities for our students.  Our MSA (Marin School of the Arts)  has over 500 students a year studying Theatre Arts, Music Theatre, Dance, Vocal Music, Creative Writing, Visual Arts, and Cinema.  We aim to create a rigorous, relevant, authentic learning experience for all students.   Students also plan for their future through the Medical Careers Pathway, which allows students to take College of Marin classes.   The North Bay Innovation program is a radically personalized project-based instructional program that began in 2017.   All of these programs are audition-based.  

Novato High School (NHS) is located in the heart of the city of Novato thirty miles north of San Francisco along Highway 101. The entire staff at Novato High School is dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of the students and the greater community through innovation, pursuit of excellence and rigorous review of student data using the latest trends in education.

The school, built in 1957, is the older of two comprehensive high schools in the Novato Unified School District.  Novato High School is situated on a thirty-eight acre site, with a total of fifty-six classrooms and labs, two gymnasiums, a performing arts center, five computer labs, library, dance studio, weight room, and innovative new Production Studio.  Outdoor facilities include tennis courts, basketball courts, softball and baseball diamonds, a football stadium, a soccer field, and a swimming pool.  These facilities are utilized by students, and groups from the greater community

The School Athletics

Congrats to our Championship Hornets Teams

  • 2018 State & NCS Champion Girls Lacrosse Team (#8 in the USA)
  • 2018 National Champions Cheer and Dance Team
  • 2018 State and Regional Champions Cheer and Dance Team
  • 2017 State & NCS Champions Girls Lacrosse
  • 2017 Regional Champions in Cheerleading
  • 2016 Girls Tennis 2nd Place in CIF-NCS Individual Singles
  • 2016 State & NCS Champions Girls Lacrosse
  • 2016 National Champions in Cheerleading
  • 2015 NCS Champions Girls Lacrosse
  • 2013 State Champion Carissa Madson in Girls Wrestling
    2013 NCS Championship Participant Boys Lacrosse (2nd place)
  • 2010 State Champion Courtney Madson in Girls Wrestling
  • 2007 NCS Boys Soccer Championship
    2007 NCS Champions Baseball
    2007 State Championship Participant Football (2nd place in State)
  • 1986 State Champions Girls Basketball


Bachelor’s Degree
Sonoma State University

Teaching Credentials
San Francisco State University

Master’s in Educational Leadership
California State University, Northridge

Administrative Credentials
California State University, Northridge

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year at Novato High School.  NHS has a reputation as one of the best comprehensive high schools in the state of California. For those that are new to NHS, I was born in raised in Ventura, CA. graduating from Ventura High School. I taught AP United States History for seven years at Westlake High School in Westlake Village, while also serving as the History Department Chair. In my 14 year career in education, I have served as a teacher, department chair, secondary RTI leader, Assistant Principal, and now Principal.

Our goal in 2016-17  is to create an environment that nurtures rigor, relevance and relationships in the classroom and campus wide, while asking students and staff to practice and demonstrate the 6 C’s (Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Cultural Competence, Character,  and Conscientious Learner).  The staff at Novato High School is excited to work with your student to help them compete in an exciting, always changing global society that demands their best.  Marin School of the Arts continues to be one of the premier Performing and Visual Art programs in the country with a broad spectrum of electives.  All of our students will have the opportunity to participate in exciting new programs like Physics of Making Things, Programming, Mandarin and Entrepreneurial Mindset (College of Marin on campus), AP Human Geography, Comparative Government, Micro-Economics and AP Art History.  Lastly we have robust and competitive athletic and extra-curricular activities at Novato High School. I am extremely fortunate to be working with such an extremely talented staff at Novato High School, and look forward to enhancing this great educational community while working toward producing 21st Century learners equipped with the skills necessary to be successful in any endeavor they choose. Go Hornets!

Matt Baldwin

Principal-Novato High School

Knowledge will bring you the opportunity to make a difference…
~Clare Fagin

Novato High School

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