Mike Kroplin is an outstanding member of the second generation of the Kroplin family to star at Napa High School. He was a three-sport star in baseball, basketball and football. As a junior, he was chosen the outstanding junior athlete by the Napa Senior High Blue “N” Gold. In 1959, Kroplin was Captain of the football team, leading rusher, leading pass receiver, leading scorer, Most Valuable Player and first-team All-Coast. He was also selected to play on the North Bay League Section I All-Star football team in 1959, and was named to the National High School All-American football team by Wigwam Wiseman Football Committee. Kroplin was a member of the Student Council and Block N Club at Napa High. He very capably followed in the footsteps of his father, Elmer “Babe” Kroplin and his uncle Bill Kroplin who were star athletes at Napa High in the 1930s.