Dick Lonergan*

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Dick Lonergan excelled in two sports for two years during his time at Napa High School. He was a sprinter on the track team and an end who played both ways on the football team. During his junior track campaign, Lonergan took first place in the NBL 220-yard dash and was part of the 880-relay team. He also placed second in the 100-yard dash. In his senior year, he contributed to Napa’s NBL-winning track team with a first place in the 440-yard dash, a spot on the first-place 880-yard relay team and a second place in the 220-yard dash. At the time of his graduation, Lonergan was one of three men in Napa High history to run the 440-yard dash in under 50 seconds. As a member of two Napa High football teams, Lonergan was an excellent offensive and defensive end. His speed made him an offensive threat feared by opponents and earned him All-NBL offensive end honors for the 1957 NBL Champion Indians. He was also named NBL and North Coast First Team defensive end and Napa’s Lineman of the Year. Lonergan was Napa High School Athlete of the Year in 1958. During his sophomore year in high school, Lonergan was a championship swimmer and a basketball player, in addition to his track and football participation. Lonergan was also active in student affairs. He served as Napa Jr. High ASB President and President of both his junior and senior classes. Lonergan retired in 2001 after 39 years in the Napa County Sheriff’s Office, where he rose to the position of Undersheriff. He was honored with a dinner in Napa by peace officers who came from all over the state to praise his public service.