Joe Flax was a three-sport star at Napa High School, excelling in basketball, football and tennis. He played during the time Napa was out of league competition and thus was ineligible for All-League honors. Flax was an outstanding pass-catching end for two years. He set a record of 125 receiving yards in 1960, and led the team in touchdowns and scoring in 1961. In addition to his receiving and defensive play, Flax punted, kicked off and kicked eleven PATs in 1961. He was selected on All-Opponent teams by Riordan High School in 1960, Santa Rosa High in 1961, and Petaluma High School in both 1960 and 1961. As a basketball player, Flax was an outstanding rebounder and scorer from his forward position. He averaged 20 points a game as a senior and was selected to the All-Tournament team at the Redwood Invitational Tournament. Flax played second singles as a junior and first singles as a senior for Napa High’s tennis team. He was voted the 1962 Student Body’s Most Athletic Student of the Year. He was also voted Athlete of the Year by the Napa Athletic Supporters. Flax earned a basketball scholarship to the University of San Diego, but after one year, quit basketball to concentrate on academics. The choice was a good one, as Flax went on to become an attorney in Napa and past president of the Napa County Bar Association.