Rich Harbison

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Rich Harbison is truly one of the greatest athletes to ever wear the colors of Napa High. He started for seven Napa varsity teams in addition to playing a year on the sophomore baseball team and being captain of an undefeated junior varsity football team. Harbison played two years of varsity baseball and was All-MEL and All-County his senior year. He was a three-year starter for Coach Denny Lewis’ Napa High basketball teams. As a sophomore for the MEL co-champions, he had 233 points, 197 rebounds and 44 assists. As a junior, he made the Wine Valley All-Tournament team, All-County Second Team and Honorable Mention on the All-MEL team. He was captain and Co-Most Valuable Player of the 1982-83 team and was selected All-County and All-MEL. He was named to Coach Lewis’ All-Time Napa High School Boys Basketball Second Team (1974-1991). Harbison’s football record at Napa High was incredible. His varsity record as a quarterback was 21-2-2. Napa won MEL championships in 1981 and 1982 and Harbison was named MVP of the team in both years, the first junior to win an MVP award since fellow Hall of Famer Bob Covey in 1941. He was All-County and Second Team All-MEL as a junior, and All-County, All-MEL, All-Region, MEL MVP, All-Region MVP and All-Northern California as a senior. Harbison will forever be remembered for his 75-yard run with less than a minute and a half to go to give Napa a 7-0 victory over previously undefeated cross-town rival Vintage. His high school football heroics earned him a scholarship to San Jose State where he played several different positions and was on the 1986 California Bowl championship team.