“Sports, sports, sports, and MORE sports,” answered Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom when asked what he remembers most about his days growing up in Marin during the 1980s.
“That’s what high school was all about for me,” he says, “That WAS Redwood!”
He wasn’t kidding.
When just a Little Leaguer in 1980, playing for the Italian Athletic Club’s Corte Madera team, pitcher Gavin Newsom hit the first home run of the season and struck out 6 Larkspur Lions to win the game. The winning never seemed to stop from that point on. In high school, Newsom was a two sport star for Redwood’s varsity baseball and basketball teams. In 1985, the high school senior was named first team MCAL as a power forward in basketball and as a first baseman.
The former mayor of San Francisco was a bit coy when I asked him what in particular he remembers about his high school days in Marin.
“Mt. Tam,” he says after a bit of thinking and a devilish grin.
What specifically about Mt. Tam, I ask?
(More thinking…) “Well, we’d go to undisclosed locations…” he says, “I also liked Christmas Tree Hill.”
Like a good politician, Newsom has clearly mastered the art of choosing his words carefully.
Newsom addresses the Redwood class of 2007
Newsom recalls ‘graduating’ from COM
Graduation commencement speech given at COM in May 2013