John Naatz was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and attended high school in Park Ridge Illinois and college at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas (B.A. in English). His teaching career began at Central Catholic High School in West Point, Nebraska where he served five years on the faculty teaching English, coaching football and track and moderating the school newspaper and yearbook. Following the stint in West Point, John spent three years at Roncalli High School in Omaha, adding the coaching of wrestling and girls' basketball to his resume. After a three-year hiatus from teaching, he began his career at Creighton Prep in 1982.
Over the next ten years, Johntaught British Literature, Freshman English and Journalism. His proudest teaching moment came in 1987 when he was honored with the Teacher of the Year Award by a vote of Prep students for his outstanding dedication to the field of teaching. He coached JV football for 10 years and also received the Tom Dineen, Sr. Coach of the Year Award in 1992 for dedication, sportsmanship, companionship and sacrifice to the athletic department.
John was inducted into the Creighton Prep Hall of Fame in 2000 and was awarded the Omaha Archdiocese Administrator of the Year in 2007. He also earned a Masters of Science Degree in Educational Administration from Creighton University in 1987 (M.S. in Educational Administration) and has completed his 16th year as principal.
His wife, Susan, is an Associate Vice President at Creighton University. The couple also has three sons who are Prep graduates: Mike ‘95 is currently employed at Daly Construction Company. John ‘99 is a graphic designer for the Kansas City Star newspaper and Joe ‘00 is a Deputy Douglas County Prosecutor.