While still a student at Crescent Elk and with a father who taught and coached basketball and baseball at the high school, I had the privilege of watching a lot of high school teams practice.
The 1946 Warrior football team was one I spent a lot of time watching and as a result got to know many of the players.
Eleven-man football was just making a comeback after being dropped during World War II. The team was coached by Phil Crawford, who was only here for one year.
As a former coach myself, I am amazed at the job he did coaching by himself — he had no assistants. Since I had never played football but always wanted to be an end, I took special interest in the Warrior ends.
Henry Perdue, a 1947 Warrior graduate, was one of the starting ends on the 1946 team. The team had a five- game schedule and finished with a 1-4 record, beating Ferndale 14-0.
Henry was a three-sport Warrior, playing football, basketball and baseball. When Henry took to the basketball court he was considered one of the Warriors’ best all-around players. The team was also coached by Phil Crawford, since in the old days a coach was hired to coach everything. The team played 12 games, all against league teams, and won four.
Henry was also very active in other school activities. He was elected vice president of the sophomore class, as well as being involved in student productions.
I will always remember him as a true Warrior who always treated me with respect and made me really look forward to wearing the red and white colors of Del Norte High School, an experience I will always treasure.
Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High sports. He played football for the Warriors and graduated in 1951, later serving as the school’s football coach for a number of years.