When Tex Gatlin selected his Dream Team for the decade of the 1950s at Del Norte High School, another of the offensive linemen he chose was Rich Gurney. Rich was a 1958 Del Norte High School graduate, and like many other Warrior standouts, was born and raised in Crescent City.
Rich has the distinction of being a member of the last class to graduate from the old high school, which was located at 9th and H streets. Many people remember best the running backs, quarterbacks and pass receivers that make big plays everyone sees. Old coaches like myself like to remember those offensive linemen that made the big plays by the skill people possible.
Rich was one of those. He had the privilege of blocking, so that outstanding Warriors like Bill Sullivan, Drew Roberts, Dale Nickels and Danny Sousa could display their talents.
After graduation, Rich led a very interesting life. He first attended Santa Rosa Junior College for two years. After JC he came back to Crescent City and worked for his dad Buck Gurney at the Surf Cafe Bar and Restaurant. This business was one of those destroyed by the 1964 tsunami. It was later rebuilt and opened as the Tidal Wave Room.