A long dry spell finally came to an end when the 1959 Del Norte High School football team, under the leadership of coach Tex Gatlin, won the first Humboldt-Del Norte league championship in the school’s history.
The Warriors played their first interscholastic football game on September 20, 1924. That team was coached by Charles Thunen, and they started things off right by defeating Arcata High School at Arcata, 6-0.
The league did not admit Del Norte until a couple of years later due to travel distance. It was a long wait from the mid-1920s until 1959 for the Warriors’ first championship.
The team got off to a
really great start, playing two non-league games, the first against Brookings, which the Warriors won 46-0. Their next non-league game was to be played against Grants Pass High School in Grants Pass. The Grants Pass team was considered to be a powerhouse and was favored to beat Del Norte. The Warriors forgot to listen to the experts and went to Grants Pass and gave the Cavemen a sound 41-7 beating.
This propelled the Warriors into their league schedule with great momentum. I was still a student at Humboldt State so I got to see several Warrior contests, and they were a fun team to watch.