Warrior fans from the past who can remember attending events in the old high school gym, which is now the recreational department gym, may remember the red and white blanket that hung on the wall at its west end.
Each year, teams would vote on the most inspirational player in the four sports that were played at Del Norte High School at the time: football, basketball, baseball and track. There were no interscholastic sports for girls at that time.
In 1938 they started entering names of Warrior athletes. With sports greatly reduced during World War II, no name appeared during those years. When the colors changed from red and white to blue and gold and the new high school was opened, the blanket was taken down and seemed to disappear.
In 1980 when I came back to Del Norte, Al Peyton, who was the principal at the time, told me about a storage room over the cafeteria that had a lot of old red and white stuff that needed to be cleaned out.
When I went into that room, wadded up in the corner, was the blanket. Mr. Peyton declared it to be a piece of history and had it cleaned and placed it in the Thunen Gym. After a period of time it again disappeared only to show up again about three years ago.
Since the school did not want it, it was given to Al Young, whose name is on it for track in 1951. Al contacted the Del Norte Historical Society Museum and officials there indicated they would like to have it.
A short time ago while I was at the museum I was taken into a room and there on the wall, this piece of Warrior sports history was again on display.
Thank you, Al Young and the Del Norte Historical Society; it is where any interested Warrior fan can look at this part of history.
Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors and graduated in 1951, had an illustrious career on the gridiron at Humboldt State University. Trone was football head coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before retiring.