The name Gale Boyd is one I really remember. Gale came to Del Norte High School from Santa Ana High School after his sophomore year. He was a true multi-talented athlete competing in football, basketball and track.
In his first year at Del Norte as a junior the school did not field an 11-man interscholastic football team. The sport had been suspended during the WWII years so Gale did not get a chance to play football as a junior. He did, however, become a very big part of the Warrior basketball and track programs. In the fall of 1945 Del Norte fielded its first 11-man football team in seven years.
Regular 11-man football had either been dropped altogether or replaced by the six-man game. Gale joined Pete Wilson at the halfback positions to form an explosive pair. When I started playing football for the Warriors in the fall of 1948, I learned just how fast these two were. The year 1948 was also the last year that tackle football alumni games were allowed.
My first game experience was in that game. I was a skinny kid of about 155 pounds. Coach Brick Bralich decided he needed a tackle, so for that game I became both an offensive and defensive tackle. On offense I had to try to block Toby Mello, who was so big he looked like he should be eating hay. I didn’t have much success. On defense I had to try to catch Gale and Pete, again not with much success. I don’t think I tackled either of them during the entire game.
Gale was not just a good athlete, but was involved in all types of student body activities. He served as class vice president during the second semester of both his junior and senior years and served as president of the student body the first semester of his senior year. He was also very active in the “D” Club, which was the varsity letterman club.
With all that he was involved in he also got good grades, and was always on the honor roll. The little bit that I got to know Gale was great.
I am glad that his family left Santa Ana and came here, because besides Gale we got Dennis, his younger brother, who was in my class and became a good friend and Warrior teammate.
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 head football coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before retiring.