Before Joe Taylor ever entered Del Norte High School, great things were projected for him.
While he was still a student at Crescent Elk he was making a name for himself on the basketball court. While playing for the Cougars my dad was his coach and I still remember his comments about Joe’s shooting ability along with his many other basketball skills.
In the fall of 1956, Joe entered Del Norte High and he was ready to start a great career as a Warrior on the basketball court and on the baseball diamond.
Basketball was where he was really special. There are not many high school athletes who can enter school as a freshman and immediately earn a position on two varsity sports. Joe was one of those rare talents as he made varsity in both basketball and baseball in his freshman year.
In his sophomore year he started a three-year run at being selected to the Humboldt-Del Norte league All League Basketball Team. Former Warrior coach Wally Maciel, who had the pleasure of coaching Joe in both basketball and baseball, had nothing but the highest praise for this young athlete.
He is the kind of young man every coach loves to work with. Joe had a great work ethic and was always working to improve himself. He was an outstanding student, always being on the scholastic honor roll, and as a senior was selected to the National Honor Society for his academic achievements.
I had the privilege of knowing Joe and the whole Taylor family, as Joe’s older brother Larry and I were roommates at Humboldt State, and I have to fully agree with coach Maciel at what a class young man Joe is in every respect. With all his efforts in athletics and academics, Joe still found time to be involved in other student activities, holding class offices at times.
After graduation Joe went to Humboldt State, where he continued his basketball career as a Lumberjack. While at Humboldt he earned his teaching credential and upon graduation went into education in the Salem, Ore., area. Joe is now retired and returns to Crescent City to visit and beat up on his former coach Wally Maciel, on the golf course.
This is a real class former Warrior that many fans still remember for his amazing shooting skills on the basketball court as well as character off the court.
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.