Blanket has names of former Warrior athletes from the 30s, 40s and 50s
I can remember the first time I walked into the gym at the old Del Norte High School.
Hanging on the wall at the west end of the gym, which is now the recreation department gym, was this red and white blanket with the names of outstanding Warriors from the past.
I thought at the time as a future Warrior of what an honor it would be to someday have my name added to those special people from the past.
Nobody knows how excited I felt when at the end of my senior year I found out that indeed my name was to be added as one of the last from the red and white era.
After I graduated from college and left the area to coach in the Southern California desert the old high school was still in use and the blanket still hung on the old gym wall.
In 1980, when I returned to Del Norte High School the old blanket was nowhere to be seen. One day, the new high school principal, Al Peyton, and I were going through a little used storage room over the cafeteria, when Mr. Peyton pulled this old blanket out of a corner.
He said, “What’s this?”
I told Al the history of the blanket. He took it, had it cleaned and again displayed it on the wall in Thunen Gym. He felt it was an important part of Warrior history from the Red and White Warrior Past.
After I retired in 1992 and left the area for a couple of years, the blanket again disappeared. Al Young. a Warrior graduate from 1951, whose name was the last one put on the blanket, was curious as to what became of this old piece of history.
He kept asking questions and finally the blanket was again found in a store room corner covered with spider webs. It was given to Al to do with as he pleased. He and his wife Betty cleaned it up, but had no idea what to do with it.
One day, Al told me he had the blanket and wondered if I could help him find it a proper home. When you read the names on this old treasure you can recognize many names from the very early Warrior days that not only helped shape Warrior athletics, but in several incidents contributed in many other ways to the good of our community.
It seems a shame to me to just throw it in a corner and forget about it. There must be a better home for it somewhere!
Anyone with suggestions can call Trone at 954-8582.
Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors, 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.