Last week I looked back at an old Del Norte High Warrior tradition with the school song that we used to sing at some school events. I could only remember a part of the song. I was hopeful that other old Warriors from my era could give me help.
The response that I received was great. The oldest call was from a 1936 graduate and the latest came from a 1956 grad. Unfortunately, their memories were much like mine, and they could only recall about the same parts of the song as I did.
Last Friday, the day the article ran, I was teaching English classes at the high school. We spent time talking about this old tradition. During the sixth period a senior student, Tanner Brown, took the first couple of lines of the song, went to a computer and in a few minutes came back with a printout of our old song.
He also had a second verse that I had never heard before. When I asked Tanner where he found the information he said he went to Google. What I learned from this whole process is if you want to find out something, don’t ask an old guy, ask a teenager.
I am including the entire song for the benefit of all those that tried to help. You now have a good song to sing in the shower.
Warrior Fight Song
“Faithful and true hearted, let us cheer our dear old high. We revere her and defend her and her colors proudly fly. We will stand for her, united of her deeds we gladly tell. Her colors streaming, glad faces beaming, so here is a cheer for her that we all love so well.
Joyous and ever loyal, let us boost for our old high. Let every heart sing, let every voice ring, there’s no time to grieve or sigh, onward our course pursuing, May defeat ne’er our ardor cool, but united we will boost for our old high school.”
“Honors she had taken, on the track and with the ball. May she always rank the highest, May her colors never fall. There's no other that can match her, when her team is on the field. Her boys the fleetest, her girls the sweetest, then here’s a cheer for her, for her who ne’er will yield.”
This whole thing has really been fun.
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.