As I read Bill Choy’s article about the Del Norte High School cheerleading program, it made me think back to what cheerleading was like when I was a student at Del Norte.
I remember entering high school and attending my first pep assembly. There were only three cheerleaders that had been elected by the student body. They led all the assembly activities.
I remember how impressed I was that these three could generate the type of enthusiasm that they did.
The three, Marylin Myers, Millicant McVay and Joan Jamison were really great. As time went on I learned that the main responsibility of a cheerleader was to promote crowd support and good sportsmanship at athletic events. During my four years as a Warrior every group did a very good job of doing this.
Each year the student body would elect three of their classmates to be cheerleaders. These were always students with good leadership qualities and a lot of school spirit. They also had to be students that felt at ease performing in front of a crowd. It meant being a cheerleader was very special.
During my junior year the first male cheerleader that I know of was elected. Tom Rocha was a member of my class and proved to be an excellent selection. He served with Maxine Falwell and Shirley Enright. They were a fun group.
During my years as a player and a coach I have watched cheerleading evolve into what it is today. Being a cheerleader today requires all the skill of the old days, plus showing what outstanding athletes they really are.
I have to admit that while I liked and respected what it used to be, I like the way it is now better. A lot more students have a chance to be a part of this special athletic activity.
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.