It’s fun to look back at home- grown Warriors who have worn both the red and white and the blue and gold of Del Norte High School.
Rod Griffin, a 1953 graduate, was one of those. When Rod entered Del Norte as a freshman in 1949, the Warriors were in their last year of wearing red and white.
Rod started putting his mark on the Warriors’ sports picture in his freshman year. He started out playing varsity football and was a varsity letterman for four years. He was an intelligent, tough young athlete who could play, and play well, at any position. During his first three years he played as a lineman, then as a senior he was moved to quarterback.
As a quarterback he led the Warriors to their first victory over the Eureka Loggers in recent history. When football ended Rod went right to the basketball court, where he made the varsity basketball team as a freshman.
During his senior season as a guard on the team, he played a key part in leading the Warriors to the Humboldt-Del Norte League Championship and was selected an all-league performer.
Rod was much more than just an athlete, as he was very active in student body government and held both class and student body offices. Rod also tried his hand at acting. During his senior year he played the part of Buckley Dunster in the senior play. With all the time he put into so many school activities, his name always appeared on the honor roll for his academic achievement.
After graduating from Del Norte, Rod enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his college degree. After graduation Rod went into business in the Bay Area.
Rod was a good friend and a great teammate. Unfortunately, he passed away at a fairly young age. He is still talked about and missed by those of us who had the privilege of playing with him. He was a class act in every way.
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.