Heather Durham was a 1992 graduate of Del Norte High School.
While at Del Norte she was quite a multi-talented young lady. Durham was an outstanding student and an excellent athlete. She played volleyball, basketball and softball and was selected all league in all of them.
In the classroom she was also outstanding, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. Heather was not one to be outdone by the boys, so she took an auto class and received her automotive certificate.
Bruce Dunham, the instructor, said she was one of the best in the class. This was a young lady that didn’t mind getting her hands dirty.
When talking to her dad he said she was as proud of that certificate as she was her many all league selections. During her senior year she was elected homecoming queen during football season.
Heather also received special recognition at the state level for her accomplishment as a Warrior.
During National Women’s Sports Day one high school girl from the state was honored. The governor presented that award to Heather at a special ceremony in Sacramento. This is one of the most prestigious awards a young girl can receive.
After graduation, Heather enrolled at California State University Sonoma. There, she tried out for the women’s basketball team and made the starting five as a freshman.
After a year at Sonoma she transferred to Portland State University to work toward her goal of becoming an audiologist.
She graduated from PSU in 1998 with her bachelors degree. She continued at Portland and received her master’s degree in audiology. She is now about to complete her doctor’s degree. Presently Heather is the Head of Pediatric Hearing at Doernbacker Children’s Hospital in Portland. There, she trains nurses to test the hearing of all newborn infants, then she reviews the tests and helps parents when there are problems. She also has to work with cancer patients and confer with the physicians when chemotherapy is also affecting hearing.
With all of her other responsibilities she also is the head of the committee that is working to standardize hearing testing procedures in Oregon schools.
Heather is also on the State Board for Down syndrome children. She also finds time to conduct clinics and seminars around the country.
In working with her cancer patients she has been known to take home children that have been diagnosed as terminal to bake cookies. This is a very compassionate, caring, intelligent, former Warrior that we in the Warrior family can be justifiably proud of.
Heather is a very modest young lady that very shortly can legally be called Dr. Durham, but who still insists on just being Heather.
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.