For a long time when Warrior football players got ready to play a game they put on the same khaki pants that were worn every day for practice and a red and white wool jersey that was really uncomfortable. It was the same home or away.
When the 1949 season started, we had fancy new red and white uniforms. They consisted of white pants and red jerseys with white shoulders and sleeves. The helmets were still the white leather ones that were made before World War II.
The new Warrior coach, Chuck DeAutremont, had raised the money for these uniforms to help raise pride in Warrior football. Little did we know that we would only get to wear these uniforms for one season.
During the spring the school changed our colors from red and white to the blue and gold we have now.
Chuck went to work again to raise funds for new blue and gold uniforms. The boxing smokers were started and proved to be great money-makers.
The Warriors had two local professional boxers to thank for making these events successful. Dale and Sandy Sanderson, local Native Americans who fought professionally, came forward and helped organize these events.
They helped set up the ring and refereed and judged these events. They helped in all parts of these events and kept doing it for several years.
The 1950 Warriors really owed Dale and Sandy a big thanks. When we took the field for the 1950 season as the first blue and gold Warriors, we had really great new uniforms. We not only had new uniforms, but we also had new, state-of-the-art leather helmets.
The Warriors were a proud group when we took the field for our first game. The game was played in Cave Junction, and the Warriors came out on top 40-0. This started the pride that Del Norte High School carries to the present day.
The proud blue and gold of all Warrior teams.
Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High sports. He played football for the Warriors and graduated in 1951, later serving as the school’s football coach for a number of years.