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When Friday night lights came to DN

When I first started to play football for the Warriors in the fall of 1948, all our home games were played on Saturday afternoons.

The football field was located behind what was then the high school gym and is now the Del Norte County Recreation Department gym.

There were no lights and the field had two small sets of stands, one on each side of the field, and they never seemed to be full.

In the spring of 1949, when Chuck DeAutremont was hired to be the next Warriors coach, a movement started to have lights installed on the field so games could be played on Friday nights.

To raise the funds needed for this project, it was decided that bonds would be sold for $5 each. Then, starting with the first home game of the 1949 season, a percentage of the gate receipts for each home game was set aside to redeem the bonds for $5.50 each.

Names would be drawn at halftime to see who would get paid. As usual, the community really got behind the program. Students, especially members of the football team, were asked to contact people in town to sell them bonds.

I still remember Larry Holcomb and I contacting a local attorney named Paul Bruuk. Paul was a great supporter of Del Norte youth sports. When we asked if he would buy a bond he wanted us to find out how many were left and he would buy them all, which he did. 

With the funds now available, a lot of volunteer labor and the donation of supplies such as the light poles, the lights went up.

When Del Norte played its first home football game in 1949, it was Friday night and the lights came on and the stands were packed, and the great tradition of Friday night football at Del Norte High School began.

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 football head coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before retiring.

 


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