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Warrior Memories: DN hoops great also made mark in classroom

This is the second of six columns about the 2014 Del Norte Athletic Hall of Fame inductees.

Kim Kellenburg is a 1965 Warrior graduate who excelled on the football field, the basketball court and the baseball fields.

While Kim was good at whatever sport he played, it was on the basketball court where he really left his mark. 

Kim was both tall and athletic. He stood about 6-foot 6-inches and was a great rebounder and an excellent scorer. In his senior year playing under Warrior Hall of Fame coach Wally Maciel, Kim helped the Warriors win the league title.

When I asked coach Maciel about Kim, he had nothing but praise. He said Kim played for him for four years, and besides being an excellent player, he was an outstanding young man. He had the type of character that made him fun to coach.

After graduation, Kim first went on to the University of San Francisco for one year before transferring to Humboldt State University. At Humboldt he continued his basketball career and graduated with his teaching credentials.

After college graduation Kim taught and coached at Arcata and Eureka high schools. While teaching he continued his education at HSU and received his administration credentials. He then continued his career as a school administrator.

While I was dean of students and athletic director at Del Norte, I had the privilege of getting to know Kim well. He is an impressive man and the type of person that parents like to have working with their kids.

Kim is now retired and living in Bend, Ore., enjoying the good life. He was a great Warrior that many fans still remember.

 

Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High sports as a former player, coach, athletic director and a lifelong fan.

 


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