I suspect that it's because I played for the Warriors a long time ago and also coached the Warriors in recent years that I have been asked so often recently how I feel about the controversy regarding the Warrior head as the Del Norte mascot.
I have always had great respect for our Native Americans. When I competed for Del Norte I had a number of Native American teammates, but I never thought of them as Native American teammates. They were just teammates.
I also have had and still do have many friends of Native American descent, but they are not my Native American friends, they are just my friends.
As I look back at the Warrior head I see it as a symbol of pride and courage, characteristics we all strived to acheive.
As I have read comments by some Native Americans regarding this Warrior symbol as offensive to their culture, I have respect for their feelings.
I also have so much respect for Del Norte High School and for its traditions that I can't support anything that divides the Warrior community.
I know a mascot can be found that will bring pride and unity to the Warrior family. I also know that when I see the Warrior head, it will always represent to me a symbol of pride, courage and respect.
I also know that I would rather have a Warrior head on my helmet than I would a Horned Frog or a Hog. I will always be a Warrior and will embrace whatever is decided to represent Del Norte High School.
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.