Warrior Memories: A look back at Rick Hintz

By Dick Trone March 27, 2009 07:15 am
When the Hintz family moved to town, they brought with them sons Arnie, Rick and Ron.

All became outstanding Warriors, particularly on the football field. The middle boy, Rick, was a 1955 DNHS graduate. During his time at Del Norte High School he was a standout in three sports, football, basketball, and track.

It is interesting to note that when the “Warrior Bench,” an athletic booster organization, sponsored a Dream Team of the 1950s, coaches Tex Gatlin and Dale Thomas named all three of the Hintz brothers to that select group.

When Rick graduated, he enrolled at Linfield College in Oregon. While at Linfield he played football for four years, ran track four years and played basketball for three years,  earning a starting spot in all three.

In track, Rick was an outstanding pole vaulter and for many years held the conference record. Upon graduation from Linfield he returned to Del Norte High School where he coached track for two years and worked with Dale Thomas on the junior varsity football staff.

He still fondly remembers one of those years when the team went undefeated. After two years at DNHS, Rick returned to Linfield to work on his masters degree.

While back at Linfield he worked as a graduate assistant on the football, basketball, and track staffs. In 1962 he graduated from Linfield with his masters and took a job at Hillsboro High School in Oregon where he worked from 1962 until retiring in 1992.

During that time he coached the Hillsboro track team for 25 years. He also coached football for eight years and in 1970 took over the Hillsboro basketball program as their head Varsity Coach for five years. Rick then became the assistant principal, a position he held until his retirement.

In 1970, he organized a group of faculty members to play basketball every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 6 a.m. For the last 39 years they have kept this going and Rick, even though he is nearing his 72nd birthday, still does not miss a day.

He says the group all signed a contract and if they miss a day they are fined a couple of dollars. The fines go into a fund and whenever it builds up a little they give a scholarship to the math or English departments.

Rick and his wife Annette have three kids, two girls and one boy. They also have seven grandkids.

Rick said one of his daughters started a driving school, so he went and learned how to drive, so now he teaches teenagers to drive. He says  that he just love to be around young people.They keep you from growing old.

Rick says he looks forward every year to returning to Crescent City for the Fourth of July. They attend the parade and beach activities and then have a big barbeque at Ron’s place in Gasquet.

He may not live here anymore but he is still a class Warrior that many old timers remember fondly. I think it is interesting to note, that while Rick was assistant  principal at Hillsboro, the student body voted him the best liked teacher in school.

A special tribute to a special person.

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.