Warrior Memories: 1950 grad Leland Fike

By Dick Trone August 26, 2011 04:44 pm

Students who attended Del Norte High School during the late 1940s and the 1950s up until the old high school closed and the new high school opened will have many fond memories rekindled.

Leland Fike was a 1950 Warrior graduate whom I had the privilege of playing football with during my sophomore and junior years. Lee, like all of his teammates during his sophomore, junior, and senior years, played for three different head coaches: Telmud Kramer as a sophomore, Brick Bralich as a junior and Chuck DeAutremont as a senior. Back in those days the Warriors were not blessed with a lot of 200-pound-plus linemen.

Lee was an exception. He was about 6 feet 3 inches and over 200 pounds. He was agile and tough, and became an anchor on the Warrior offensive and defensive lines. Lee was a fun teammate and was also very active in the “D” club, which was a  group of varsity lettermen and was the most active student organization in school. He also played in the band.

I started by saying the name Fike was going to bring back lots of memories to all students of the era. Lee’s parents, Lennis and Naomi, ran the student hangout of the time, Fike’s Snack Shack and Fountain. This was a business that was located on the corner directly across the street from what was then the high school gym and is now the recreation department gym. Back then the high school did not have a cafeteria so the most convenient place to get something to eat or drink was the Snack Shack.

At lunch time, after school and in the evening you could always find the place full of teenagers. It was always a safe, fun place to be. When I mentioned to my wife, Donna, that I was going to mention the Snack Shack, she said I had my first-ever banana split there on my 16th birthday. She also said I had to mention their famous green river drinks. Happy memories.

Lee and his wife, Dorene, now live in Glendale, Ariz., and he is getting ready to celebrate his 80th birthday Sept. 10.

Old Warrior fans can say happy birthday to him. Any of his old friends who want can send a card to his address at 4641 West Monte Cristo, Glendale, AZ, 85306.

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