Warrior Memories: ‘23 0lympic qualifier to enter DN Hall of Fame

Written by Dick Trone July 15, 2014 12:23 pm

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

Dee Sullivan was a Warrior teacher and coach at Del Norte from 1956 until she retired in 1973. Dee graduated from Eureka High in 1931.

As a 15-year-old sophomore at Eureka she had the fastest 100-meter time in the world for women and qualified for the 1928 Olympics, but as a young homesick teenager she gave up her spot on the team and returned home.

After graduating from high school she attended Humboldt State University where she continued her athletic career, and in 1977 Dee was the first woman inducted into Humboldt State’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

When Dee and her husband Leo moved to Crescent City, Dee ran an AAU program that gave our youth, especially our girls, a chance to have athletic success outside the school setting.

When she became the Warrior track coach her teams regularly won the league championship. While at Del Norte she started the Redwood Rockettes, which is still an outstanding group.

Dee and Leo had a son, Bill, and a daughter, Bonnie; both became an important part of Warrior history. Bonnie still serves our youth by working with the scholarship foundation. After graduation Bill went on to Oregon State, where he continued his outstanding football career.

Dee is still recognized every year when a senior girl athlete is awarded the Dee Sullivan Outstanding Female Athletic Award.

Dee passed away in 1990, but those Warrior fans like myself will always have a very special place in our heart for this great lady.

 Next week we will look at Kim Kellenberg, the second of the 2014 Hall of Fame inductees.

 

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.