Dell Roberts moved from Texas to Riverside with his family in 1945. He attended Riverside schools, graduating from Riverside Poly High School in 1955, where he was an All CBL guard in football and lettered in swimming, football and track.
Since 1965, Dell has worked with youth through assignment with the NAACP and the Riverside Unified School District. In the capacity of special assistant to the principal, he was in charge of discipline and security at Poly High School from 1968 to 1989. He coached football for 21 years at Poly; established the Black Student’s Union in Riverside area schools in 1968; and advised the United Black Students of California.
Over the years, Dell has been honored by numerous organizations: the Martin Luther King Visionaries, Riverside Unified School District, City of Riverside, Riverside African American Historical Society, and Black Correctional Workers to name a few. His recognitions include the Chuck Kane Award, the YWCA Achievement Award, the 2007 Bank of America Local Hero Award and the Roy Hord Volunteer of the Year Award.
Many an Eastside child first glimpsed snow or crashed on a wave or traveled to a state conference or ventured on their first airplane ride as a result of Dell’s dedication to the community and his desire to expose children to life outside their community.
Dell Roberts is currently retired from RUSD after 38 years of service, but he remains active mentoring students and adults alike who need a helping hand. He and his wife Carmen have been married for 18 years and are very active in the Park Avenue Baptist Church.