North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association
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Viking Association Newsletter

Number 33

August 2014

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Viking Association

Mission Statement:

To create, promote, and sustain a "Viking-connected" community of alumni and friends, this Association will foster a lasting and mutually beneficial relationship among alumni, friends, North Salem High School (NSHS), its students and staff, and the community to support the mission, goals, and traditions of NSHS. 

Viking Association

Board of Directors:


Steve Chambers '62, President

Homer Wood '59, Vice President

Larry Smith '54, Treasurer

David Rhoten, '52 Secretary

Herb Triplett '54, Asst. Treas.

Doug Bolton '58, Asst. Secr.

Dick Hornaday '53

Michael T. Smith (friend)

Ken Simila '58 

Kay Mattson '81

Vijitra Boonkoom '92 


Feel free to contact the following:


Steve Chambers:

Michael T. Smith:

Homer Wood:







Featured in this issue:

  • Homecoming 2014
  • Hall of Fame
  • Fall Sports
North High News


Homecoming 2014


Homecoming this year will be full of exciting events.  Your Alumni Association has added an All-Class Reunion to be held Thursday, Sept. 25, the day before Homecoming.  It will be held at Johnny's on the corner of 17th and Center from 5-8 pm.  There will be more on this event in later postings.  So here is the lineup for Homecoming:


Thurs., Sept. 25 - 3:45 pm - Alumni Association Annual Meeting                        (Johnny's) Meeting open to all


Thurs. Sept. 25 - 5-8 pm - All-Class Reunion at Johnny's (Open to all                  alums and friends of Salem / North High)


Fri., Sept. 26 - 1:30 pm - Homecoming Pep Assembly - Gym -                          presentation of the Homecoming Court and new Hall of Fame                    inductees (see below in Alumni news section)


2:45 pm - Induction of New Hall of Fame members - Library - all welcome


5 pm - Homecoming Parade (we are trying to put together an alumni                   float) Starts at St. Timothy's Church off Savage (between Market               and D)


7 pm - Homecoming football game vs. McMinnville                                             (Anyone 62 years or older can get a Golden Age Pass for free

        admission to all league games at any school in their office)


JROTC  Cadet Receives High Honor


Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Gabriela Ramos (class of 2015), commander of the Viking Battalion for 2014-15, has been selected to receive the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement, one of the highest honors that a cadet can receive. Only three were given this year in the Western Region Brigade (Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Montana Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands).  Gabby has a 3.76 GPA in honors and AP classes, is a two-time captain of the soccer team, commander of the JROTC Physical Fitness Team, and ASB Vice President.  The Legion of Valor is a veteran's organization exclusively for recipients of America's highest awards for valor in combat:  the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross or its equivalent.  The Bronze Cross for Achievement recognizes the very best JROTC cadets in the country who excel in leadership, scholarship, citizenship, and service.  Gabby is the TENTH North High cadet to receive this honor since 1999.


Fall Sports

Once again, the sports leagues in Oregon have been reconfigured to reflect enrollment changes and geography.  North High, along with the other Salem-Keizer high schools (McKay, McNary, South, Sprague, and West), now belong to the Greater Valley Conference (GVC) at the 6A level. 


Three schools have been added:  Forest Grove (also called Vikings), McMinnville (also red and black), and West Albany (once a part of the Valley League with North).  There will be added confusion with one-third of the schools' names beginning with "Mc!"


Fall sports kicked off Friday, August 29, with the soccer teams joining 7 other GVC teams at the South High Jamboree.  The Viking football teams inaugurated play the same day at a jamboree at Aloha High School in Beaverton.


Cross country starts its season on Wednesday, September 3 at the McMinnville Invitational, while the volleyball teams open play Sept. 4 at McNary High School.


You can find the schedules for all of the North High teams on the conference website :    And remember those Golden Age Passes can be picked up in the North High office. 

Alumni News


The North Salem Hall of Fame is proud to induct the Class of 2014:


Distinguished Service 

A business owner for 18 years, Janet Taylor (class of 1960), has been very active in community service.  She chaired her neighborhood association, served as vice president of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, and chaired the business development group SEDCOR.  She served 8 years as the mayor of Salem, a position from which she promoted downtown development, including the Conference Center, and worked to bring businesses like Fed Ex, Sanyo Solar, and Wachovia to Salem.  She has recently been named the Chair of the Board of the Oregon Historical Society.




Gary June graduated from North High in 1980.  He was a member of National Honor Society and Jazz Choir, worked on the Clarion staff, and was a three-sport letterman.  After attending University of Oregon and Stanford, Gary then began a long and successful career in publishing, eventually serving as CEO of Three companies, most notably Dorling-Kindersley (better known as DK), where he published ten New York Times best-sellers, including the Star Wars Lego franchise.  He currently lives in New York and London.




The only Hall of Fame category open to individuals who did not graduate from Salem or North Salem High School is Service.  Jon Yoder began his career at North in 1984, teaching science for 23 years and coaching the boys' soccer team for ten years, before moving on to become the Salem-Keizer School District's science coordinator.  Transforming the culture in the science curriculum at North, Jon started a coed science club known as the "Science Dudes," making science a cool thing for students.  Among his many honors Jon was the recipient of a Christa McAlliffe Fellowship.  Jon's efforts led to the transformation of the Mill Creek near Olinger Pool, complete with clearing out the invasive foliage and adding the signage and observation decks.  His efforts resulted in the construction of the Straub Environmental Learning Center next to Olinger Pool, the District's first LEED certified building.  Jon Yoder has served as a model of the environmentally involved citizen that his students strive to emulate.




The late Grant Harter (class of 1959) was a 6'10" center who led the Viking basketball team to three straight State Tournament appearances and was selected to the All-State squad his senior year.  He was recruited to Oregon State by Coach Amory "Slats" Gill, a fellow Viking Hall of Famer, and played for the Beavers for four years.  Their 1962-63 team, led by Mel Counts and future Heisman Trophy winner Terry Baker, made it to the NCAA Final Four, a feat not repeated since.  The team has since been inducted into OSU's Sports Hall of Fame, as well as the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.  


Honor Roll


The Honor Roll features alumni of Salem and North Salem High who have received honors or who have performed services to their communities, the nation, the world, or North High.  We will publish them by class, so you can conveniently look up classmates.  But we will need your help!  There are no stories without story-tellers, so if you know of someone who has received an honor or done something noteworthy, please let us know.  We hope it catches on, because our alumni are involved in a lot of things.  We will keep the clips up for about a year.  Send in your entries to Steve Chambers at the e-mail address in the left sidebar or at the bottom of the page.  Digital photos are welcome.

 Link:   HONOR ROLL    


If you have not already done so, please send to Steve Chambers your full contact information (name, maiden name where applicable, street address, phone number, and graduating class or if your are a friend) as this will help us keep in contact should your e-mail address change.


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