North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association
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Viking Association Newsletter

Number 34

September 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
North High News


We know, we had the same information in last month's newsletter, but it's so important, we need to repeat it!  Homecoming this year will be full of exciting events!  Your Alumni Association has added an All-Class Reunion to be held Thursday, Sept. 25.


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


Fri., Sept. 26
1:30 pm
Homecoming Pep Assembly - Gym - presentation of the Homecoming Court and new Hall of inductees (see below in Alumni news section)
2:45 pm

 - Induction of New Hall of Fame members - Library - all are welcome

5 pm

Homecoming Parade (there will be 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)


Band Fundraiser


North High, along with the other high schools in the Salem-Keizer District, is blessed with a fantastic music program. However, funding is a continual problem, particularly with the percentage of low-income students at North who want to participate in our award-winning program.  Most students can only afford to rent instruments, rather than purchase them, and travel costs to competitions are an issue.  The Band is holding a unique fundraiser this weekend in hopes of defraying some of those cost.  Check out the flyer below:


Alumni News


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


Distinguished Lifetime

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.  




Several classes have held reunions this summer.  If you would like to have your class' reunion photo in our newsletter, please submit it to Steve Chambers at the email address below.  Pictured here is the class of 1994 at their 20th reunion.


A very special event is coming up on October 8 as the class of 1944 celebrates its 70th reunion!  As far as we know, this is the first 70th to be commemorated for Salem High School. 


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.


Please forward this newsletter to other Vikings so they can also stay in touch with the school.