North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association
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Viking Association Newsletter

Number 35

October 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 

Sue Crothers '66


Feel free to contact the following:


Steve Chambers:

Michael T. Smith:

Homer Wood:







Featured in this issue:

  • Homecoming 2014
  • Band wins at PCI and Grants Pass
  • Class of 1944 Reunion
North High News



Homecoming was a big success this year!  It started out with a Thursday night All-Class Reunion, with grads from classes ranging over 43 years.  There was general agreement that this should be a part of Homecoming every year.

Friends from class of 1973
The great raffle!


The big Friday events included the Homecoming pep assembly where the new class of the Hall of Fame was introduced to the students and the Homecoming Court was presented and the King and Queen were crowned. 

Homecoming King Blake Vehrs and Queen Shelby Brooks

After school, the individuals going into the Hall of Fame for 2014 were inducted in a ceremony in the library (see below).  Lots of people were involved in the Homecoming Parade which went nearly the length of D Street led by the Band and featured floats for each class and the Homecoming Court in Mustang convertibles.  The Viking Association had a float for the first time this year.                            

Giovanni Gonzalez goes for the winning score!

The festivities were topped by a thrilling come-from-behind victory by the football team in the game with McMinnville.  It was an all-around great show for North Salem, the students, and the alumni association.



Marching Band


The Pride of the Vikings Marching Band, under the direction of
Brian Bell, came home from the Pacific Coast Invitational competition hosted by Sprague High School with three trophies.  The Viks won the division for their size band and placed third overall.  In addition the North High musicians won the sportsmanship trophy.  
Horn section

At the Grants Pass competition October 18, the Marching Band received 9 trophies throughout the day!  In preliminary competition, the Band scored awards for High Color Guard, High Music, and High Visual, as well as 1st place in the AA division.  In the finals, the Vikings received trophies for High Color Guard, High Visual, High General Effect, and the prestigious Grand Champion Award! In addition the Band received the Esprit de Corps award for sportsmanship and spirit for the entire competition. Superior job Viking musicians!

Viks receive sportsmanship trophy
Alumni News


On October 26, four individuals were inducted into the North High Hall of Fame.  They were basketball player Grant Harter, former Salem Mayor Janet Taylor, publishing CEO Gary June, and former science teacher Jon Yoder.

Jon Yoder with Michael T. Smith

Janet Taylor with Michael T. Smith

1959 classmates of Grant Harter


Class of 1944 Reunion


The first ever 70th Reunion for a Salem High School class took place October 8 at the high school, during the school day. Members of the "Greatest Generation" were met by cadets from the North High Army JROTC and escorted to the gymnasium where they were served a luncheon prepared by the North High Culinary Arts program. They were greeted by Viking Principal Cynthia Richardson.  Adjourning after lunch to the library, the class was "taken" on a video tour of the building.  Members of the class spoke and Bill Juza presented the Viking Association with a sizable check. Back in the gymnasium, The JROTC "A" Color Guard (fifth in Nationals last year) presented the colors and the JROTC Lady Vikings Unarmed Drill unit performed a precision marching routine which showed why they are one of the best in the country.  Forty members of the class which graduated only 5 days from D Day were present and truly enjoyed the day.




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    



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