North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association
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Viking Association Newsletter

Number 45

August 2015

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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

Vijitra Boonkoom '92, Secretary

Herb Triplett '54, Asst. Treas.

Doug Bolton '58

Dick Hornaday '53

Michael T. Smith (friend)

Ken Simila '58 

Sue Crothers '66

Kay Mattson '81


Feel free to contact the following:


Steve Chambers:

Michael T. Smith:

Homer Wood:








Featured in this issue:

  • Homecoming 2015
  • Hall of Fame
  • Football team service project

Homecoming is traditionally the time when alumni of a school return and participate in activities at their Alma Mater in a show of spirit and support for their school.  This year Homecoming at North High will be the week of September 28-October 2, culminating in a flurry of activities on Friday, October 2.  As usual, the Viking Association will be heavily involved.  Here is a schedule of our activities on Friday, to which all alumni and friends of North are invited:

9 am - A first for the alumni association, a service project.  Volunteers will repair the benches surrounding the flagpole in front of the school.  Former woodworking teacher Dave Anderson will supervise the project.  All materials and prep work will be done in advance to minimize noise during the assembly process, since classes will be in session during this time.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Kay Mattson at .
1:40 pm - Homecoming Pep Assembly in the gym.  Homecoming Court will be presented and "royalty" crowned, the new inductees for the Hall of Fame will be announced (see next story), and the delegation from North's Japanese sister high school will be introduced.
 Last year's Homecoming king and queen

2:45 pm - Hall of Fame Induction in the North High library.  All are welcome.

4 -7:15 pm - 2nd All-Class Reunion at The Brick, 105 Liberty St., Salem. Last year we had about 100 and are looking for more this year.  It is a no-host event designed to share Viking spirit across generations (last year classes from the 50s to the 90s were present). Check out our information flyer in next month's newsletter.

5 pm - Another option is the Spirit Parade that goes down D Street to the school from St. Timothy's Church, 3295 Ladd Ave., between Market and D. The parade lasts about 1/2 hour and is lots of fun, led by the Pride of the Vikings Marching Band and JROTC Color Guard.  Arrive a little early to make sure you are included.  Vintage automobiles are highly desired!

7:15 pm  - Homecoming Football Game vs. McNary.  Come cheer the Viks to victory!


What do a mathematician, a pro golfer, a dentist, and an English teacher have in common?  They are all new inductees in the North High Hall of Fame.  Next month's newsletter will have more information, but here is a list of the class of 2015 inductees to the HOF:

Joanne Marie (Fabry) Wilke, class of 1952, who has been a leader in mathematics education in the Northwest. She has been instrumental in the the Oregon Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the originator of the Oregon Math Project, and chair of the Northwest Mathematics Conferences.

Pat Fitzsimons, class of 1969, pro golfer with 11 top-ten finishes, including a win in the 1975 Glen Campbell Los Angeles Open.  Also in that year he was Golf Digest's Most improved Golfer as well as Oregon's Professional Athlete of the Year.
Homer Wood, class of 1959, was the Man of the Year of the Northwest Academy of Dental Science. At North he was senior class president, a multi-sport athlete, including playing on a basketball team that placed 4th in State, and a member of National Honor Society. He was one of a small group instrumental in getting the turf football field built and had the vision to see the creation of an alumni association that would be a major contributor to our school. He served as its first president. 

Carl Shinkle, while not a graduate of North Salem, could be considered the number one fan of the Vikings and a major chronicler of Viking athletics. A North High English teacher for over 30 years, he pioneered courses such as American Studies and Film as Lit.  He continues to score and time North's football games and is the "Voice of the Vikings" for both basketball and baseball games.

Football team volunteers in United Way project, receives award

Under the leadership of assistant football coach Josh Lee the Viking football team, nearly 100 strong, conducted a number of community service projects under the auspices of the United Way.  Painting, cleaning up litter, and grounds-keeping were among the activities. The team practiced in the morning, spent several hours volunteering in small groups for different projects, then returned to school for their evening practice of their daily doubles.  For their efforts at giving back to the community, the team received an award at the Community Celebration and luncheon of the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley.  We love our Viks!

Successful band camp

(Thanks to the Statesman Journal newspaper and Sam Skillern for photos)




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