North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association
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Viking Association Newsletter

Number 46

September 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
  • Another honor for JROTC
  • Vik makes Big League baseball

Homecoming is next week!
The Viking football team is on a roll (2 wins in a row).  Students from our Japanese sister high school will be visiting.  Wacky dress up days take place throughout the week.  North High is lookin' good!
Take a look at the schedule of activities for Friday, Oct. 2:

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).
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.  

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.

Sister High School Visit

Coinciding with Homecoming week, a delegation of 8 students and 3 teachers from North High's sister school in Kawagoe, Japan (Salem's Japanese sister city) will pay a week's visit to Salem.  Each individual will be hosted in a homestay for the week.  The visitors will observe classes, travel to Central Oregon, participate in Homecoming activities, and perform at the Homecoming assembly.  North's sister relationship has been in existence for 28 years and has led to lasting friendships as observed in the picture below as one of the women from the first delegation, Junko Kato, returns for the 4th time to visit her host sister.  North is the only Salem area high school to have such a relationship and it is the longest lasting in the entire Northwest.

JROTC Cadet Honored

Student Cadet Lt. Col. Mariela Ramos, Commander for the North High JROTC Battalion, has been honored with the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement.  She is one of only three receiving this honor in the JROTC Brigade (the states of Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, California, Nevada, and the Pacific Islands).  Ramos is the Commander of the Lady Vikings unarmed drill team (10th in the US last year) and Commander of Color Guard B.  Ten Viking Battalion leaders have been honored with this award given for scholarship, leadership, citizenship, and service.

Second Vik Elevated to Major League Baseball

Rocky Gale (class of '06) was recently brought up to the Bigs by parent team San Diego Padres.  He joins Jed Lowrie (Houston Astros) as the only Vikings to make the Majors in over 4 decades. Gale was batting .354 as a catcher in the Padres AAA club and has been used primarily as a pinch hitter since being promoted.  



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