North High



Number 56

July 2016

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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 

Kay Mattson '81


Feel free to contact the following:


Steve Chambers:

Michael T. Smith:

Homer Wood:






Featured in this issue:

  • History of the Viking Mascot
  • This summer at North High
  • Alumna wins Congressional internship

A Brief, Incomplete History of the Viking Mascot

Above is the current official Viking mascot.  Salem High School / North Salem High School has not always been the Vikings, the fall of 1929 being the first time that term was used with Salem High teams. Before that, teams were simply known as Salem High, the Salemites, or, occasionally, the "Red and Black."  In the 1928-29 year, there was an attempt to make the "Senators" stick as the mascot, but this failed to gain traction.  

The Yearbook was first called the "Clarion" before ultimately becoming the "Viking," while Clarion came to be reserved for the school newspaper.  A search of Yearbooks from 1929 to the present has turned up quite a variety of Viking images, from the ferocious to the humorous.  We thought it would be fun to share these images with you, starting with 1929, which had a nautical theme, though not exactly Viking:


1939, above right, was the first official Viking image and was used for several years.

1957, left, saw a new official Viking.

1982, left above, saw the next new official Viking.
 Modified 1982.



This month the class of 1966 celebrated its 50th reunion.  Their yearbook summarized what the Viking means to many who have walked the halls of North High:

We hope you've enjoyed this trip down Viking memory lane.  As we continue to add more yearbooks to the Webpage (click on link on upper left), we'll share more tidbits from North Salem's historic past.
(By the way, you'll note that only ONE of the images above is a female.  It could be hoped that the next official representation for the Vikings be BOTH male and female.)

The summer at North High

Once again, the building on 14th Street has been extremely busy. The image of school buildings lying dormant and empty during the summer months is simply not correct.  Here are some of the things that have been going on during the summer:

Various summer school programs have brought in over 500 students. These include:
  • the Summer Transition Program for incoming freshmen
  • Migrant High School
  • Credit Recovery for students needing to make up failed classes
  • Federal Free Breakfast and Lunch Program, feeding hundreds of young people (the program is available to ALL students, not just those in poverty).
Numerous repairs and renovations are taking place to the building. In addition, the custodial staff must clean, strip and wax floors, and in general prepare the building for the onslaught of 1,800 students come fall.

Two new hires are of special note:  Brodie Cavaille is the new Athletic Director.  Brodie is a North High graduate, class of 1998, a former baseball standout, a social studies teacher and coach, as well as a behavioral specialist in the District.  AD currently is a vice principal position.

Oribel Villalobos has been chosen as our new Office Manager, replacing Amy Ponder (class of 1980) who has been promoted to the Central Administration Office.She returns to North where she began as a School Office Specialist.  Oribel has further connections to the school, as her husband was a Viking.  

Fall sports officially begin on August 15.  Complete sports physicals will be offered at the High School for only $10 Thursday, August 4 in the morning and Tuesday, August 9 from 4 to 7 pm, provided by Willamette Health Partners Family Medicine and the Community Health Education Center.

The first day of school for Freshmen is Tuesday, Sept. 6, All other students begin on Sept. 7.  Homecoming this fall will be October 21.

Alumna wins Congressional internship

2014 graduate Aleysa Garcia Rivas has been chosen as one of 38 interns nationwide for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Summer Congressional Internship Program.  She has been placed at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. 

Garcia was nominated due to her involvement with CAMP (College Assistance Migration Program) at Oregon State University where she is majoring in nutrition with an option in dietetics.  Her ultimate goal is to become a registered dietitian and educate the migrant community on healthy diets in order to reduce the rates of obesity, heart related illnesses, and diabetes in minorities.  

Having grown up in a low-income, migrant farm working family herself, Aleysa feels fortunate to have the opportunity to see firsthand how public policy is created and to be able to form networks which will help her achieve her life goals.

Fitness Center

Fundraising for the renovation of the out-of-repair weight room into an up-to-date facility is ongoing.  It has been decided to do a phase-in plan, beginning with new flooring and some pieces of equipment this year and adding as more funds become available.  A sizable grant from the Larry and Jeanette Epping Family Fund will pay for the flooring, and a gift from the North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association will fund much of the equipment.  You may continue to donate at the donation button in the upper left or by sending a check to "Viking Association" c/o North Salem High School, 765, 14th St. NE, Salem OR 97301.



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.

North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association | 765 14th St. NE | Salem | OR | 97301