North High



Number 57

August 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:

  • Viking choir to perform with rock group
  • 2016 Hall of Fame inductees
  • Sophomore wins national title
Viking Choir to back up rock group


The classic rock band Foreigner will kick off the entertainment at this year's Oregon State Fair Friday. Backing them up on the piece "I Want to Know What Love Is" will be the North High Choir!

Foreigner, with other hits such as "Juke Box Hero," "Hot Blooded," "Cold As Ice," and "Waiting for a Girl Like You," is known for their support of school music programs, and the Viking Choir will receive $500 for their participation.

If you want to see this concert, it will be Friday, August 26, at 7 pm at the State Fair Amphitheater. It is a free performance with admission to the Fair, which is only $1.50 on opening day. Come cheer on the Vikings!
Hall of Fame

The final selection of the class of 2016 of the North Salem High
Hall of Fame has concluded with a committee of nine alumni and faculty choosing from among a star-studded field of nominees. North's unique Hall of Fame features four categories.   Here are this year's inductees:

Carrie Halsell (Ward), class of 1921, was the first African- American to graduate from Salem High. While in high school Carrie was involved in Girls' Club, Glee Club, Girls' Reserve, and Commercial Club, and was on honor roll 4 years.

She went on to become the first black graduate of Oregon Agricultural College (now Oregon State University). After marriage, she moved to the east coast and pursued a career as a professor. She was recently honored by OSU where a new dormitory was named for her.

Doug Brown, class of 1964, achieved the highest honors in his chosen sport, rodeo. A frequent winner in bull riding, he garnered the title of World All-Around Champion, rodeo's highest honor. He was inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame, alongside fellow Viking Larry Mahan.

While at North, Brown participated in wrestling and Hi-Y and was the speaker at the Senior Banquet. Following his rodeo career, Doug became a successful restaurant owner in Silverton and is honored in that town with one of its many wall murals.

This is the only category open to non-graduates. James C. Nelson served the school in several capacities from 1914 to 1944. He was principal of Salem High School for 14 year, then served an additional 8 years as principal emeritus, and finally as registrar until his death in 1944.

Described in 1934 as "a true philosopher and friend.... Probably the thing that lifts Mr. Nelson far above the rank and his youthful outlook on life, combined with his wide knowledge and experience.... Always the student's counselor and friend, Mr Nelson has won a firm foothold in the heart of every student whose privilege it has been to make 'Jimmy's' acquaintance."

Until last year a member of North's senior class received a scholarship in Nelson's honor for demonstrating the greatest "scholarship for scholarship's sake."

Distinguished Lifetime

David Chambers, class of 1961, continues to have a stellar career in the field of dental education. At North High he was the student body president, a three-sport athlete, and a leader in numerous clubs and student government. He was one of the Commencement speakers.

Chambers attained bachelor's and master's degrees from Harvard and a doctorate from Stanford, in addition to an MBA. He has been a long-time associate dean at the University of Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco, an unusual position for someone with no training in dentistry. He is the only non-dentist to be selected to the American College of Dentists, an honorary organization whose mission is to "advance excellence, ethics, professionalism, and leadership in dentistry."

Recently Dave has been focusing on ethics in the medical field and has just published a book entitled Building the Moral Community, available on Amazon.

Every year one person or team is chosen from each of the four categories. Nominations can be submitted on the alumni webpage (see link above), and nominations are kept in the pool even if the nominee is not chosen for a given year. We encourage you to consider making nominations and supplying as much supporting information as possible to support your proposal, as we have many deserving nominees left in the pool. You may go to our webpage and see all the inductees, as well as be able to download a nomination form.
Fall sports and marching band start seasons
Fall sports and music activities are revving up right away!   Here are the first home varsity events:
  • Friday, Aug. 26, 6 pm, football jamboree with Aloha, David Douglas, and Glencoe
  • Friday, Aug. 26, 6:30 pm, volleyball vs. Willamette HS
  • Monday, Aug. 29, 7 pm,girls' soccer vs. Thurston
  • Thursday, Sept. 1, 7 pm, boys' soccer vs. South Albany
  • Friday, Sept. 2, 7 pm, football vs. McNary
A Golden Age pass is available for senior citizens at any Salem-Keizer public high school at no cost which will get the bearer into any non-playoff game at any one of the high schools for free!

Marching band will perform at all home football games and they will start their competitive season soon.

Gibson wins national shooting title
North High sophomore-to-be Taylor Gibson won the precision championship at the American Legion Junior 3-position National Air Rifle Championship July 23 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. She received a $5,000 college scholarship for winning.
She set the American Legion national record for precision. She will be attending the American Legion National convention at the end of this week in Cincinnati to be honored.

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.



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