Tom Pickens (2006 Service Award)

Tom Pickens was a three-sport athlete at North Salem High School before going off to Oregon State University to earn his Masters’ Degree in Education. He came back to North High to teach Physical Education in the late 1950’s, and coach football into the early 1970’s. He became the first principal at Sprague High School, but returned to North High as principal until the early 1980’s “Tom was a legend in the Salem-Keizer School District for 30 years and cared for his students in an outstanding manner,” says Herb Triplett in nominating Mr. Pickens.