North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association
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Viking Association Newsletter

Number 21

August 2013

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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

David Rhoten, '52 Secretary

Herb Triplett '54, Asst. Treas.

Doug Bolton '58, Asst. Secr.

Dick Hornaday '53

Michael T. Smith (friend)

Ken Simila '58 

Kay Mattson '81

Vijitra Boonkoom '92 


Feel free to contact the following:


Steve Chambers:

Michael T. Smith:

Homer Wood:






Featured in this issue:

  • Start of School
  • Homecoming
North High News


Back to School

Today the halls of North Salem High are empty of students.  The furniture is back in the rooms and the (new) linoleum tiles are freshly waxed and polished.  That will all change on Tuesday, September 3 as this year's freshmen will start swarming the corridors on their orientation day.  Lockers will be decorated with calendars, mirrors, and photos.  Lifelong friendships will begin.  The next day, Wednesday, all the rest of the students will be back and classes for the school year 2013-14 will begin.  The cycle repeats itself, though this year a new graduation requirement is in place in addition to the previous language arts ones.  Seniors now must also pass State tests in mathematics in order to receive their diplomas.


Fall Sports

Fall sports have already begun!  On Friday, Sept. 30, the Vikings were away at Newberg for a non-conference game.  

Jerrin Williams 

Quarterback Jerrin Williams


The first home games for various varsity sports are as follows:

Football: Sept. 6, 7 pm,  vs. Glencoe

Volleyball: Sept. 3 vs. Oregon City and Lincoln

Girls' Soccer: Sept. 5, 6:30, vs. Benson (played on the football field) 

Boys' Soccer: Sept. 4, 6:30, vs. Woodburn (on football field)

Cross Country: Sept. 10, 4:30 vs. Central Valley Conference teams

            at Bush Park (starts at lower south field area)


For season schedules for all sports, click on the link below:



Senior citizens (over 65) are reminded that you can get a Golden Age Pass for free by going in to the North High office.  The pass will give you admission to all Salem-Keizer sporting events other than those sponsored by OSAA (like playoff games).  (You can even go to games of the dreaded South High Saxons!)



This year Homecoming will be Friday, Sept. 27.  The week leading up to Homecoming will feature the usual "Spirit Days" dress up days and either hall or door decorations following this year's theme (TBA). The football game this year will be against cross-town rival McKay HS.  Activities on the big day will include a pep assembly presenting the Homecoming Court as well as this year's class of inductees into the North High Hall of Fame. In addition, a group of students and staff from North's Japanese sister high school will be in attendance.  A complete schedule of Homecoming will be included in the September edition of this newsletter.

Alumni News



Hall of Fame

Voting by the Hall of Fame committee is nearly complete and the class of 2013 will be announced in September.  Inductees will be introduced at the Homecoming pep assembly and game and have a reception after school on September 27.  We are taking nominations already for next year's recipients, so go to our website to find out how to nominate a worthy individual or team (see upper left corner of this newsletter for the link).



Our new webmaster, Judson Birkel, has completed updates to the website, which is fully operational.  He will soon be completely revamping and modernizing the page.


Help Needed!

We need volunteers to help with data entries as we update our database.  If you live in the Salem area and would be willing to volunteer some time to do this, please contact Steve Chambers at or 503-364-5767.  A computer that can function with Excel would be necessary.


Upcoming Major Project

Stay tuned for information in the near future of a new major project of the Viking Association!  This will be BIG and will be a great addition to North Salem High School.  We truly hope you will want to be a part of it.


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.