North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association
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Viking Association Newsletter

Number 13

December 2012

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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:






North High News

The Year in Review

After a rocky start with a couple of disasters for the school, it was another outstanding year for North Salem High.  In January, Mill Creek flooded, leaving some damage to the building, but fortunately not causing harm to the new turf football field.  In February, a fire broke out in a storage room in the West Wing of the main building, causing minimal damage but a lot of disruption.


As we have with past floods and fires, the staff and students pulled together and moved on. 


Great things happened in sports in 2012.  The Viking boys' basketball team won its second consecutive Central Valley Conference championship.  The girls' track team not only won the CVC title, but it was the first outright league championship for any girls' team in school history.  Rich Schartzentruber, coach of the boys' soccer team was named the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club coach of the year for all sports, while both the boys' and girls' soccer programs won the league sportsmanship title


The music program also had an outstanding year, with 6th place State finishes for the symphony orchestra, the string orchestra, and the wind ensemble (band).  The jazz band also did itself and North High proud with its annual Jazz at the Mill at Mission Mill.


Academically, North continued to improve on State test scores.  A delegation of Viking students and staff visited Kawagoe City High School in Japan in early summer, continuing our 25-year sister high school relationship.  A return delegation from Japan is expected during Homecoming Week, 2013, and host families will be needed.


Continued great things are expected for Vikings in the year 2013!


Senior All-Night Party

Once again parents are planning to put on a party free of drugs and alcohol all night the night of graduation in June. The idea is to have a safe and fun place for North students to celebrate. One of the most effective lures to get kids to this party is the many raffle items and giveaways. But the parents need help in acquiring good things to be given back to the young people. If you are willing to make a tax-deductible in-kind donation of items, please contact Jennifer Rank at . Consider this option as the tax year for deductions is coming to a close.

Alumni News

Don't forget to check out the Viking Association website, and a great one it is! You can click on the link in the upper left of this page to visit it.


Alumni Year in Review


The Viking Association celebrated its first year of existence in 2012.  The alumni and friends group completed a modest program of projects.  In the Spring, two scholarships were awarded graduating seniors.  The Association also took responsibility for the young North High Hall of Fame, inducting eight individuals and teams this year into the four catagories.


During Homecoming the Association put on a birthday party for the 75-year old North High building.  And in December, a grant of $5000 was given to the school to find ways to help seniors pass the State writing test, now a requirement for graduating.


On a sad note, the oldest member of the Viking Association passed away.  Bob Elgin (class of 1935) was a staunch Viking (and OSU Beaver).  In numerous ways he served the community and his schools.  He chaired the committee that built the weight room at North with all donated money and labor.  He was a co-founder of Windsor Pool which has contributed so many swimmers to North High, from Buz Elgin to the Tomschas.  His ideal of giving back to his schools and community is a model for us all.  He will be greatly missed.


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 pass this newsletter to other Vikings so they can also stay in touch with the school.