North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association
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Viking Association Newsletter

Number 14

January 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:






North High News

Culinary Arts at North High


If you attended North High or Salem High when there was "Home Economics," you would be very surprised at what North High offers today. Sewing is not even offered and "cooking" has morphed into "culinary arts." The current instructor is Maryann Davis, and when she arrived at North several years ago, there was only one culinary class with a mere eight students enrolled. Now there are five culinary classes, each averaging around 30 students. The program uses an interdisciplinary model, combining writing, math, English language development, research, world studies, and application. Courses are designed to encourage student interest and promote opportunities for young people to move into careers in the culinary industry.


Great things are happening for this department in the next few months. First, North High's culinary team will participate in Oregon Sate's ProStart Culinary Competition on Saturday, February 16. Secondly, many of the Culinary 4 students are looking forward to working toward college credit which includes interning in the restaurant industry.


Do you remember High Home (Room 103)?  At one time the room was used to prepare young women to be the "homemakers of tomorrow."  Then it became a conference room.  Most recently it was the college and career center.  Exciting changes are taking place in High Home!   It is being remodeled and will host the culinary program's Bistro.  Students will have the opportunity for instruction in running a restaurant--both the business aspect and food preparation.  The remodel will consist of updating the kitchens to industry standards and creating a dining environment that will also serve as a classroom for direct instruction.  Students will be able to work with a chef mentor, collaborate with North's business classes, and offer students and staff a unique dining experience!  Plans are to maintain the original hardwood trim, the fireplace (purely decorative), and the mirrored wall--in effect, to resurrect what once was a very lovely room.


Viking Art on YouTube


An art project of North High art teacher Barb Narkaus scored on YouTube this month.   "Uniting America," a success at North and in Salem, has gone national.  Check it out at

(Thanks for the heads up on this to Virginia Gomer, Gloria Martin, and Lavelle Allen.)


Musicals return to North!


   Finally, for the first time in well over a decade, the North High drama department will be putting on a musical.  Tentatively scheduled for April 11, 12,13, 18, 19, and 20, "Bye, Bye Birdy" will hit the stage in the school auditorium.  Be sure to save one of those dates.  We will have more information about the production and the drama department in next month's newsletter.

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.


"Snail mail" mail out 


Be on the look out for our first ever mail out by the US Postal Service.  We are diversifying our means of communicating with you.


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.