North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association
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Viking Association Newsletter

Number 18

June 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:

  • Scholarships
  • Summer building use
  • Hall of Fame


North High News
Graduation  June 7 saw 332 seniors walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. They join the ranks of alumni who have been graduation from  Salem High School / North Salem High School for over a century.  A new tradition was begun this year with graduation being held outdoors on the new football field.  For decades the Armory Auditorium at the State Fairgrounds has been the scene of graduations, but it was felt the football stadium could accommodate a larger audience.  Fortunately the weather held and the ceremony was deemed a big success.  

Let us know if you graduated at North or Salem High at a location other than the Armory.  We know that the class of 1937 held their ceremony in the newly-built Salem High auditorium.  For how many years after that were the formalities held at the high school?)

For the second year, scholarships sponsored by the Viking Association were presented to two seniors at the Senior Award Assembly.  Both awards are chosen from nominations by the staff and are chosen by a committee of North staff as well.
Sam Skillern IV
The Mark O. Hatfield Scholarship of $2000 was presented this year to Samuel Skillern IV.  Named in honor of the late United States Senator (a 1940 graduate and inaugural member of our school's Hall of Fame), this award is chosen on the basis of four characteristics Hatfield exemplified: scholarship, leadership, character, and service. Sam was a 4.0 student and was chosen as North's Statesman-Journal Academic All-Star (see the April issue of the Alumni News).  He was also awarded the November Rotary Student of the Month, the Optimist Youth of the Year, and Louis Armstrong Award for Outstanding Jazz Musician.  In his nomination, Sam was recognized as being "inherently curious, eager, and intellegent."  He will be attending Seattle Pacific University in the fall.

The $1000 Edith Starrett Green Scholarship is named in honor of the 1927 alumna who went on to serve in the United States House of Representatives where she is best known for her leadership in the passage of Title IX granting women equality in education, including athletics.  The award is presented to a senior on the basis of scholarship and sports.  This year's recipient is Kelsey Rank.  Involved in many activities, Kelsey excelled academically while actively helping out her community.  She has been a volleyball player for 9 years, playing both for North and for the Salem Volleyball Club. She will continue to play at her chosen college, Oregon Institute of Technology.  She is described as "a remarkable person: hard-working, intelligent, and able to find success in any environment." 

Congratulations to both of these worthy recipients!

North High in the Summer
Last year we ran a story about the use of the building during summer "vacation."  Alums and friends we generally surprised that the school was not just shut down for the break to allow custodians to get it ready for the fall.  

This summer 22 classrooms, the library, and the cafeteria are in use:  about a third of the building.  Programs include:
  • STP - Summer Transition Program for incoming freshmen (245 students)
  • District Migrant High School Summer Program
  • District Migrant Middle School Program
  • North Salem High Credit Recovery
  • Breakfast and lunch served every weekday
  • Weight Watchers every Tuesday morning (primarily staff, but open to the public)
Several of the programs are federally funded, like the migrant programs and the meals.  But once again the building is getting considerable use, including a number of academic programs.
Alumni News
Meet the Viking Association Board of Directors As we continue our monthly articles introducing you to our Board of Directors, this month we feature Dick Hornaday.
dick hornaday 
Dick graduated from Salem High School in 1953 and, as he says, "with no prospects for the future and no money," he joined the United States Marines.  Honorable discharged as a sergeant, and taking advantage of the GI Bill, he enrolled at University of Oregon.  For the next few decades Dick was a teacher, counselor, coach, assistant principal, and principal at schools in St. Helens, Molalla, and Independence.  Since retirement in 1991, Dick has served with the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA).  Mr. Hornaday was part of the committee that developed the scholarships from the Salem High School class of 1953, a project that has provided tens of thousands of dollars in to North High students.  Dick also was instrumental in the committee which built the turf football field for North, the very field on which graduation was held this spring.  
Hall of Fame

In the last newsletter, we mentioned that nominations for this year's Hall of Fame were closed.  Since the selection committee is not meeting until the end of summer, we decided to re-open nominations until August 20.  One of our four nomination categories is very thin on nominees:  "service" is the group that includes a "faculty, coach, staff, or community member whose actions and/or achievements may not be categorized" in any of the other three classifications (Achievement, Athletics, and Distinguished Lifetime), "but are deserving of such recognition and honor."  This is the only category open to individuals who are not alumni of Salem High / North Salem High. Here is an opportunity to honor that teacher, coach, or counselor who had a lasting impact on your life.  We are particularly looking for staff from the 40s, 50s, and 60s--folks who may soon be forgotten, but don't deserve to be.    
Be mindful that selection to the Hall of Fame is highly competitive.  There-fore, inclusion of as much supporting information about the nominees as possible improves their chances of being selected.  Anecdotical as well as documentary information is welcome.  Individuals and teams nominated in past years who have not yet been selected are still in the running.

As our website is down as we make some changes, links to the nomination forms are noted below.  Please send to the Hall of Fame Committee, care of North High.  The address is on the form.

Hall of Fame Nomination page 1
Hall of Fame Nomination page 2


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.


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