North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association

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Viking Association Newsletter


Number 6              May  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:


Homer Wood '59, President

Steve Chambers '62, VP

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

Emery Billings '61



Feel free to contact the following:


Steve Chambers:

Michael T. Smith:

Homer Wood:







North News 

In this section, each month we will bring you news of what's happening currently at North High.




Girl's Track Team

The North Girls' Track and Field team made Viking history, becoming the first North women's sport team to win an outright district title. In the past, two teams have tied for championships: volleyball in 1988 and basketball in 1991. The North girls went undefeated in Central Valley Conference dual meets. (The CVC is the successor to the old Valley League.) Representing North at State will be senior Alyssa Neal (long jump and triple jump), senior Christine Vermillion (shot put), sophomore Kiera Gabladon (400), sophomore Riley Knebes (300 hurdles), and the 4x400 relay of Knebes, Gabaldon, Neal, and Neal's sophomore sister Kaelia.




The brain child of former North High science teacher Jon Yoder (currently Salem-Keizer schools science coordinator), the Straub Environmental Learning Center opened for use in 2004. The SELC is housed in a detached building on the North campus next to Olinger Pool and Mill Creek. The building is LEED certified, the first in the school district. Funding came from multiple sources including A Salem-Keizer capital construction bond in 1998, matching funds from the City of Salem and the school district, public donations, and grants from Salem-area Rotaries, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Water Resources Department, and the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship.


Staffed by North science teacher Rich Schwatzentruber, curriculum includes Biology, Natural History of Oregon, and Field Biology. Students have worked on numerous projects over the years including removal of non-native invasive vegetation, planting native plants and designing signage to describe it, constructing fish habitat structures in Mill Creek, monitoring stream quality (there is a water gauging station on site), and most recently installing a rain garden to collect roof runoff, which prevents it from being deposited directly into Mill Creek. Oregon Fish and Wildlife annually supplies Chinook salmon eggs and the developing fry are released by students in December. This spring, Horticulture students are creating a vegetable garden of approximately 1,800 sq. ft.


The building is also used by the Friends of the Straub Environmental Learning Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to environmental education. Throughout the year the FSELC provides offers programs for students and adults alike to heighten concern and respect for Oregon's environment. The Learning Center is a showcase of sustainable building and landscape practices. And it's only at North High!




Graduation for some 350 Vikings from the class of 2012 will take place at the Salem Armory, Thursday. June 7. There will be a lot of new member for our Association.

 Alumni News

It's finally here! The Viking Association now has a website, and a great one it is! You can click on the link in the upper left of this page to visit and check it out. There are links to reunion activities as well as class gatherings. If you know of such activies not currently listed, please let us know. The website will have articles not included in the e-newsletter, as well as expanded coverage of ones that do appear here.


A committee of North High staff and Viking Association members have put together a process for selecting the recipients of our two scholarships. The Mark Hatfield scholarship will be awarded to a senior who exemplifies scholarship, leadership, character and service. This prize was originally to have been for $1000, but generous gifts of Antoinette Hatfield, the senator's widow, and an anonymous donor have raised the award to $2000. The Edith Green scholarship will be a $1000 award to a senior girl who is an outstanding scholar / athlete. Rep. Green, a graduate of Salem High School was the sponsor of Title IX, granting equality to women in education and sports. The scholarships will be awarded at the Senior Assembly.


The Hall of Fame committee will begin its deliberations in later this month for the next class of inductees. North's Hall is unique, in that only one of the four classificatons is sports. The catagories are: Distinguished Lifetime Award, Service, Achievement, and Athletics. All winners except in the Service catagory must be Viking alumni. Service is open to any individual who has been instrumental in improving the school, its academics, and the lives of its students (for example, outstanding faculty members). To make nominations, go to our website for information and nomination forms. As this is a very competitive process, please make the best case possible for any nominee. All nominations will remain in the pool for the next year, so you don't have to continuously resubmit.


Plans for the celebration of the school building's 75th anniversary next fall are also moving ahead. Stay tuned for infomation so you can join in the fun!



Our website has information on reunions that are being planned for this summer and fall.  Check there for your class.  Unfortunately, the school has not yet heard from some classes concerning their intentions to get together.  If you have information not on our list on the website, please pass that on to us so we can help you communicate with your fellow classmates. 


Our website will post photos of reunions as we receive them.  Smile for the cameras!


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 you 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.