North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association
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Viking Association Newsletter

Number 23

October 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:






  •  Japanese visit
  • Homecoming
  • State Report Card
  • Hall of Fame
North High News

Visit from sister high school


In 1987 a formal relationship for a sister high school was established with what is now Kawagoe City High School in Japan.  Every other year since that time, the two schools have been sending delegations of students and staff for a one-week exchange.  North's last visit took place in June of this year.  Kawagoe is Salem's sister city.


During the week of September 22, 8 students and 3 teachers visited North High and joined in the Homecoming festivities.  The delegation was housed in homestays with North students and staff.  During their time here they had a walking tour of key Salem sights, sat in on classes, spent a night in Central Oregon (where they had an early Thanksgiving dinner!), danced at the Homecoming assembly, and rode in the Homecoming parade.  


The purpose of the exchanges is to learn more about each other's culture and daily life.  We believe that this is the longest operating sister high school relationship in the Northwest, and possibly the West Coast.  None of the funding comes from tax dollars or the school budget.  All funds are raised by participating students through auctions, sales, and donations.




The week of September 23-27 saw a very successful Homecoming

Homecoming Court

celebration, culminating in a victory by the varsity football team over cross-town rival McKay.  Hall decorations and dress-up days took place during the week.  Friday was the big day, with the Homecoming Assembly introducing the Homecoming Court and the crowning of the king and queen (seniors Dexter Alik and Riley Knebes). Also, the new inductees into the North High Hall of Fame were introduced

JROTC in Homecoming parade 

and the visitors from Japan performed a dance. Right after school, the Hall of Famers were inducted in the library.  In the late afternoon, the Homecoming parade, led by the Pride of the Vikings Marching Band, made its way down D Street to the delight of the neighbors.  Tailgating contributed to the celebratory atmosphere, which was rewarded by the big win by the football team.  It was a great week!


North scores well on State Report Cards


The new State Report Cards gave North Salem High a 4 out of 5 in a newly formulated ranking.  Scoring takes into account the percentage of students proficient in math and reading, along with improvement on state tests and graduation rates.  Only one of our six high schools ranked ahead of North and South High rated only a 3.  The rankings show the tremendous dedication of North's staff.  Incidentally, the North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association contributed $5000 to help staff work with students needing to pass the State Writing Assessment.  North had the lowest number of students of any of the Salem high schools unable to pass the assessment.  Way to go Vikings!

Alumni News

Hall of Fame


At a special ceremony held in the North High Library on Homecoming Day, Sept. 27, four deserving individuals were inducted into the North High Hall of Fame.  Their pictures on plaques are on display with past inductees in the main hall of the school.  We are reprinting last month's introduction of these outstanding individuals in their honor.



Babak Mohammadi, class of 1990

A two-time State Champion at North and Four-time All-American at OSU in wrestling, Babak was 76-0 in his last two years as a Viking.  An immigrant from Iran, Babak is in the OSU Hall of Fame, and has become a proud US citizen and businessman.



Richard (Dick) Hornaday, class of 1953

A Marine veteran, Dick became an educator, serving as a teacher, coach, counselor and administrator, retiring as a principal in Independence.  He now works for the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators.  Along with others in the class of '53, he helped establish a scholarship fund which has awarded more than $27,000 to North High students.  Dick was one of the most instrumental  leaders in the group who raised the revenue for the North Salem turf football field.


Distinguished Lifetime

Ava Helen Miller Pauling, class of 1921

Wife of two-time Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling, Ava Pauling was a lifelong advocate for social justice, human rights, and peace.  She opposed the incarceration of Japanese-Americans during WWII, fought for women's rights, and her opposition to nuclear weapons was highly influential in the Partial Test Ban Treaty of 1963, for which he husband received the Nobel Peace Prize.



Jeaneen Gann

Though she did not graduate from North Salem High School, Jeaneen Gann left a major imprint on her adopted school as a beloved math teacher and coach.  As math department coordinator, Jeaneen was known for her Friday song and for exhorting the student body over the morning announcements to "Do your math!"  She was an outstanding basketball coach whose teams regularly made the state playoffs and even the State Tournament.


In memorium:  Orville Roth          

On October 13, Orville Roth passed away.  He was an iconic businessman and philanthropist.  In 1962, Roth started his first grocery store in Silverton in 1962.  He was well known for his bow tie and his commitment to customer service.  Many a North High student got their first job from Orville, as well as life lessons in work ethic. Roth graduated from Salem High School in 1952 and he was inducted into the North High Hall of Fame in 2010 in the category of Distinguished Lifetime Award.  Our community will miss him.

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