North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association
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Viking Association Newsletter

Number 22

September 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:

  • Homecoming
  • Hall of Fame
North High News


The week of September 23-27 is Homecoming 2013 at North High.  The usual activities of dress up days, hall decorations, and class competitions will highlight the week leading up to the big day of Friday.  Here is the schedule for Homecoming Day, Sept. 27:


1:40     Pep Assembly in gym (introduction of Homecoming Court, Hall of Fame inductees (see below under "Alumni News"), and Japanese sister high school delegation (see article below).


2:45     Induction of Hall of Fame honorees in library


3:30     Girls' soccer vs. South Salem


3:45     North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association annual meeting in library (open to all)


5:00     Homecoming Parade from St. Timothy's Episcopal Church (3295 Ladd Ave. NE, off Savage Rd. between Market and D).  Parade will progress down D St. to the school.  All Vikings are invited to participate.


7:00     Homecoming Football game vs McKay


Homecoming is traditionally the time when alumni return to their school to share memories with friends and show their support for their alma mater.  We hope you will consider joining us for our big celebration! 


Japanese Sister High School Visit

 Since 1987, North High has had a sister high school relationship with Kawagoe City High School in Salem's sister city of Kawagoe, Japan.  It is the longest running exchange between international high schools in the Northwest, if not the entire West.  In June, 5 students and 3 teachers visited Kawagoe and received a royal treatment by their Japanese hosts.  The delegation stayed with homestay families and learned about Japanese lifestyles and culture.


The week of Sept. 22-29, 8 students and 3 teachers from Kawagoe City High School will visit Salem and be hosted by North High students and faculty.  They will tour Salem, visit the High Desert Museum in Bend, enjoy life with their Salem homestay families, and of course participate in Homecoming activities.  Thursday, Sept. 26, after school they will host a "thank-you" reception at North High.


Metal Drive


In an effort to augment reduced funding, the North High Band is collecting scrap metal to sell.  Saturday, September 21, from  7 am to 4 pm in the school's D St. parking lot people may bring in all kinds of metal, though metal containing liquid or freon will not be accepted.  They will also do pick ups.  The contact number is 503-585-9161.  This may be the time to get rid of that old washing machine or curtain rods!

Alumni News


Hall of Fame


On Friday, September 27, four new individuals will be inducted into the North High Hall of Fame. Ours is a unique honoring in that we have four categories, only one of which is athletics.  We believe that students should have role models who have been successful in a variety of endeavors.  This year's honorees are:



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.


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