Come celebrate the event to be held at Villa Milano

  Saturday, May 20, 2017


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Plans are in the works for a 50th celebration for ol’ Northland High, which opened its doors to grades 7-11 in September, 1966.  Join the celebration as we fondly look back over the last 50 years of Northland High School.

 Contact Bobbi Moore Ruhl (614-348-6564)

Thank you to all the Viking Alumni and former administrators who volunteered their time to participate in the NHS Career Day on January 25th!  The school has booked their presenter schedule to the max and is very appreciative of the response!

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NHS ALUMNI, our high school needs you!!!

Yes, YOU!

CAREER DAY       January 25th, 2017         8am – Noon

Sign up to share your on-the-job knowledge and inspire students!
Last year’s participants included-
Builders Exchange, Law, Police/Fire Dept., Engineering, Medical Field, Worthington Industries, Cosmetology/Barber and Military (Any position within those general fields would be great, so that kids understand there are many dimensions in a single discipline.)
Additional areas-
The Arts: A specific request for photography was mentioned. Curators, chefs, restaurant owners, musicians, visual artists, performance artists etc. would be wonderful to have visit.
Engineering is a field that has great interest at NHS with their STEM group.  Support in this area is needed.  
Contact Beth ( ) to see where you can contribute!
or, contact us here at NHSAF ( )

A morning of your time can inspire a career for a lifetime!



December 8, 2016

Vikings, we share with you a thank you note from our fellow Viking, Jim Hartigan ’79, who recently raised $5,000 for a great cause –the St. Jude Marathon in Memphis.  Congrats to Jim (left) and his friend and running pal, Joe Heasley ’77!   Jim an Joe have been active with NHSAF and we are very proud of their recent achievement!


Dear Friends,

This past weekend was an incredible experience.  Joe Heasley (NHS ’77) made the trip from Columbus, Ohio to Memphis, TN to join me in running in the St. Jude Marathon.  It was quite chilly (especially the last few miles) and drizzled/rained from mile 8 onward.  So we were cold and wet – but, we finished all 26.2 miles…Running… in 5 hours 48 minutes 47 seconds – exactly the same time for both of us!  I’ve attached two photos – one of the finisher medal and one of Joe and I just after the race.

THANK YOU to everyone who supported this endeavor and contributed to help the great work being done at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  WE RAISED $5,000.00!!!!   Here’s my list of Hartigan’s Caring Heart’s Club for 2016

Sam Perry Bill Fortier Phil & Lori Keipper
Andrea Warling Ken Price Renee D’Amico
Barbara DeYoung Tonya Southwick and Southwick Press Ashley Sikora
Stephen Arnold Roy Johnson Bill Petschonek
Rick Schultz Adrian Kurre Jay Eubank
Tracy Morrison Melinda Chivian Scott Schrank
Debra Jourdan Jeff White Kathleen Heath
David Vukovich Steve and Angela Montoya Steve Hufford
Sean Milner Merry Lea Goodrich Brian & Robbie Hubbard
Andy Shaul Ken Thompson Ty Bushart
Laurie Spinosi Joe McDevitt Melissa Butler
Diane Heyman Dan Phipps Eddie Colvin
Loretta Vilim Tracey Moss Jim and Jeanne Hartigan
Delia Molinski Deirdre O’Rourke Hemingway Tom Tutt
Karen & Doug Flowers Margaret Neal Tamera Foster
Mark & Dawn Daniel David Gillespie Team Orgwide

It’s not too late – if you still want to contribute – simply click here:

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Thanks So Very Much and Until Next Year….

With much appreciation,

Jim Hartigan
Chief Business Development Officer and Partner
office: (901) 850-8190 ext. 230
mobile: (901) 628-6586




See your fellow Alums at these yearly recurring events hosted by NHSAF.


NHSAF ALUMNI NIGHT:  Fall Football Game

 Come on back to  NHS for Alumni Night… always the  FIRST HOME GAME of the football season.

Join the fans in the stadium to cheer on a Viking victory.  Fall sports members,   Band members, Valkyries, and Cheerleaders are welcome to join their younger counterparts and share stories from their days at Northland.


NHSAF ALUMNI NIGHTS:  Winter Basketball Game

Join the fun – always  the FIRST  HOME BASKETBALL GAME of the season.

Cheer on the basketball Vikings in the NHS gym.  You’ll still see the age-old Viking  ship on the wall!


NHSAF Annual All-Class Reunion

Always the 1st Saturday in August each year!

7:00 pm at  Flannagan’s in Dublin (Caine Rd near Sawmill and 1-270)

Bring ID!  Tell them at the gate you are a Northland Alum — a portion of all proceeds collected at the door go toThe Chuck Deyo Scholarship Fund!

Contact: Neal “Ric” Johnson at


NHSAF Annual Golf Outing

Plans will be announced for each year’s outing.

(Previous outings:  August, 2016 at St. Albans / August, 2015 at Champions)


Chuck Deyo Scholarship Recipients

NHSAF congratulates the 2016 Deyo Scholarship winners!

The 2016 Chuck Deyo Scholarships were presented at the NHS Awards Ceremony in  May.  Recipients Cierra King and Wedly Cazy received the awards from NHSAF Board Members Neal (Ric) Johnson and Randy Suver, both from Class of 71.

The 2016 Chuck Deyo Scholarships were presented at the NHS Awards Ceremony in May. Recipients Cierra King and Wedly Cazy received the awards from NHSAF Board Members Neal (Ric) Johnson and Randy Suver, both from Class of 71.


Seniors Cierra King and Wedly Cazy received certificates of award at the Northland HS  Awards Ceremony May 19th.

NHSAF Board Members Neal (Ric) Johnson and Randy Suver were on hand to make the presentations.

Each student will receive $1,500 to use for their college education.  Cierra will attend Denison University to earn a degree in Communications and Public Relations.

Wedly will be going to Ohio State to study Fashion Merchandising and pursue an advanced business degree.

NHSAF salutes this second year of recipients and also those who applied for the Deyo Scholarship.  We wish them well as they graduate high school and move on to college!



We say goodbye to our teacher and friend, Chuck Deyo

1 Chuck - Student aby 1957 Central HS w. Coach Frank Howe          4 Chuck Deyo_Buckeye football 1958-59      5 Chuck Deyo _ Defensive Football Coach 1971          7 Chuck Deyo _Science Teacher            chuck_deyo_8.4.2007


Northland teacher and coach Chuck Deyo passed away on June 16, 2015, after a two year-long battle with cancer.  A loving memorial service was held at Galena United Methodist Church on June 27th, and it was no surprise to see the sanctuary and lobby filled to capacity with people from Ohio and out of state.  It was a heartfelt tribute to Chuck and his family.  Chuck’s family expressed how humbled they were by the outpouring of love and support shared by so many from Northland.

NHSAF  thanks all the Vikings who offered support in some way, whether with cards of encouragement, personal visits, help with painting the wrestling room and the following surprise wrestling room dedication to Chuck, or with The Chuck Roast in April that raised over $34,000 for the Chuck Deyo Scholarship Fund.  Chuck’s genuine smile was his constant sign of appreciation.  The first two Deyo scholarships were awarded in May,  and Chuck will continue to be remembered at Northland through these yearly awards made in his name.  Donations can be made to the Chuck Deyo  Scholarship Fund on the “Donate’ page.

So many Northland Vikings grew to become better people because of Chuck’s influence on their lives, not only in his classroom as a teacher, but on the sports fields as he coached, and well after the high school arena with his continued friendship in life. His positive influence has had an impact on so many.  Chuck’s welcoming grin and cheerful spirit will be remembered always.

The online guest book will remain open through June 16, 2016. Visit

Did you know Chuck was a pilot?  Read more from this February 2014 Ohio State University “On Campus” newlsetter  at

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Chuck’s obituary and photos from attendance at 2014-15 NHSAF events follow.  (Thanks to Marc Schmid ’82 for many of the photos.)

Deyo Charles A. Deyo, 76, of Galena, Ohio, lost his battle with cancer on June 16, 2015. He was born on August 26, 1938 to the late Robert H. and Goldie Lane Deyo. He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Carol, and their children, Brad (Marcia), and Brian (Pam), and two grandchildren, Tyler and Jessica, who he loved very much, along with the family’s pets, Patches, Pepper, Cabo, Zoom, Angel and Tigger. Chuck graduated from Columbus Central High School in 1957, where he earned All-City and All-State honors in football. He was drafted by Woody Hayes to play football at the Ohio State University. During the two years he played there, he earned a pair of gold pants when OSU beat Michigan. After a brief break in college, he enrolled at Otterbein College where he played his remaining year of eligibility and graduated in 1963 with a BS in Education. He later earned his MS in Education at Xavier University. Chuck started his teaching and coaching career in the Columbus City School District at Franklin Junior High School and went on to East High School as an assistant football and head wrestling coach. In 1968, Frank Howe (his former high school coach) had an opening at Northland High School and invited Chuck to join his staff in football and become the head wrestling coach. He later added girls fast pitch softball when he dropped football so he could watch his son play. Chuck’s teams were very successful and won many city championships and tournaments during his 33 years of coaching. He loved his students and athletes and kept in contact with them in the years after his retirement in 1995. All of his life he had wanted to fly, so he took flight lessons and earned his Private Pilot, Instrument Rating, and Commercial licenses after his retirement. He was able to fly people all around the country in single engine planes for several years. He finished his working career at The Ohio State University Airport, retiring from there in September of 2014. He was blessed to teach, coach and work with exceptional people who he dearly loved and who he kept in touch with all the years of his life. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 27, at 1 p.m., at the Galena Methodist Church, 2777 Sunbury Road, Galena, Ohio 43021 with Pastor Dirk Wooten officiating. Arrangements entrusted to DeVORE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME in Sunbury. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Chuck’s memory to Ohio Health Kobacker House, 800 McConnell Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43214. Condolences may be expressed at – See more at:


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First NHSAF membership card was given to Chuck at the Fall 2014 Alumni potluck

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Fall 2014 Alumni potluck

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Chuck’s reaction to seeing friends at the surprise wrestling room dedication April 10, 2015

Greeting friends and former students at the dedication

Greeting friends and former students at the dedication

Meeting current NHS wrestling coach Nathan Wylder

Meeting current NHS wrestling coach Nathan Wylder

Chuck with NHSAF organizers Randy Suver and Ric Johnson

Chuck with NHSAF organizers Randy Suver and Ric Johnson

Greeting Coach at The Chuck Roast April11, 2015

Greeting Coach at The Chuck Roast April 11, 2015

Stories from the softball gals

Stories from the softball gals

Chuck introducing his first champion wrestler, 1968 East High State Champ Ralph Cox

Chuck introducing his first state champion wrestler, Ralph Cox (1968 East High)

A gracious and heartfelt thank you!

A heartfelt thank you from Chuck

The First Chuck Deyo Scholarship Recipients

Meet the first recipients of the NHSAF Chuck Deyo Scholarship for scholar athletes!  Among their many high school achievements, Aleah Holley and Morgan Ly both have better than a 4.0 cumulative GPA, have competed in three sports while at Northland, and also have competed in national competitions with the S.T.E.M Club.   Aleah, an All-City Cross Country member, will attend Miami University to earn a degree in International Studies before studying to become a lawyer.   Morgan, who ran Cross Country and Track and played baseball, will attend OSU, and has set his sites to become a doctor.

All 2015 applicants for the scholarship were beyond outstanding and have much to look forward to in their bright futures.   The Chuck Deyo Scholarship awards were presented during the high school awards ceremony by NHSAF Board members Ric (Neal) Johnson ’71,  Bobbi Moore Ruhl ’69, and Randy Suver ’71.  Class of 2015, You Make NHSAF Proud.   Go Vikings!!


The first recipients of the Chuck Deyo Scholarship are Northland seniors Aleah Holley and Morgan Ly.

The first recipients of the Chuck Deyo Scholarship are Northland seniors Aleah Holley and Morgan Ly.  NHSAF presenters are (l-r) Randy Suver ’71, Bobbi Moore Ruhl ’69, and Ric (Neal) Johnson ’71. 

After the Chuck Roast April 11, 2015

The Chuck Roast was a great success, with over 225 people attending!  Thanks for sharing the night with Chuck, and thanks to those who also came out the night before to surprise him at the unveiling of the NHS wrestling room.  The facelift looked amazing!  And so did Chuck’s ear-to-ear grin!


Special thanks to 

DeBellis Painting Services Co. – Pete DeBellis ’73 for painting the wrestling room

Identity Systems  – Pat Anderson ’71 for help with the wrestling room signs

FreelanceStyles  ( for web designer services for this website






Graduates seek ways to ‘give back’ to the school

A group of Northland High School graduates in central Ohio have gotten together to breathe new life into a foundation that aims to create closer bonds between alumni while helping current students.

“Fundamentally, we just want to reconnect the alumni with each other and with the school, and connect students with the alumni, because there’s a great history and tradition with the school,” Sean Milner, who graduated from NHS in 1986, said last week.

“They’ll be able to learn more about the past and we’ll learn more about the present.”

“There’s a lot of interest in that now,” said Bobbie Ruhl, a member of the class of 1969.

“The bottom line to it is that Northland has given us so much, what we’re trying to do is pay back,” 1971 graduate Ric Johnson said.

The rejuvenated organization for Northland High alumni received a major boost during a gathering held the night before this past football season’s homecoming game, Ruhl said. U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Genoa Township), who counts himself among the school’s graduates, attended and even led the alumni band, according to Ruhl.

The fundraising efforts that have taken place for the foundation enabled the group to provide the school’s STEM Team with a check for $2,000 to help pay for a trip to a national competition, said Ruhl, a Columbus City Schools substitute teacher.

“Right now, we’re just trying to coalesce our finances together,” said Johnson, who founded the all-class “First Saturday in August” reunions.

Milner, who started a softball game for NHS grads around 20 years ago, said he hopes the foundation one day becomes a self-sufficient organization that can underwrite scholarships for students.

“Initially, the idea is we want to have something that’s a way for people to network,” Milner said. “Through the events and things we’re going to do, hopefully people say they want to give back to the school, whether it’s monetarily or through some other means … maybe come to class and talk about their lives.”

“Northland is a big part of what got us where we are today,” Johnson said.

Information about becoming involved with the Northland High School Alumni Foundation is available at the organization’s website, It includes contact information for Johnson.


Source: Kevin Parks, This Week