On March 18, 2022, a dedication ceremony was held at the plaza and Hesper was unveiled. Afterward, the group gathered at Back Alley Pub & Grill to celebrate with a taco bar, wine, and beer. What a celebration we had!!
Alma Mater Song
NBHS Honor Song
At the reception at Back Alley Pub & Grill after the dedication ceremony, a short PowerPoint presentation was shown. You can download a PDF of the presentation here:
August 2020 Construction begins.Steve, Mike, and Boyd shovel work.June 21 Form work.July 2021 Walls up.July 2021 Steps prepped.August 2021 Steps complete.September 2021 Goulds haul the rock.September 2021 Boulder is moved in.October 2021 Electric work on the plaza.November 2021 Luis Martinez lays initial bricks.November 2021 Santos and Luis Martinez work on the plaza.January 2022 Coast Metal installs the rail.January 2022 Cordell, Boyd, and Mike add donor bricks.January 2022 Legacy Plaza sign is added.February 2022 Sealer is applied.February 2022 Garrett Holmes and Cordell add the major donor sign.February 2022 Hesper arrives.
On behalf of the North Bend School Foundation, we would like to thank the Coquille Indian Tribe for their assistance with funding for projects at the new North Bend High School Trade School program. The NBSF recently helped the school, and instructor Garrett Holmes, complete the winning grant application.
The Trade School Building opened on the east side of the NBHS campus in 2019. Over 100 students each term will be able to have instruction in the building. Students are learning all aspects of the construction industry and will have skills upon graduation that will be valuable as they enter the labor market.
In March of 2020, Brenda Meade, Coquille Tribal Chair (left) presented a check for $10,000 for use at the NBHS Trade School. Accepting the award was Ray Nelsen, NBSF board member, and Garrett Holmes, NBHS Trade School instructor.
WE NEED YOUR HELP IN FULFILLING OUR DREAM OF A PLAZA ON THE NBHS CAMPUS THAT WILL RECOGNIZE CONTRIBUTORS AS WELL AS BEING A FOCAL POINT FOR OUR STUDENTS, ALUMNI AND FANS.
Our goal is to begin construction of the Bulldog Legacy Plaza at North Bend High School in 2020. A large cast bronze “Hesper the Bulldog” statue has been donated and now we need to raise the funds to develop the space into a beautifully landscaped area for social congregating, award ceremonies and recognition of donors.
This fundraising campaign will provide everyone the opportunity to leave a lasting, historical imprint on the school that continues to make an impact on many of our lives. Upon reaching the required modest amount to construct the Plaza, all additional funds raised will go to aid much-needed student programs administered by the North Bend School Foundation.
The Committee thanks you for your consideration in donating to this very worthwhile endeavor. This project is being administered by the Committee for the Friends of Bulldog Legacy Plaza, a function of the North Bend School Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. Your donation may be tax deductible.
The Committee: Cordell Berge – Boyd Bjorkquist – Mike Forrester – Steve Greif – Mark Mattecheck – Ken Sandine
North Bend School Foundation – P.O. Box 333, North Bend, OR 97459 – EIN 26-1298799
Authored by local historian Steven Greif, a former teacher and coach at North Bend High, the book describes the growth of an Oregon coastal school and the importance of athletics and activities in a small-town community. Although mainly focusing on NBHS, the book also has stories about sports teams and sports facilities throughout Coos County including a complete list of champions from the oldest continuously held annual track meet in Oregon – the Coos County Track & Field Meet.
Greif is a board member of the North Bend School Foundation. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to the NBSF. The book retails for $25 and can be purchased at the North Bend High School athletic office 541.751.7160 during school hours or by contacting the author at: email@example.com. Shipping is available for an additional $5.
In the Spring of 2015, The North Bend School Foundation hosted “Be True to your School”, a kickoff event to introduce the Foundation to the community. While the aim of the board was definitely to raise money for our students, the focus of the program was to inform community members of the goals of the foundation and to help spread the word about a great way to help enhance education in North Bend.
The event was hosted by North Bend Lanes and Banner Bank, who furnished beverages and appetizers, respectively at a warm-up event at The Back Alley Pub & Grill, and by Oregon Coast Culinary Institute and Long Bottom Coffee, who hosted dessert and coffee for the program at the North Bend Hall of Champions.
The entertainment was provided by the North Bend Music Department with a rousing rendition of “Be True to your School” by the Beach Boys. Speakers were Board Chair Don Thompson, and board members Boyd Bjorkquist and Terri Turi.
In the 2011-2012 school year, the Foundation ran a “Bridge to the Future” fundraising raffle in partnership with school PTAs, teams and clubs. These proceeds went to fund the Positive Behavior and Instructional Supports training grant the following year and affected the lives of every one of our students. The winners were quite pleased as well – the Foundation distributed cash awards, gift cards and even an iPAD to a lucky student salesperson.