Our Alumni

We are proud of our alumni legacy. Over the past 180 years, many remarkable individuals have walked through the halls of Port Allegany schools. We think these people have fascinating stories to tell, and we want to share some those stories here with you. May all of our alumni know how honored we are to know you; you are always welcome here at “home.”

Leaving a Legacy

We are very pleased to showcase noteworthy individuals who have left a fine legacy and defined the very essence of what and who we are - those who have made us better simply because they were here.

Recent photo of Mike Johnson with his family

Alumni of the Month - Michael Johnson

Years of Graduation: Class of 1994

What have you done since graduating from Port Allegany High School?

After graduation, I earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

I stayed in Port Allegany after college and took my first job as a manufacturing engineer at Zippo where I worked for a little over seven years.

For the last 16 years, I have worked at Siemens Energy (formerly Dresser-Rand) in Olean, and I am currently the manager of maintenance and manufacturing engineering.

In 2008, I married Katie Lincoln, and we have two amazing children: Mallory, 12, and Patrick, 10. Katie is a math teacher at Port Allegany High School.

Where do you currently live?

Port Allegany

Who were your favorite teachers in high school? Why were they your favorite?

There are really three teachers who had the greatest impact on me: Mr. Owen, Mr. Myers, and Mr. McCormick.

Mr. Owen literally changed my life. Before his class I was just an average math student and did not particularly care for the subject, but he made math fun and interesting for me. So much so, that I chose engineering for my college studies and eventually my career. Were it not for Mr. Owen, I likely would not have the career that I enjoy today.

I found great enjoyment in chorus, show choir, and drama, and much of that was because of Mr. Myers. His passion and dedication to music and his students was inspiring.

Mr. McCormick always made class fun which certainly helped me retain his lessons. I always enjoyed when he would go off script to show us a chemistry demonstration that was probably a little more dangerous (but definitely more exciting) than what was in the book!

What is your fondest memory of Port Allegany High School? 

Most of my good memories are from drama productions or show choir rehearsals and performances, but I also look back fondly at my time in student council and on the Tiger Lily staff.