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.

Bob Stromberg

Alumni of the Month - Bob  Stromberg

Year of Graduation: 1970

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

I graduated from North Park College (now university) in Chicago with a bachelor of arts in art. I married my wife Judy and headed off to Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo. There I served as youth director at The International Protestant Church of Kinshasa. It was quite a year. And it was the year I realized I wanted to try a career in public performance.

Returning to the United States I studied physical comedy at a theater arts school in Maine, followed by a dozen years entertaining  in schools. These were the years I put in my 10,000 hours. Eventually, I co-authored a play called Triple Espresso (a highly caffeinated comedy) which opened in 80 North American and European cities. With this show and others I experienced what I could not imagine as a boy.

The rewards from my career are second only to those provided by my family. Judy and I have now been married for 46 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren. I could not be more grateful. 

Where do you currently live?

I live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota called Hugo. 

Who was your favorite teacher in high school? Why were they your favorite?

My English teacher, Mr. Gribbin, was my favorite. Great teacher, great guy. Several years ago I performed at Liberty University where Mr. Gribbin was a beloved professor. I really enjoyed seeing him again.

There’s another teacher I should thank every day and that’s Mrs. Kanally. She was my next-door neighbor on Katherine Street and was my typing teacher.  ’ve always written everything that I perform. In fact, I still spend most days typing away on various projects. I can fly on the keyboard, and that’s because Mrs. Kanally taught me well. 

What is your fondest memory of Port Allegany High School? 

I played varsity football for three years. Both my sophomore and junior seasons we were undefeated (18-0). That hadn’t happened since my dad played in ’45 and ’46. So, that’s a pretty fond memory. I remember riding the bus into town after our final victory, a night game in Smethport. It seemed like the whole town came out to greet us and celebrate. We got off the bus at the bank and walked to the school, right up the middle of Arnold Avenue. Sweet memory. But even sweeter are the many smokey October memories of walking home from school and the sound made by shuffling through shin-deep fallen leaves. Ahhhh!

I will always be grateful for the years I had in Port Allegany. The town and school hold a very special place in my heart.