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During the 1960s and 70s, when PCS class sizes grew from 60 to 150, the Portville, NY school district needed to buy more school buses and increase the number of bus routes and drivers.

Over time, these bus routes defined/reflected the various "suburbs" of the little town of 5,000 souls, a town surrounding a village of 1,100 residents, contributing to the sociological mix that was K thru 12 Portville.

A Portville kid, then and now, was partly identified by where they lived...and what bus, if any, they road to Education HQ. 

The Village students had to either walk or get a ride.  For the Caya children on North Main, this called for a two-mile journey...without the (train) "tracks" as a short cut.

The bus routes during the peak of Portville's population included:

1)    Rt. 305 Daggatt Hollow
2)    Rt. 305 Coon Hollow
3)    Rt. 305 Wolf Creek + UB Dam
4)    Deer Creek
5)    Main Settlement + Butternut Brook
6)    South Portville + River + Gleason
7)    Lillibridge
8)    Route 417 Portville-Olean Rd
9)    Steam Valley + Across the River
10)  Promised Land + Weston Mills
11)  Haskell Happy Hollow
12)  Haskell Windfall
13)  Haskell + Wolf Run

The Villagers, who counted for the largest sub-group of students in town, had the widest spectrum of rich and poor kids, from a sociological point of view. 

Even in a small town in Upstate New York, the Village children tended to have more of an "urban" viewpoint in contrast to the kids who lived up the farm valleys.  Like Bolivar, Cuba, and other nearby small towns, some of the wealthiest families had settled in the village long ago.

In the village of Portville during the Seventies, it was commonly known that Maple Avenue housed the "Millionaires' Row" in town.  Main Street had well-to-do folks, as did Brooklyn Street and the area near the school.

Temple Street was probably #4 in the village economically behind Maple, Main, and Brooklyn.  The side streets like Colwell, Pine, and others were generally poorer in nature...but there were exceptions...all over town.  It all depended on individuals, families, clans, and the streets/roads.

Things changed dramatically during the 80s, 90s, 00s, and 10s.  Many factors and elements have affected the changes in Portville over the past 30-year generation, but the spirit and the people remain strong and determined.

William Mersereau

School busing was a big deal to New York State during this era, and Portville stayed on top of the system.  

Representing one of the top academic schools in Upstate New York, administrators like Lee Frair and Jerry Christopher helped PCS thrive through its golden years.

And like any other governmental program, it translated into the real-life, sub-division of the town's kids by road/bus route.

"As a K-12 member of the Coon Hollow bus route, we had a whole array of individuals and families on my bus - Knowlton Clan, Miller Twins, Buckners, Skivers...it was a huge mix of hormones and lovely people-groups," notes PCS football coach Gary Swetland.

"I rode the bus for 13 years, have taught at the school for over 20 years, and I can tell you that the streets, roads, and bus routes have shaped the school system in an interesting historical and sociological way."

Other long-time students and residents of Portville agree that location has been very important to one's life at PCS.

Portville farmer and 79 grad, Russ Martin says, "Things have changed since I graduated, but back in the 70s, we were totally influenced by the older kids on the bus...for good or for bad. My kids go there now, and I see the influence of location, busing, and all the driving."

William Wheeler

"Portville was the best town to grow up in," declares PCS grad and teacher and resident Matthew Milne.  "I am so thankful that I have been able to come back to work and live in this town. PCS has meant so much to so many, and my wife and kids are blessed to experience this place. But definitely, growing up in the village near the school had a huge impact on my life."

"Geographically, there is only one Portville on the planet," notes Wayne Stephen, a 79 grad who employees 100 folks from the area at Wayne Enterprises in Ceres, PA.

Driven by a love for Portville and people in the Twin Tiers, Wayne continues to support the school, recently stating that "anyone who went to PCS and had a positive experience wants to succeed in life and help people along the way.  Wherever they end up."

"But in a small town like this, where you grew up...THE BUS YOU ROAD, and who your family was...they all had an impact on who you were, what you did, and what you did after graduating from PCS."



The 1970s school bus routes of Portville Central School actually reflected the historical  locations of the 1870s one-room schoolhouse located at the bottom of:

Daggatt Hollow
Coon Hollow
Deer Creek
Wolf Run
Main Settlement
Steam Valley
Weston Mills
Portville Village


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Portville History Site

Portville History 1900-1959

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1981 Bears' Cave view over Portville toward Olean


1869 Town of Portville: Little has changed

Town of Genesee: The Roads are the same












Small School Districts Chaut-Catt


1978 Football Videos

Class of PCS 1979
The largest in Portville history:

149 Classmates
136 Graduates
64   BOCES
49   Jocks
45   Partiers
39   Brains
31   Artists
31   Heads
30   Hunters

29   Musicians
25   Motorheads
25   Villagers
18   Actors
15   Jesus Freaks
13   Politicians
12   Farmers

100 MMike Connell10.6166TOP 10 ALL-TIME
200 MMike Connell21.566
400 MBrian Miller50.893 1600 MetersTimeYear
800 MMatt Burlingame2:00.58061Kirk Greene4:31.7098
1600 MKirk Greene4:31.7982Brad Shaw4:31.8093
3200 MAndrew Elliott9:59.9033Andrew Elliott4:37.0003
Long JumpGene Bingman21' 11.5664Mike Cannon4:39.0089
Triple JumpJimmy Reynolds43' 11.75795Eric Blask4:40.3098
High JumpBrian Decker6' 9926John Gordnier4:43.8000
Pole VaultJeff Dean13' 3927Randy Bretzin4:45.0079
Shot PutJon Jones56' 10108Rob Pockalny4:45.5080
DiscusJon Jones149' 9109Chris Gundlah4:46.0084
110 HHBrian Miller14.769310Brian Broughton4:47.0075
400 IHBrian Blask55.880111Gunnar Van Curen4:47.6911
SteepleBrad Shaw10:2593
PentathlonBrian Miller3,34692 3200 MetersTimeYear
400 RelayL Hellwig-C Hellwig44.66091Andrew Elliott09:59.9003
 A LaBorde-K Richards  2Gunnar Van Curen10:01.0013
800 RelayR Sprague-B Reynolds1:34.35663Brad Shaw10:02.0093
 B Zech-M Connell  4Mike Cannon10:11.0089
1600 RelayB Miller-M Babb3:31925Rob Pockalny10:15.0080
 J Dean-B Decker  6Mark Brown10:19.0077
3200 RelayE Blask-D Armijo8:15.3987Dave Campbell10:20.0076
 B Blask-K Greene  8Tyler Shaw10:35.0004
9Eric Blask10:40.0098
 100 MetersTimeYear10Will Caya10:41.4411
1Mike Connell10.6166
2Jack Ensell10.9452 110 High HurdlesTimeYear
 Dale Childs10.94631Brian Miller14.7693
 Adam Hellwig10.94022Kris Lickfeld15.197
5Gene Bingman11.04663Mike Washburn15.387
 John Sprague11.04794Mike Sargent15.4197
 Tom Sprague11.04805Addy Scutt15.4495
8Lance Jobe11.16786Mike Sherwin15.679
9Tim Emley11.20837John Milne15.784
 Alex Woodhead11.20048John Sprague15.879
11Joe Peace11.23119Brian Blask15.901
10Corey Wesley16.201
 200 MetersTimeYear
1Mike Connell21.5066 400 Intermediate HurdlesTimeYear
2Adam Hellwig22.69021Brian Blask55.8801
3Jerry Scutt22.70692Kris Lickfeld57.1097
4Dale Childs22.80633Addy Scutt57.5794
5Joe Peace22.85114Brian Miller58.8093
6Bill Zech22.90655Mike Sargent59.5097
 Gene Bingman22.90666JD Van Sickle59.7095
8Brian Blask23.20017Dan Bailey59.9087
9Brian Decker23.50928Jeff Dean60.1092
10Tim Emley23.60839Barry Shaw60.3090
 Chris Hardgrove23.600310Corey Wesley60.9001
11Don DeAngelo61.0081
 400 MetersTimeYear12Keith Mott62.1002
1Brian Miller50.89313Zach Blask62.7011
2Zack Shaw51.909
3Jazz Peterson52.032 PentathlonPointsYear
4Fred Knight52.1941Brian Miller3,34692
 Adam Hellwig52.1022Brian Decker3,16892
 Scott Forrest52.1043Steve Clark2,92688
7Bob Bretzin52.2814Kris Lickfeld2,81397
8Nathan Warters52.6975Addy Scutt2,65693
9Troy Feffers52.8906Chris Gagliardo2,48999
10Jason Long53.2967Dan Bailey2,44888
 Chris Hardgrove53.2038Mike Sargent2,30995
 800 MetersTimeYear SteeplechaseTimeYear
1Matt Burlingame2:00.58061Brad Shaw10:2593
2Kirk Greene2:01.22982Andrew Elliott10:2703
3Ray Auman2:01.70753Mike Brady10:4592
4Zack Shaw2:01.84094Brad Thomas10:4797
5Mike McGreevey2:02.01935Tyler Shaw10:5703
6Andrew Blask2:02.02036Zach Blask10:57.211
7John Gordnier2:02.33017Eric Blask11:14.998
8Brad Shaw2:02.40948Shannon Knight11:2694
9Keith McDivitt2:02.80759Casey Caya11:2910
10Fred Knight2:03.009510Dave Baracat11:4093
11Gunnar Van Curen2:03.9411
 Long JumpDistanceYear 400 Meter RelayTimeYear
1Gene Bingman21' 11.5661A LaBorde-C Hellwig44.6609
2Xavier Harris21' 609 K Richards-L Hellwig  
3Jimmy Reynolds21' 2792J Mooney-C Hardgrove45.3203
4John Sprague20' 1179 A Woodhead-A Hellwig  
5Brian Miller20' 7923I McGavisk-J Dean45.7092
6Jerry Reynolds20' 684 B Decker-B Miller  
7Troy Jeffers20' 2904A Hellwig-C Hardgrove45.7002
8Scott Forrest20' 104 D Martinez-B Bell  
9Brian Decker20' 0925J Milne-J Pecone45.8083
10Brian Nitsche20' 004 T Emley-T Scalfaro  
6J Sprague-J Reynolds45.8279
 Triple JumpDistanceYear G Swetland-J Wright  
1Jimmy Reynolds43' 11.75"797J Sprague-J Reynolds45.9479
2Brian Nitsche43' 11.25"04 T Sprague-J Wright  
3Jerry Reynolds43' 9848J Mooney-C Hardgrove46.0003
4Lance Chaffee43' 669 R Williams-A Hellwig  
5Roger DeAngelo42' 9809J Mooney-S Forrest46.1004
6Mike Sargent42' 496 B Nitsche-A Woodhead  
7Randy Welch41' 66710DeBarbieri-Williams46.3998
8Jerry Scutt40' 069 DeBarbieri-Cornell  
9Mike Sherwin39' 378
10Chris Payne39' 302 800 RelayTimeYear
1R Sprague-B Zech1:34.3566
 High JumpHeightYear B Reynolds-M Connell  
1Brian Decker6' 9922J Sprague-J Reynolds1:34.579
2Mike Sherwin6' 5.579 T Sprague-J Wright  
3Jerry Scutt6' 4693D Nease-S Everetts1:34.776
4Jeremy Hammond6' 394 R King-T Yanetsko  
5Steve Clark6' 2884McLarney-Monroe1:35.4461
 Brian Miller6' 293 Bonsper-Childs  
7Randy Welch6' 0695J DeBarbieri-M Sargent1:35.997
8Lee Chaffee5' 10.2566 Warters-Lickfeld  
9Chris Gagliardo5' 10996Long-DeBarbieri1:37.696
 Brian Blask5' 1000 Williams-Lickfeld  
10Lance Reynolds5' 9807DeBarbieri-Williams1:37.898
 Pole VaultHeightYear8T Sprague-J Wright1:38.180
1Jeff Dean13' 392 Hazard-Burrows  
2Gary Swetland13' 2799Decker-Dean1:38.491
3Jason DeYoe13' 195 Borer-Miller  
 Jeremy Hammond13' 19410Miller-Keim1:38.593
5Franny Williams12' 685 Seawright-Moses  
 Dan Martinez12' 602
7Chris Gagliardo12' 399 1600 RelayTimeYear
8Tim Ortung12' 0781Miller-Babb3:3192
 Joe DeBarbieri12' 097 Dean-Decker  
 Chris Williams12' 0982Blask-Hardgrove3:31.601
 Andy Laborde12' 009 Gordnier-Ricci  
 Shot PutDistanceYear Sargent-Warters  
1Jon Jones56' 10104Keim-Scutt3:3594
2Jack Holcomb51' 1186 Hammond-Knight  
3Dave Nease47' 10765Lickfeld-Long3:35.796
4Jordan Spehar46' 711 Sargent-Warters  
5Jake Haught46' 1.5026Hellwig-Hardgrove3:36.302
6Alan Dean45' 1169 Ricci-Frost  
7Matt Swetland45' 7907Forrest-Hardgrove3:36.603
8Lee Chaffee44' 1066 A Blask-Hellwig  
9Russ Downey44' 396
10Tony Hammond43' 798 3200 RelayTimeYear
 DiscusDistanceYear1E Blask-Armijo8:15.398
     B Blask-Greene  
1Jon Jones149' 9102Shaw-McGreevey8:2193
2Jake Haught141' 302 Zimmerman-Greene  
3Tony Hammond141' 2993Van Curen-Pierce8:22.5111
4Russ Downey138' 1096 Smith-Blask  
5Lee Chaffee136' 1664Warters-Greene8:2397
6Greg Ralston135' 975 Armijo-Thomas  
7Jordan Spehar135' 5105Shaw-Sponsler8:2594
8Terry Keim134' 693 Knight-Greene  
9Joe Mascorella134' 0696Auman-C Pytcher8:2677
10Andy Keim129' 1195 R Bretzin-Brown  
 Sean Carr129' 11037Van Curen-Smith8:31.4511

The chewing of gum is undesirable and discouraged in school.