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‘Voice of Portland High School’ Retires

A special ceremony was held at the Portland Expo on Feb. 1 to honor longtime Portland High School educator and public address announcer Pete Gribbin, as the 84-year-old retired from being the “voice of Portland High School.”

Gribbin has been inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame, which described him in this way:

“Peter Gribbin’s love of all sports started as a young student in Portland High School, class of 1957. Although Peter was not a gifted athlete, his love of athletics kept him involved. As Peter points out, one of his fondest memories was the one point he scored for the Bulldogs on Feb. 12, 1957, now known as “the day of Gribbin's point!”

Peter is an unofficial historian of the game. For over fifty years, Peter has been known as the “official” public address announcer for Portland High School and the MPA tournament. His voice has resonated throughout the Expo for half a century. In the process, his sense of humor and authentic geniality have welcomed countless student-athletes and coaches to the facility. The Expo became Peter’s second home for five decades.”

Watch a video on PPS’ YouTube page of the Feb. 1 ceremony:

Read a story in The Forecaster about Gribbin: Legendary Portland High announcer honored

View a WGME-Channel 13 TV story on the ceremony: Portland High School honors longtime public address announcer