On Sunday, July 1, 2018 after the All-Class Alumni Breakfast at FHS Supt. of Schools Dr. Robert Baldwin '80 directed the Portas Family to the Creative Arts/Music wing of the addition to FHS that leads to the Performing Arts Center. Supt. Baldwin unveiled a photo of William "Willie" Portas '27, the patriarch of the Portas Family who was a skilled and accomplished musician in the southeastern Massachusetts area after graduating from FHS. Bruce Portas '63 and his wife Claudette (Lariviere) Portas '65 were on hand with three children, Jeanne (Portas) Dube '84, Beth (Portas) Robert '85 and Chad Portas '92, as well as their spouses and children. The Portas Family was very proud to hear that this wing of the building is to be honored in the name of their father/grandfather "Willie" in recognition of his accomplishments as a musician.
William “Willie” Portas ’27 was a gifted musician and song writer. By the time he graduated from high school he had mastered playing the piano, victrola, banjo, violin, guitar, mandolin, fife, ukulele, and harmonica. In the 1930’s and 1940’s Willie used his musical talents to entertain people in numerous musical shows at the Fairhaven Town Hall auditorium, and in the 1950’s and 1960’s he continued to entertain hundreds of people in musical venues all around the South Coast.
The Portas Family Foundation has very generously supported the Visual Arts, Technology and Music Departments within the Fairhaven Public Schools, and the example of the Portas Family patriarch, William Portas, will help to further inspire and motivate the students at Fairhaven High School.