The Port Clinton Academic Boosters will induct a new member into the Port Clinton High School Alumni Hall of Fame on Wednesday, May 1. Port Clinton High School alumnus Herbert L.Misch, PCHS Class of 1936, will be inducted posthumously. His induction will forever link the famous Ford Mustang with Port Clinton High School. Mr. Misch was the Vice President of Engineering in 1963 and had a role in developing the Mustang I.
After graduating from Port Clinton High School in 1936, Herbert Misch attended Miami University and then the University of Michigan where he graduated with a Bachelor in Engineering. At the Packard Motor Company he was a draftsman then later an engineer designing the Packard’s Ultramatic transmission. From 1941 – 1956, the Packard company applied for nine US patents on Mr. Misch’s transmission inventions.
He started with Ford Motor Company in 1957 and became Vice President of Engineering in 1962. He was part of a project team to develop a “sports car for the masses” which would be the Mustang I. Though racing enthusiasts loved the design of the Mustang I, the prototype would be redesigned before it was mass produced. Mr. Misch would also leave his mark on the automotive world in automotive emissions and safety. In 1972 he became the Vice President of Environmental Safety and Engineering at Ford. During the next decade, Mr. Misch led the charge for the change from a crude system to computer controlled fuel-injection. Throughout his career he received many engineering honors and was involved in several engineering organizations.
For his contributions to the automotive industry, Mr. Herbert Misch will be inducted into the Port Clinton High School Alumni Hall of Fame. The induction will take place during the Port Clinton High School Honors Banquet on May 1.
Nomination forms for the PCHS Alumni Hall of Fame induction are available at www.pccsd.net and due the January 31, 2014. Candidates must have achieved local, state or nationally recognition in his/her field of endeavor, made significant contribution to his/her fellow man or performed meritorious service to our country; and must be of excellent character.