alumni spotlight

Paul Durant is a Beaverton High alumnus and currently runs his family’s farming operation in Yamhill County, which specializes in wine grapes and olive oil. After graduating from Beaverton, Paul attended Portland State and UT-Austin. He received his undergraduate degree from Portland State and his master’s degree from UT-Austin, both in mechanical engineering. His favorite classes were English and Physics, and his favorite teachers were Teresa Brandon and Mr. Madison. When asked to describe them, he said, “Brandon was the most caustic adult I had met who also appreciated hard work”. He also said, “Mr. Madison inspired my interest in science and later in engineering”. Nowadays, Paul enjoys pursuing his passion for farming and living in the country as well as skiing and trail running.