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Lamar State College–Port Arthur is a public community college in Port Arthur, Texas. The college has 1,802 students.[2] It is a member of the Texas State University System.

Lamar State College–Port Arthur
Lamar State College-Port Arthur seal.svg
Former names
Port Arthur Business College, Port Arthur Collegiate Institute, Port Arthur College, Lamar University Center at Port Arthur, Lamar University-Port Arthur[1]
TypePublic community college
Established1909 (1909)[1]
AffiliationTexas State University System
ChancellorBrian McCall
PresidentBetty J. Reynard
Students1,802 (Fall 2015)[2]
Location, ,

29°52′41.8″N 93°55′33.0″W / 29.878278°N 93.925833°W / 29.878278; -93.925833Coordinates: 29°52′41.8″N 93°55′33.0″W / 29.878278°N 93.925833°W / 29.878278; -93.925833
ColorsNavy Blue and Columbia Blue[3]
Sporting affiliations
Southwest JCC, NJCAA Div. I
SportsMen's basketball, women's softball, cheerleading
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The historical origins of LSC-PA date back to 1909 when John W. Gates, the founder of what would become Texaco organized the Port Arthur Business College. Initially a private institution, the college became affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1911 and was renamed to the Port Arthur Collegiate Institute. After further name changes the college merged with Lamar University in 1974 and became the Lamar University Extension Center at Port Arthur. In two years, the school was once again renamed to Lamar University at Port Arthur. In 1985, the Texas Senate passed a bill to grant the institution more autonomy, but it would take ten years for the campus to be granted recognition as a constituent school of the Texas State University System. With this recognition, the school was designated as Lamar State College–Port Arthur.


Lamar State's campus is located on 40 acres of property with 24 buildings, including the Carl Parker Multipurpose Center, the Gates Memorial Library and the Small Business Development Center. The college also operates the Museum of the Gulf Coast along with the City of Port Arthur and Port Arthur Historical Society. The $5.9 million Performing Arts Center, which houses a 400-seat theater, a "black box" theater, musical rehearsal rooms, an art studio, a recording studio, classrooms, rehearsal rooms and faculty offices was completed in 2004. The latest addition to the campus is the $2.1 million Student Success Center, a 7,500 sq. ft. building completed in late 2011.


LSC-PA sports teams are known as the Seahawks and their colors are Navy Blue and Columbia Blue. Sports teams include Men's Basketball and Women's Softball.


  1. ^ a b "History". Lamar State College-Port Arthur. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Enrollment". Texas State University System. Archived from the original on 2014-04-18. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "History of Arthur the Seahawk and the LSC-PA Mascot". Lamar State College-Port Arthur. Retrieved June 8, 2016.

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