Memorial High School (Port Arthur, Texas)
Memorial High School is a public, co-educational secondary school located in Port Arthur, Texas, United States. It was established in August 2002 after a merger of three previous high schools: Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Stephen F. Austin. Since then, Port Arthur Memorial High School has been the only high school in the Port Arthur Independent School District. It serves most of Port Arthur and a portion of Groves. Initially, the school used the former Lincoln and Jefferson campuses; its new facility opened for the 2009–10 school year on the northern side of Port Arthur. It also has a 9th Grade Center in the Port Acres area of Port Arthur, on the former Austin Middle School campus.
|Memorial Sr. High School|
|Motto||"Building for Success"|
|Established||August 2002 (new campus opened for 2009–10 school year)|
|School district||Port Arthur ISD|
|Principal||Dr. Glenn Mitchell|
|Color(s)||Red, Black & Silver|
|Newspaper||The Titan Times|
|Website||Memorial High School website|
When Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen F. Austin high schools were consolidated, students voted on the name for the new high school and the top two vote-getters were "Memorial High School" and "Thurgood Marshall High School". In September 2007, school board member Terry Doyle suggested renaming Memorial High School after the late Staff Sgt. Lucian Adams, a Port Arthur native who received the Medal of Honor for his bravery in World War II. Employees of the school district established a museum of artefacts from the three former high schools plus the Catholic Bishop Byrne High School.
Memorial High School currently participates in District 22-5A. Memorial participates in the following UIL sports where it has had success in many district championships and playoff wins:
- Cross Country
- Track and Field
- Swimming and Diving
Memorial has many organizations including an award winning:
- Marching Band known as "The Marching Heat"
- Dance/Drill Team known as the "Flames" usually made up of 30-60 girls
- The Titan Press Newspaper and Yearbook
- MHS Choir on Fire
Among over 30 clubs.
- Eric Alexander, former NFL linebacker, attended Stephen F. Austin
- Aaron Brown, former NFL defensive end, attended Lincoln
- Jonathan Babineaux, NFL defensive tackle, attended Lincoln
- Jordan Babineaux, former NFL cornerback, attended Lincoln
- G. W. Bailey (Thomas Jefferson Class of 1961) — Stage, television and film actor
- Jamaal Charles, Former NFL running back
- Kevin Everett, former NFL tight end, attended Thomas Jefferson
- Goose Gonsoulin, former NFL safety, attended Thomas Jefferson
- Danny Gorrer, former NFL cornerback
- Mike Green, former NFL linebacker, attended Lincoln
- Duriel Harris, former NFL wide receiver, attended Stephen F. Austin
- Xavier Hernandez, former MLB pitcher, attended Thomas Jefferson
- Stephen Jackson, former NBA guard, attended Lincoln
- James Johnson, former NFL running back, attended Thomas Jefferson
- Jimmy Johnson (Thomas Jefferson Class of 1961) — Former american football coach in college and the NFL
- Paul Jones, professional wrestler
- Janis Joplin (Thomas Jefferson Class of 1960) — A rock, soul, and blues singer and songwriter
- Carl Larpenter, former NFL offensive lineman, attended Thomas Jefferson
- Bobby Leopold, former NFL linebacker, attended Lincoln
- Tim McKyer, former NFL cornerback, attended Lincoln
- Inika McPherson, national champion high jumper
- Marcus Price, former NFL offensive lineman, attended Lincoln
- Elandon Roberts, NFL linebacker
- Dan Rogas, former NFL offensive lineman, attended Thomas Jefferson
- Cotton Speyrer, former NFL wide receiver, attended Thomas Jefferson
- Raymond Strother, political consultant, attended Thomas Jefferson
- Joe Washington, former NFL running back, attended Lincoln
- Bun B, rapper and former member of UGK, attended Thomas Jefferson
- Pimp C, rapper and former member of UGK, attended Lincoln
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