Gregory-Portland High School

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Gregory-Portland High School
GPHS-Wildcat-Logo.png
Address
4601 Wildcat Drive
Portland, Texas, San Patricio County, 78374
United States
Information
Type Co-Educational, Public, Secondary
Principal Barbara Cade, Tara Uptergrove, Tucker Copeland, Kyde Eddleman
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1400
Color(s)           Blue & Red
Athletics UIL Class AAAA
Athletics conference University Interscholastic League
Mascot Wildcat
Newspaper The Cat's Print
Website

Gregory-Portland High School is a 5A secondary school in Portland, Texas and is a part of the Gregory-Portland Independent School District in southeastern San Patricio County. In addition to Portland, the school also serves the city of Gregory as well as the unincorporated communities of Doyle, Falman-County Acres, and Tradewinds. The new Gregory-Portland High School was completed in the fall of 2002. The old High School now serves as the Jr. High. The current High School is large enough(in size) to be a 5A school, capable of a student capacity of 2,400.

Academics[edit]

Gregory-Portland has been noted as a:

Gregory-Portland High was rated 14th in Texas in regards to African-American Achievements - 2005.[3]

Theatre Department[edit]

In the 2005-2006 school year the school was featured in the documentary “Rise and Shine”.

The program is known for its success in Texas Forensic Association (TFA), National Forensic League (NFL), and University Interscholastic League (UIL). With TFA, the largest and most competitive speech/debate organization in Texas with over 180 high schools competing and over 1000 competitors at the state competition, G-P Drama has spawned six state championships in the organization’s main and most competitive events, the most recent being Cody Kirkpatrick in 2004 and Marco Ramirez in 2000, both winning in Humorous Interpretation. G-P drama also holds the record for having the most state championships in Humorous Interpretation (four), more than any school in the state. Also with TFA, the school has earned state championships in consolation events, the most recent winners being Ryan Aguirre in Impromptu (2008) and Alex Bergfors in Poetry (2005). With NFL, students Karen Cooper and Leah Chaney have snagged the national championship in Original Oratory, 2nd place in Humorous Interpretation, respectively. The program has also produced several national finalists. With UIL, Charlotte Brown has directed 18 plays that have made it to the UIL State Meet and of those 7 have become state championship One-Act Plays, the most recent being in 2002, which resulted in Renae Smith winning Best Actress in the state and Robert Maxhimer winning Best Actor, as well as the Samuel French for most outstanding performer in the state. Brown has also produced multiple state championships in the Prose and Poetry categories, the most recent being Poetry Interpretation winners Justin Blacklock in 2005 and Cody Kirkpatrick in 2004.

Today the program is still under the direction of Charlotte Brown who stages three shows a year, in addition to the weekly tournaments its students compete in all over the state of Texas. Students actively involved in the program usually miss every Friday of school during the tournament season, which runs from August to March, causing the most successful students to miss up to 30 days of school a year. The most popular event is the annual Follies, which is a talent competition and variety show that usually performs to sell-out crowds. Brown also hosts a summer program, “Summer on Stage,” for elementary through junior high school students. Many her most students began in the Summer on Stage program, which prepared them for the demanding high school program. Many students who participate in G-P Drama are accepted to the most competitive acting programs in the nation including Northwestern University, New York University, Carnegie Mellon University, Emerson College, and UCLA. Many alumni go on to be successful in all aspects of the entertainment industry.

State Titles[edit]

  • One Act Play - [4]
    • 1980(3A), 1986(4A), 1987(4A), 1989(4A), 1990(4A), 1997(4A), 2002(4A)

Athletics[edit]

Gregory-Portland Football is a powerhouse in south Texas. The program's rich history started with Ray Akins (1965–1988). Coach Akins had 208 wins at Gregory-Portland before his retirement. His 1971 team made the state finals, named "Battle of the Wildcats", and lost 20-21 to Plano High School. While at GP, Coach Akins won 16 district championships along with 17 playoff appearances. His son, quarterback Marty Akins would go on to play for The University of Texas. In 2009, Wildcat Stadium was renamed Ray Akins Stadium. Drew Brees (Grandson and NO Saints QB), Marty Akins (Son) and wife Virginia where in attendance for the renaming of the stadium. The next coach to make a mark at Gregory-Portland was George Harris whose record at GP was 89-36. In 2002, he coached the Wildcat team that made it to the State Semifinals losing to Brenham 7-35. The present Gregory-Portland Football Coach is Coach Matt Anastasio. In his first year as Head Coach at GP, Coach Anastoasio brought out the old play books, changing up both offense and defense. The Wildcats made it to the 2nd round of playoffs losing to rival Flour Bluff 13-14. In the 2014 season the Wildcats made it to the 3rd round of playoffs losing to Kerrville Tivy 54-30. G-P lead Tivy in the 1st half by 16 points but Tivy came back and scored 41 points to win it

Soccer is a winning tradition at Gregory-Portland. The girls team made it to Regional Finals last year and the semi finals the two years before that. The guys have also made it to the semi finals the last two years and the year before that losing to Hildago (Future state champions) by a heart breaking 80' goal.

The Wildcat tennis team has won district 7 years in a row, and has been ranked as high as 14 (2010) in Texas. Being a top heavy team in the spring students have advanced far into the regional tournament and some students advancing to the state tournament. In 2010, Lauren Quisenberry won the state 4A Championship 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 with an injured left hand. In 2011, Tucker Hopkins (senior) and Jacob Katz (sophomore) had a berth at the state tournament losing first round. In 2011, Coach Carl Prewit was named by CCTA (Corpus Christi Tennis Association) as coach of the year.

The Wildcat track and field team has also won district 7 years in a row, with many athletes making a berth at the regional tournament and three students advanced to the State tournament in Austin, Texas.

State Titles[edit]

  • Girls Track - [5]
    • 1981(4A), 1982(4A)
  • Volleyball - [6]
    • 1967(2A), 1973(3A)

State Runner Ups: Football - 1971(3A)[7]

Ethnicity[edit]

Gregory-Portland High School's ethnicity distribution for 2005 was 48% White, 44.7% Hispanic, 2.2% African-American, 1.6% Asian/Pacific Islander, 4% Native American, and .1% Undecided.[8]

Songs[edit]

Gregory-Portland High School's main entrance

Our Alma Mater
Hail to our high school
Honor to thy name
We pledge our loyalty
Faithful evermore
Hail to the Wildcats
Loyal to the Red and Blue
Hail to the alma mater
Gregory-Portland High![9]

GPHS Building from Front.

Our Fight Song
Wildcats forever
Firm together stand
Always true and faithful
Steadily we’ll face the world so fearlessly and
Through the years that follow,
Pledge our loyalty for the Red and Blue
With all our might,
We’ll fight for victory! [9]

GPHS Building from Angle.

Notable alumni[edit]

Francesca Revella- 3 time all state clarinet player

References[edit]

  1. ^ www.gpisd.org
  2. ^ just4kids.org
  3. ^ teep.tamu.edu
  4. ^ UIL Centennial Webpage
  5. ^ UIL Centennial Webpage
  6. ^ UIL Centennial Webpage
  7. ^ Lone Star Football Network
  8. ^ www.schoolmatters.com
  9. ^ a b GPISD Official Page
  10. ^ Internet Movie Database: John Mitchell "Mitch" Morris
  11. ^ Internet Movie Database: Vince Vieluf Bio
  12. ^ Internet Movie Database: Micah Brock
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Coordinates: 27°54′16″N 97°19′17″W / 27.904524°N 97.321388°W / 27.904524; -97.321388