Port Neches–Groves High School

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Port Neches-Groves High School
Png-logo.png
Address
1401 Merriman
Port Neches, Texas, 77651
United States
Information
Type Public
Established 1925
School district Port Neches-Groves ISD
Superintendent Dr. Rodney Cavness
Principal Dr. Marc Keith
Assistant principals Pat Briggs, Jon Deckert, & Alan Mitchell
Enrollment 1400+ (2012)
Color(s)           Purple & White
Athletics conference UIL Class AAAA
Mascot Indian
Information 409.729.7644
Website

Port Neches-Groves High School (PNG) is located in Port Neches, Texas. The high school is the only high school in the Port Neches-Groves Independent School District and serves portions of Port Neches, Groves, and Port Arthur. Built in 1925, the high school was considered to be the first modern school building erected in Jefferson County. [1]

History[edit]

Much of this area is in a Mexican Land Grant of 4,428 acres (18 km2) that was acquired by Thomas F. McKinney in April 1831, the first land grant in Jefferson County. Joseph Grigsby received a land grant on November 6, 1834, that included much of the city of Groves.

Port Neches–Groves High School has traditionally been recognized as a strong academic school.

Other Indian Traditions and Controversy[edit]

The choice of "Indians" as the PN–G school nickname in 1925 was probably influenced by the area's rich local history. Port Neches was once the home of the only Native American village in Jefferson County, Texas. As early as 500 AD, Nacazil, Attakapas, Karankawa and other Native American tribes made their homes on a high bluff overlooking the Neches River that later became the city of Port Neches. In 1980, amid controversy over the use of the team name, Port Neches–Groves High School was presented with the official seal of the Cherokee Nation, guaranteeing PN-G's students the right to be called "Indians."[2] Although this gives the school legal right to the name, controversy still remains due to the offensive nature of the term "Indian." The National Congress of Indians wrote about the term, "“Indian” that "sports brands used by professional teams were born in an era when racism and bigotry were accepted by the dominant culture. These brands which have grown to become multi-million dollar franchises were established at a time when the practice of using racial epithets and slurs as marketing slogans were a common practice among white owners seeking to capitalize on cultural superiority and racial tensions."[3]

Athletics[edit]

  • Football [4]
    • 1953(3A), 1955(3A), 1975(4A)
  • Volleyball [5]
    • 1972(4A), 1979(4A), 1981(5A)

1975 - Football team ranked #3 in the US when they won the 4A state championship at Texas Stadium. (4A was the largest classification at that time.)

State Finalists[edit]

  • Baseball [6]
    • 2000(4A)
  • Football [7]
    • 1954(3A), 1977(4A), 1999(4A/D2)
  • Softball [8]
    • 2004(4A)
  • Volleyball [9]
    • 1980(5A)

Since 1925, the Indians of Port Neches and Groves have had a strong presence on the Texas high school football scene. In the 84 years of PN-G football, the Indians have compiled a 528-312-33 record*, won 23 district championships, 13 regional championships, appeared in 6 state championship games and won 3 state championships. Only 60 schools have achieved 500 wins in Texas high school football history, and PN-G is one of them. PN-G is one of Texas richest Football Traditions in Class 4A.

Rivalry with Nederland[edit]

By winning 15 consecutive games—1969 through 1983—the Indians have established a firm lead in winning percentage (57% to Nederland's 43%) in the Mid-County series. Counting a couple of ties before that 15-game win streak, the Indians actually went 19 straight years without being defeated by the Bulldogs. While Nederland has struggled to produce a streak anywhere close in longevity to the stretch of Port Neches-Groves during the 1970s & 80s, the Bulldogs have had the upper hand in the past two decades, having won 15 of the past 21 years. Nederland's longest "Mid-County Madness" win streak extended four straight years, with one of those four including the Bulldogs' memorable 1957 state AAA championship year under head coach Emmett McKenzie and the most recent from 2010 to 2013. As of the game during the 2013 regular season, PN-G has won 48 rounds of "Mid-County Madness," as some call it, as compared to Nederland's 35 victories with 7 ties.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Wade Phillips - Defensive Coordinator, Houston Texans; former Head Coach, Dallas Cowboys
  • Greg Davis - Former Offensive Coordinator, University of Texas
  • Lew Ford - Major League Baseball Player
  • Jim Bob Helduser -Football Coach, Rice, Texas State, TCU, Alabama, Texas A&M
  • L. Q. Jones - Actor
  • Mary Karr - Author, Poet
  • Jerry LaCroix - Musician
  • Dustin Long - Football Player
  • Mike Simpson - Former NFL player, San Francisco 49ers
  • Ben Weber - Baseball Player
  • Brennan Doty - Lamar University Basketball
  • Chris Stroud - pro golfer, PGA tour since 2007
  • John Rutherford - Poet

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 29°59′24″N 93°57′14″W / 29.989999°N 93.953947°W / 29.989999; -93.953947