Porter, Texas

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Porter is an unincorporated community in Montgomery County in southeastern Texas within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. In 2010, its population was estimated at 25,627.[1] Schools in Porter are operated by the New Caney Independent School District.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The United States Postal Service Porter Post Office is located at 23550 Partners Way.[2]


Porter became a part of the New Caney Independent School District in 1965.[3] New Caney Independent School District is a public school district based in New Caney — an unincorporated area of southeastern Montgomery County, Texas (USA), just north of Porter.

In 2009, the school district was rated "recognized" by the Texas Education Agency.

Students in the elementary grades kindergarten through five are zoned to either Porter Elementary, Crippen Elementary, Kings Crossing Elementary, Ben's Branch Elementary, Sorters Mill Elementary, Oakley Elementary or Valley Ranch Elementary.l.[4] All of Porter's sixth grade students are zoned to the New Caney Sixth Grade Campus.[5] Middle school students are zoned to Keefer Crossing Middle School or White Oak Middle School.[6] High school students are zoned to either New Caney High School or Porter High School.[7] Before the opening of Porter High School in 2010, all students attended New Caney High School.[8]

Notable people[edit]

American astronaut Robert Crippen grew up in Porter. He was the pilot of the first orbital test flight of the Space Shuttle program and was the commander of three additional shuttle flights. New Caney ISD later named Robert L. Crippen Elementary School after him.

Media representation[edit]

The 1957-1959 CBS western television series, Trackdown, starring Robert Culp as Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman, is set in a fictional Porter, Texas, of the 1870s. Gilman often leaves Porter for other places in Texas to capture an assortment of outlaws. A secondary cast remains in Porter. Ellen Corby filled a supporting role as the fictional Henrietta Porter, the editor of the local newspaper The Porter Enterprise after the death of her husband. Other fictional residents in the series were played by Peter Leeds, James Griffith, Gail Kobe, and Addison Richards.[9][10]The existing Porter in Montgomery County apparently did not exist until 1892, when a United States Post Office was first established there or perhaps a few years earlier but well after the fictional events of Trackdown.[11]


  1. ^ "[1]" United States Census Bureau
  2. ^ "Post Office Location - PORTER." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on December 8, 2008.
  3. ^ "Porter, Texas." Handbook of Texas. Retrieved on January 21, 2011.
  4. ^ "Elementary Zones." New Caney Independent School District. Retrieved on January 20, 2011.
  5. ^ "Secondary Schools." New Caney Independent School District. Retrieved on January 20, 2011. "All sixth grade students attend the New Caney Sixth Grade Campus."
  6. ^ "Middle School Zones." New Caney Independent School District. Retrieved on January 20, 2011.
  7. ^ "High_School_2010." New Caney Independent School District. Retrieved on January 20, 2011.
  8. ^ Micek, Kassia. "NCISD proposes new elementary attendance zones." Montgomery County Courier. Wednesday January 12, 2011.
  9. ^ "Product Description". thefilmcsa.com. Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  10. ^ Billy Hathorn, "Roy Bean, Temple Houston, Bill Longley, Ranald Mackenzie, Buffalo Bill, Jr., and the Texas Rangers: Depictions of West Texans in Series Television, 1955 to 1967", West Texas Historical Review, Vol. 89 (2013), pp. 103-106
  11. ^ "Porter, TX". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved August 9, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 30°06′09″N 95°13′47″W / 30.10250°N 95.22972°W / 30.10250; -95.22972