Memorial High School (Port Arthur, Texas)
|Port Arthur Memorial Sr. High School (PAM)|
|Port Arthur, Texas
|Established||August 2002 (New Campus Opened for 2009-2010 school year)|
|School district||Port Arthur ISD|
|Color(s)||Red, Black & Silver|
|Mascot||Titans aka "Mighty Titan"|
|Website||Memorial High School website|
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 Thomas Jefferson High School (4A), Abraham Lincoln High School (4A), and Stephen F. Austin High School (2A). Since then, Memorial High (5A) has been the only high school in the Port Arthur Independent School District. It serves most of Port Arthur and a portion of Groves.Its new state-of-the-art facility opened for the 2009-2010 school year in the north side of Port Arthur. It also has a 9th Grade Center which is located in El Vista Community of Port Arthur.
When Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen F. Austin high schools were consolidated, students voted on the new name for the district 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. Karla Obregon will be principal at Port Arthur Independent School District’s new Staff Sergeant Lucian Adams campus for the 2011-2012 school year. The Lucian Adams campus is expected to open this summer in time for the 2011–2012 school year.
Under coach Dean Colbert Memorial posted a 22–18 record from 2002-2005. He was succeeded by Ronnie Thompson, who had already coached at Thomas Jefferson from 1978 to 1981, where his players included Todd Dodge (former North Texas coach) and Craig Stump (current West Brook HS coach).The football team took a huge turn as the "Kenny Harrison Era" has arrived. Under his leadership, the football team has a 36-14 record from 2009–2012 with every year playoff appearances including a trip to the 2011 Class 5A Div. II State Semi-finals where it lost to the 2010 defending champion Cibolo Steele.
Jimmy Johnson former Super Bowl winning coach of the Cowboys and College National Title winning coach of the Hurricanes graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. Janis Joplin also attended this school while it was Thomas Jefferson, as did the political consultant Raymond Strother. Kansas City Chiefs star running back Jamaal Charles graduated from Memorial High School in 2005.