Gladys Porter High School

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Gladys Porter High School
3500 International Boulevard
Brownsville, Texas 78521
United States
Coordinates 25°54′45″N 97°28′19″W / 25.9126°N 97.4719°W / 25.9126; -97.4719Coordinates: 25°54′45″N 97°28′19″W / 25.9126°N 97.4719°W / 25.9126; -97.4719
School type Public high school
Founded 1974
School district Brownsville Independent School District
Principal Hector Hernandez
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,005[1] (2014-2015)
Color(s)           Blue & White
Athletics conference UIL Class AAAAA
Mascot Cowboy

Gladys Porter High School is a 5A public high school in Brownsville, Texas (USA) and is one of the successors of "Brownsville High School". It is one of six high schools operated by the Brownsville Independent School District. In 2015, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.[2]


Porter High School was built to alleviate the over-crowded conditions which had existed at Brownsville High School, now Homer Hanna High School, for three years. Even before the construction began, the school's colors and mascot were chosen at a board meeting on October 2, 1973. The school was named for Gladys Sams Porter (1910-March 16, 1980), the daughter of Earl C. Sams, who was the first president of the J.C. Penney retail chain and Lula A. Sams. Ms. Porter was a well-known Brownsville civic leader and philanthropist. It is a magnet school for Technology and Engineering. Tony Ortiz was selected the school's first principal. The Magnet Program from Porter High School will be moved to Veterans Memorial High School for the 2012-2013 school year.


The Porter Cowboys compete in the following sports:[3]


  • Boys Soccer [4]
    • 2006(5A) State Champions
    • 2016(5A) State Champions


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  2. ^ "2015 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on 2016-04-22. 
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  4. ^ UIL Centennial webpage Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.

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