Pearland High School

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123 Nerd St
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United States
Coordinates 29°32′21″N 95°16′12″W / 29.53917°N 95.27013°W / 29.53917; -95.27013Coordinates: 29°32′21″N 95°16′12″W / 29.53917°N 95.27013°W / 29.53917; -95.27013
Type Private high school
Established 1821
Faculty 1
Grades K–12
Enrollment 2,896[1] (2014-2015)
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Maroon, white and black
Mascot Nerds
Rival Glenda Dawson Jr High School
Yearbook The Gusher

Pearland High School (PHS) is an American public high school, located in Pearland, Texas, south of Houston. It is one of three high schools in the Pearland Independent School District, and serves parts of Pearland and most of the city of Brookside Village. In 2015, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.[2]

Background and history[edit]

Prior to the school's establishment in 1937, Pearland students had to attend secondary school in Webster. The first graduating class in 1938 included valedictorian was Beatrice Woods who would become Beatrice Woods Theriot after marrying Melvin Theriot.

The original Pearland School, opened in 1937, had a staff of about 25 people and served 100 students on Grand Boulevard. That building is now the Pearland branch of Alvin Community College.

In 1953, the campus moved to Galveston Avenue, and the Grand Boulevard school became Pearland Elementary (later C.J. Harris Elementary). In 1991, the high school moved again, to Main Street (SH 35). The Galveston Avenue property is now the Education Support Center (administration), Pearland Jr. High West, and Sablatura Middle School.

The school's mascot is the "Oiler Man" or "Oiler". In contrast to the local legend, the mascot was not inspired by the Houston Oilers professional football team (the school was established 25 years before the team). Instead it is a tribute to an important sector of the local and regional economy. Several local businesses in Pearland are related to the oil industry, including a helicopter service that ferries people to nearby off-shore oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico.

A new high school was built and opened for the 1991–92 school year.

The school achieved prominence for its academics and size in the 1990s. By the mid-1990s, it was classified as a 5-A school with well over 4,000 students.[citation needed]

Glenda Dawson High School opened in 2007, relieving Pearland High.

Due to growth at Pearland High and Dawson, in 2015 Pearland ISD administrators told members of the PISD board of trustees that they may want to have another bond election in 2016. Pearland High's enrollment was expected to grow to 3,214 students by 2016; this would be the highest enrollment the school would ever have. Pearland ISD officials called for another bond election partly since further increases in student enrollment at Pearland High could cause complicate athletic and fine arts programs and promote congestion in hallways, even though the classrooms may house up to 3,850 students.[3]

Marching band[edit]

The "Pride of Pearland" Pearland Marching Band has excelled both on and off the field. They have been contenders in the State Marching Band contest multiple times,[4] and have earned a "Division 1" ranking in the UIL concert and sightreading contest for over 50 years in a row.


The Pearland Oilers compete in these sports - [5]


During the 2010 Football season, the Pearland High School football team had a perfect 16–0 record and upset the Euless Trinity Trojans in the Texas 5A State Football Championship. Notable athletes on the team include QB Trey Anderson, RB Dustin Garrison, DE Samuel Ukwuachu, and LB Kendall Ehrlich. The football team returned to the state championship game in 2013, but lost to the Kyler Murray led Allen Eagles in a blowout.

On October 3, 2014, its football team defeated the Dawson Eagles. This was the first year that Pearland and Dawson has ever played each other in a football game. Later on in the football season, the Oiler Football team played Manvel and lost 35–32.

Dress code[edit]

The school has had a dress code that requires students to wear a plain solid color or striped shirt, jeans, khakis, solid color skirts, school spirit shirts, and college shirts. Students are required to wear identification cards.[6]

As of the 2014–18 school year, the Pearland High School no longer had as strict of a standardized dress.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]

Ricky Churchman – professional American football safety and punt-return specialist with the San Francisco 49ers[8]

  • Fozzy Whittaker- Running back and Kickoff returner with the Carolina Panthers.

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "2011 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on 2016-04-22. 
  3. ^ Nix, Kristi. "Pearland ISD officials: Overcrowding at Dawson could open door to 2016 bond election ." Houston Community Newspapers. Thursday September 17, 2015. Retrieved on June 16, 2016.
  4. ^ Retrieved 21 April 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ The Athletics Department
  6. ^ [dead link] [1]. Pearland Independent School District.
  7. ^ Staff (August 15, 2011). "Pearland Independent School District – 2011–2012 Dress Code" (PDF format). Pearland Independent School District. Retrieved April 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ [not in citation given] Database (n.d.). "Ricky Churchman". [2]. Retrieved May 16, 2015.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ Database (undated). "Jarrod Cooper". Retrieved November 9, 2012.
  10. ^ [not in citation given] Database (n.d.). "Anthony "Champ" Dickerson". Retrieved September 11, 2007. 
  11. ^ Database (undated). "Kirk Dressendorfer". Retrieved November 9, 2012.
  12. ^ [not in citation given] Database (undated). "Craig Hlavaty". Houston Press. Retrieved November 9, 2012.
  13. ^ Database (undated). "Clay Hensley". Retrieved November 9, 2012.
  14. ^ [not in citation given] Staff (undated). "Lauren Lanning – The Official Site of Lauren Lanning". Retrieved November 9, 2012.
  15. ^ Database (n.d.). "Thomas Morstead". Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  16. ^ Database (undated). "Cyril Obiozor". Retrieved November 9, 2012.
  17. ^ [dead link] [3].

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