Pearland High School
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|Pearland High School|
3775 South Main Street
|Type||Public high school|
|Color(s)||Maroon, white and black|
|Rival||Glenda Dawson High School|
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.
Background and history
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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 12 people and served 58 students in 1st through 12th grades on Grand Boulevard.
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 home to the Pearland Historical Society, a Brazoria County Tax Office annex, Pearland Junior High School West Campus, and Leon H. 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.
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.
The current Pearland High School campus opened in 1991, on South Main Street. The original building (called the South Campus) has a capacity of 2,200 students. The building houses the auditorium, 2 gymnasiums (one was converted into a weight room), several vocational trades shops, and the athletic locker rooms.
In 1998, a 1,750 student capacity building was built adjacent to Pearland High School. This building houses three gymnasiums, a teaching theater, a broadcast studio, and a large cafeteria. This building was called the "North Campus" until being renamed for the late Sheryl Searcy, a longtime reading teacher at Pearland High School in 2009.
Glenda Dawson High School opened in 2007, relieving the overcrowded Pearland High School.
The Pearland Oilers compete in these sports -
- Cross Country
- Swimming and Diving
- Water Polo
- Track and Field
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.
- Billy M. Wall (1937-1942)
- G.D. Guy (1942-1945)
- J.A. Mauer (1945-1947)
- George E. Thigpen (1947-1951)
- Chester B. Hudson (1951-1953)
- Dean Evans (1953-1954)
- Steven Prensner (1954-1966)
- Tom Sproles (1966-1968)
- K. Langston Pate (1968-1969)
- G. Preston Bullard (1969-1971)
- Gerry M. "Mack" Peoples (1971-1972)
- Wilburn C. Lynch (1972-1973)
- Gerald Harris (1973-1980)
- Jim Watson (1980-1989)
- Don Jones (1989-1992)
- Mary Lou Moore (1992-1993)
- Greg Smith (1993-1997)
- Ed Taylor (1997-1999)
- Diane Martin (1999-2003)
- Sonia Serrano (2003-2005)
- Dr. Nyla Watson (2005-2006)
- Michele Staley (2006-2009)
- Larry Berger (2009-2016)
- John Palombo (2016-present)
- Ricky Churchman – professional football safety and punt-return specialist with San Francisco 49ers
- Jarrod Cooper – former professional football safety with Oakland Raiders and Carolina Panthers
- Anthony Dickerson – former professional football linebacker with Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills
- Kirk Dressendorfer – former Major League Baseball pitcher
- Craig Hlavaty – writer, Houston Chronicle; and guest host of KIAH television program NewsFix 
- Clay Hensley – Major League Baseball pitcher
- Robbie Weinhardt – Major League Baseball pitcher
- The Judy's – punk and new wave band from 1970s and '80s
- Stephen Hollingshead – Senior Adviser to United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
- Lauren Lanning – beauty pageant titleholder; Miss Texas USA 2006; competed in Miss USA 2006 pageant
- Donald Miller – Christian author
- Thomas Morstead – professional football punter and kickoff specialist with New Orleans Saints
- Cyril Obiozor – professional football linebacker with Denver Broncos
- Fozzy Whittaker - professional football running back and kick returner with Carolina Panthers
• Megan Thee Stallion- Rapper
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- The Athletics Department
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