Memorial High School (Port Arthur, Texas)
|Port Arthur Memorial Sr. High School (PAM)|
|Port Arthur, Texas
|Established||August 2002 (new campus opened for 2009–10 school year)|
|School district||Port Arthur ISD|
|Principal||Dr. Glenn Mitchell|
|Color(s)||Red, Black & Silver|
|Newspaper||The Titan Times|
|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. Initially, the school used the former Lincoln and Jefferson campuses; its new facility opened for the 2009–10 school year in the north side of Port Arthur. It also has a 9th Grade Center in south Port Arthur, on the former Austin Middle School campus.
When Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen F. Austin high schools were consolidated, students voted on the name for the new high school 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. Employees of the school district established a museum of artefacts from the three former high schools plus the Catholic Bishop Byrne High School.
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). Under his leadership, the football team posted a 36-14 record from 2009 to 2012 with playoff appearances every year including a trip to the 2011 Class 5A Div. II State Semi-finals, where it lost to the 2010 defending champion Cibolo Steele.
- Eric Alexander, former NFL linebacker, attended Stephen F. Austin
- Aaron Brown, former NFL defensive end, attended Lincoln
- Jonathan Babineaux, NFL defensive tackle, attended Lincoln
- Jordan Babineaux, former NFL cornerback, attended Lincoln
- G. W. Bailey, American Actor, attended Thomas Jefferson
- Jamaal Charles, NFL running back
- Kevin Everett, former NFL tight end, attended Thomas Jefferson
- Goose Gonsoulin, former NFL safety, attended Thomas Jefferson
- Danny Gorrer, former NFL cornerback
- Mike Green, former NFL linebacker, attended Lincoln
- Duriel Harris, former NFL wide receiver, attended Stephen F. Austin
- Xavier Hernandez, former MLB pitcher, attended Thomas Jefferson
- Stephen Jackson, former NBA guard, attended Lincoln
- James Johnson, former NFL running back, attended Thomas Jefferson
- Jimmy Johnson, former NFL head coach, attended Thomas Jefferson
- Janis Joplin, rock singer, attended Thomas Jefferson
- Carl Larpenter, former NFL offensive lineman, attended Thomas Jefferson
- Bobby Leopold, former NFL linebacker, attended Lincoln
- Tim McKyer, former NFL cornerback, attended Lincoln
- Marcus Price, former NFL offensive lineman, attended Lincoln
- Elandon Roberts, NFL linebacker
- Dan Rogas, former NFL offensive lineman, attended Thomas Jefferson
- Cotton Speyrer, former NFL wide receiver, attended Thomas Jefferson
- Raymond Strother, political consultant, attended Thomas Jefferson
- Joe Washington, former NFL running back, attended Lincoln
- Rappleye, Christine (September 28, 2007). "Trustee thinks school should honor Adams". Beaumont Enterprise. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007.
- Meaux, Mary (August 29, 2016). "PA grad museum memorabilia saved". Port Arthur News.
- Rogers, Dave (September 6, 2006). "Time changes Titan coach, not goals". Port Arthur News. Archived from the original on October 23, 2006.