Port Arthur Independent School District

Sam Houston Elementary School (Port Arthur). Robert E. Lee Elementary School (Port Arthur). William B. Travis Elementary School (Port Arthur). Tyrrell Elementary School (Griffing Park). Booker T. Washington Technology School (West Port Arthur). Staff Sgt. Lucian Adams Elementary (Port Arthur). Pre-Kindergarten. Wheatley School of Early Childhood (Port Arthur). Stephen F. Austin High School (consolidated into Memorial High). Abraham Lincoln High School (consolidated into Memorial High). Thomas Jefferson High School (consolidated into Memorial High). Bishop Byrne High School (closed in 1983). Woodrow Wilson Middle School (Moved to ALMS). Thomas A. Edison Middle School (Moved to TJMS).

Abraham Lincoln High School (Port Arthur, Texas)

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Abraham Lincoln High School was a public high school in western Port Arthur, Texas and a part of the Port Arthur Independent School District. Prior to 1965 schools were segregated by race and black students attended Lincoln. White students did not choose to attend the school in significant numbers after desegregation even though the district had initial plans for a more racially balanced student body. It was established in 1904. In 2002 it merged into Memorial High School.

Jamaal Charles

Charles attended and played high school football for Memorial High School of Port Arthur, Texas. As a junior, he ran for 2,051 yards and 25 touchdowns while leading Memorial to the 5A Division II quarterfinals. He was named first team all-state by the Texas Sports Writers Association and second team all-state by the Associated Press. Charles followed up his stellar junior season by rushing for 2,056 yards and 25 touchdowns during his senior year with the Titans. The Associated Press named him to their first team all-state squad and he was declared the Houston Chronicle area offensive MVP.

Thomas Jefferson High School (Port Arthur, Texas)

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Thomas Jefferson High School was a public high school in Port Arthur, Texas and a part of the Port Arthur Independent School District. Prior to 1965 schools were segregated by race and white students attended Jefferson; the school began admitting black students that year. In 2002 it merged into Memorial High School. *

Stephen Jackson

Jackson was born in Port Arthur, Texas and spent his childhood there. Growing up, Jackson was raised by his mother, Judyette, a single parent who worked two jobs. As a teenager, Jackson worked in his grandfather's soul food restaurant in Port Arthur, where he would wash dishes and bus tables. At the age of 16, Jackson's half-brother Donald Buckner died at 25 years old from head injuries after being jumped. Following the violent tragedy, Jackson said that he wished he could have been there to assist and protect a member of his family. "You can't tell me seeing his brother die that way hasn't had an effect," recalls Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh.

Jimmy Johnson (American football coach)

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Johnson attended high school at Thomas Jefferson high school (now known as Memorial High School) in Port Arthur, Texas. In high school he was a classmate of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Janis Joplin. Johnson began as an assistant coach at Louisiana Tech University in 1965. During this time, Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame was the starting quarterback, and Jimmy helped recruit high school quarterback Terry Bradshaw from nearby Shreveport, Louisiana. He then became an assistant coach at Picayune Memorial High School in Picayune, Mississippi, in 1966.

Jonathan Babineaux

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Babineaux attended Lincoln High School in Port Arthur, Texas. In football, as a senior, he was the team captain of the Bumble Bees football team, and a first team All-Conference linebacker. He also was an excellent punter, averaging 40 yards per punt. In basketball, he helped his team to be ranked the best in the state of Texas. He also participated in baseball, golf, and track and field. Babineaux attended the University of Iowa where he played from 2000–2004. He finished his collegiate career with 131 tackles (39 for losses), 19 sacks, 24 quarterback hurries, one interception, two pass deflections, four fumble recoveries, and five forced fumbles.

Aaron Brown (defensive lineman)

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(November 16, 1943 – November 15, 1997) was an American football defensive lineman born in Port Arthur, Texas. Brown played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1966 to 1972 and Green Bay Packers from 1973 to 1974. Brown is an alumnus of the University of Minnesota. Brown was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with their first round selection in the 1966 American Football League Draft and later that year Brown participated in the first AFL-NFL World Championship game with the team (later known as the Super Bowl). Three years later, Brown was on the 1969 Chiefs' team that won the final AFL-NFL World Championship.

Inika McPherson

Inika McPherson (born September 29, 1986 in Port Arthur, Texas) is an American track and field athlete specializing in the high jump. She was the 2013 and 2014 US Indoor champion. She also won the women's high jump at the 2014 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships by clearing 2.00 for the first time. McPherson is usually easy to spot, with tattoos and a variety of hairstyles, including mohawks. She was a 2005 graduate of Memorial High School, of Port Arthur, Texas where she was freshman state champion and a six foot high jumper as a freshman in high school. McPherson shares the freshman high school record with Amy Acuff 6 ft. Was also named ESPN female high jumper of the decade.

Raymond Strother

Strother (born October 18, 1940) is a nationally known Democratic political consultant, originally from Port Arthur, Texas. Reared in a politically-active lower-middle-class home, Strother graduated in 1958 from Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, renamed in 2002 as Memorial High School. Strother won a track scholarship to Northwestern State University, then Northwestern State College, in Natchitoches, Louisiana. After two years, the administration asked him to leave NSC because of his political activities. He transferred to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. There he became the advertising director and then the editor of The Daily Reveille student newspaper.

Elandon Roberts

Roberts attended Memorial High School in Port Arthur, Texas. He was a member of both the football team and the track & field team. Roberts played college football for Morgan State as a freshman linebacker in 2012. He finished the season with 107 tackles to lead team and finish second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) while at Morgan State University which competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. The 107 tackle total marked the second-best single-season effort in program history, and He also had nine tackles for a loss, two sacks, one interception, and two pass breakups as well.

Janis Joplin

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In 1965 and 1966, Joplin commuted from her family's Port Arthur home to Beaumont, Texas, where she had regular sessions with a psychiatric social worker named Bernard Giarritano at a counseling agency that was funded by the United Fund, which after her death changed its name to the United Way. Interviewed by biographer Myra Friedman after his client's death, Giarritano said Joplin had been baffled by how she could pursue a professional career as a singer without relapsing into drugs, and her drug-related memories from immediately prior to returning to Port Arthur continued to frighten her.

Kevin Everett

Everett attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, Texas, where he was a three-year letterman in football. As a senior, he won Class 5A All-State honors in 2000. Kevin Everett attended Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas for two years, where he was a two-time first-team All-Southwest Junior College football conference pick, ranked the second best junior college player in the nation. As a sophomore, he caught 18 passes for 310 yards and 2 touchdowns. He subsequently transferred to the University of Miami. Everett left Miami as the 86th overall pick by the Buffalo Bills in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft.

Bobby Leopold

Bobby Leopold (born October 18, 1957 in Port Arthur, Texas) is a former American football linebacker who played five seasons in the NFL, mainly for the San Francisco 49ers. He has also played with the Green Bay Packers and the New Jersey Generals of the USFL.

Jordan Babineaux

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Jordan Jude Babineaux (born August 31, 1982) is a former American football safety. He was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2004 out of Southern Arkansas University.

Joe Washington

Washington graduated from Lincoln High School in Port Arthur, Texas where his father coached football. Washington had a stellar college football career at the University of Oklahoma where he was a two time First-team All-American and finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 1974 and fifth in 1975. He finished his career at Oklahoma with 4,071 career rushing yards. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. Washington was drafted fourth overall in the first round of the 1976 NFL Draft by the Chargers. A month prior to the start of the 1978 season, he was traded to Baltimore for Lydell Mitchell.

Danny Gorrer

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He starred at Memorial High School in Port Arthur, Texas, where he recorded 68 tackles, 9 interceptions and 2 touchdowns as a senior and was selected to the Associated Press All-State second-team. Was named first-team All-Greater Houston Area, first-team Port Arthur News Super Teams, first-team Beaumont Enterprise Super Gold Team, and first-team All-District. Won the 2003 5A state championship 4x400-meter relay as a senior and finished second in the state his junior and senior year in the 4x100-meter relay. Gorrer was a high school teammate, and is a life long friend of fellow NFL player, Jamaal Charles.

Groves, Texas

In 1886, Sam Courville moved his family from a Sabine Lake settlement in Port Arthur to a new home on 640 acre of land. It was in that same general area around 1911 that John Warne Gates purchased additional tracts of land. The land was conveyed to the Griffing brothers of Port Arthur in 1916, and three years later Griffing Brothers Nursery employee Wiley Choate supervised the planting of several thousand pecan trees on a 385 acre tract. In 1921, the Port Arthur Land Development Company took control of the site and divided the land into a residential subdivision known as "Pecan Grove".

Bishop Byrne High School (Texas)

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Bishop Byrne High School was a Catholic high school in Port Arthur, Texas. It was located near Texas State Highway 73. It was in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Beaumont. Christopher E. Byrne, a bishop, consolidated St. James High School and St. Mary High School into a single school, which initially had the two campuses but later got a single one. In 1949 the first class of students graduated. In 1965 the school had 500 students. In 1983 170 students were enrolled. In 1983 all of the teachers were lay teachers except for a single nun; the school administration believed having more clergy on staff would show a stronger religious image and encourage more people to enroll.

Lucian Adams

Adams was born on October 26, 1922, in Port Arthur, Texas, as one of twelve children in a large Mexican American family. He attended Port Arthur High School and enlisted in the Army in February 1943, after spending two years in a wartime plant making landing craft — just like the ones that would carry him to the shores of Italy and then France in the U.S. invasion of Europe. In the summer of 1944, the 3rd Infantry Division landed near St Tropez in the South of France and began advancing into central France.

G. W. Bailey

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Pimp C

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Butler's body was transported back to his hometown of Port Arthur, Texas shortly after and his funeral was held at the Bob Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur on December 13, 2007. Port Arthur Mayor Deloris Prince, Pimp C's mother Weslyn Monroe, and Bun B were among the speakers at the service. Numerous rappers have paid tribute to Pimp C in the wake of his passing. Bun B has continued to honor Pimp C through his music, including the tracks "You're Everything" and "Pop It 4 Pimp" on his 2008 album II Trill, and released the final UGK album, UGK 4 Life, in 2009. Lil' Flip released a tribute song RIP Pimp C two days after his death in 2007.

Bun B

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Bernard James Freeman (born March 19, 1973), known professionally as Bun B, is an American rapper and actor. He is best known as one half of the southern rap duo UGK (UnderGround Kingz), a group he formed in 1987 alongside Pimp C. Aside from his work with UGK, Bun B has released four solo albums, including 2010's Trill OG, which received the rare 5 mic rating from The Source.

Port Acres, Port Arthur, Texas

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The Port Arthur Convention and Visitors Bureau stated that Port Acres is "often regarded as" being a "self-contained" community. The United States Postal Service Port Acres Post Office is located at 5897 West Port Arthur Road. (The post office is currently closed, and there are no plans to reopen it in the future.) Port Acres is within the Port Arthur Independent School District. Dowling Elementary School, in Port Acres, and Austin Middle School serve the area. All district residents are zoned to Memorial High School. *

Paul Jones (wrestler)

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Frederik was born on June 16, 1942 in Port Arthur, Texas. He attended Thomas Jefferson High School. As a teenager, he boxed, spending seven years as a Golden Gloves boxer and winning the Texas Light Heavyweight Championship and Texas Heavyweight Championship. While working in a television studio, he met Paul Boesch, who suggested he become a professional wrestler and offered to train him. Frederik was trained to wrestle by Paul Boesch and Morris Sigel, debuting in 1961 under the ring name "Paul Jones".