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.
PORTER ECHS MISSION STATEMENT
Porter Early College High School's mission is to prepare students to be lifelong learners and responsible, productive citizens in a global society.
PORTER ECHS VISION
Porter Early College High School is committed to achieving a high level of excellence for all students and advocating student, parent, and community involvement to support and promote a post-secondary education for students.