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Doug Porter  
Lakeside High School, 1980
Doug Porter is a graduate of Lakeside High School in Seattle, where he participated in football, basketball and track and field, earning 12 varsity letters throughout his career. His junior year of high school, he gained statewide recognition, winning the pole vault competition at the 1979 state indoor and outdoor meets. Porter established school and state records in the pole vault at 14’6” and finished fourth at state in the decathlon. During Porter’s senior year, he became recognized in the state and nationally for his performances in football, basketball and track and field.

Porter lettered all four years in football, setting the school record in total passing yards, touchdowns and defensive interceptions. He was selected to the Seattle Times’ All-Area Team as a quarterback, and received All-American honors in the Scholastic Coach Magazine. He set a school record with 11 interceptions in 1979. In his basketball career at Lakeside, Porter lettered and led both Metro AA and AAA in scoring, setting a school record for most points scored in a game with 46. He was selected to the Seattle P-I All-Area Team and received Lakeside’s Athletic Cup as perhaps the greatest athlete in Lakeside history. Porter’s track and field career was astonishing. During his sophomore year he set a school record in the pole vault and finished third at the Metro League Championships. During his junior year, Porter won the state indoor and outdoor title in the pole vault, establishing a state indoor record and Metro League record. He finished fourth in the state decathlon, won the regional Junior Olympics competition, and finished 10th in the nation in the pole vault. He capped off his high school career by setting a state record in the pole vault at a height of 15’1”, earning All-American honors from the National High School Athletic Coaches Association.

After high school, Porter attended Occidental College where he set a record in the decathlon and became the second best pole vaulter in Occidental history. He went on to win the NCAA Division III national meet title in 1983 competing in the decathlon and pole vault (setting a record at 16’6”). Porter made it back to nationals in 1984 where he finished first in the decathlon for the second time. Porter was an eight-time All-American in track and field. He also played quarterback and safety on the football team. He was inducted into the Occidental College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Division III Track & Field Hall of Fame in 2007.

Today, Porter teaches and is the head track and field coach, assistant football coach and freshman basketball coach at his alma mater, Lakeside High School. His girls track and fields teams have won three state titles, 19 state individual championships and hold four state records, including two in pole vaulting.



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