Carl E. Porter was a native of Columbia, Missouri. He graduated from Frederick Douglas High School and, afterwards, he received a degree in physical education from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was a commissioned officer in the United States Army at the completion of his college education.
Coach Porter’s prescient career was marked by a stellar nineteen-year period as Coach and Educator at Scotlandville Junior High School. In 1976, Coach Porter became the athletic director at Southern University Laboratory High School. Coach Porter’s reputation blossomed, his record in football was 129-25. He was the recipient of numerous Louisiana State Championships. Despite his athletic prowess Coach Porter stressed the importance of academic success to all of his student athletes.
A thirty-one-year history of athletic excellence garnered Coach Porter induction into the Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1999. Coach Porter’s community involvement was highlighted by his membership and his contribution to various organizations. Among the organizations he was associated were the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Kiwanis, NAACP, and Anna T. Jordan Recreation Center.