Mr. Robert Turner was the Pearland Independent School District Superintendent from 1968 - 1978. In February 2007, the school board voted to name the next high school campus Robert Turner High School. In March 2012, the school board voted to open a college & career high school. The school opened in August 2013.
During the 1890s the town of Pearland was settled along the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe rail line. With this in mind, the mascot options for Turner College & Career High School were based on railroad themes. In October, 2012 the community voted and selected the winning mascot, the Rail Cat.
A Rail Cat is a resilient cat that lives in a rail yard. The resilience and persistence of the Rail Cat to survive and succeed is a great model for our students pursuing great ventures in college and careers. Like our local businessmen, businesswomen, and Pearland leaders we want our students to learn the value of hard work and persistence.