PHS Poplarville High School

The Poplarville High School serves students grades 9th through 12th. The campus is located at #1 Hornet Drive, Poplarville MS 39470. You can reach PHS at (voice) (601) 795 8424 or (fax) (601) 795-1345.

Principal: Jonanthan Will
Assistant Principal: Timmy Story

Contending for State Championship Ring # 2

Zanaisha Turner, junior at PHS, is no stranger to State Championships. On May 6, 2016, Zanaisha will compete for her second state championship in triple jump. She will also vie to win the championship in long jump. Since she has gone undefeated in the triple jump for three years, her goal is to continue being undefeated until she graduates May 2017. She is the district, regional, and south gold medalist in triple jump. She is also the silver medalist in long jump as well. She is the MVP of the girls track team scoring over 100 points this season. She helped to lead to varsity to girls to a second place finish in district, a third place finish in regionals, and a fourth place finish in South State!!





Girls’ Track Team Headed to State

The PHS Girls’ Track team has outshined their opponent the entire 2016 season.  The girls came in 2nd place out of twelve teams in the 7-4A District meet at McComb High School in Early April.

Regionals, which took place April 23rd at Pass Christian High School, brought the girls a 3rd place spot out of 24 teams.  

Saturday, April 30th, the girls traveled back to Pass Christian to compete in the South State Meet.  Out of the 21 teams competing, PHS finished 4th.

The team won a slew of impressive titles at competitions during the month of April:

  • Janelle Johnson- 3200M- 1st in District; 2nd in Regionals and South State

  • Janelle Johnson- 1600M-  2nd in Regionals and South State

  • Tique Henry- Triple Jump- 4th in District, Regionals and South State

  • Kenya Tillman, Jasmine Sharpe, Elizabeth Hughes and Angela Angulo- 4X800- 3rd in District; 4th in Regionals; 4th in South State

  • Zanaisha Turner- Long Jump- 2nd in District and Regionals; 1st in South State

  • Zanaisha Turner, the 7-4A 2015 State Champion in the triple jump, has remained undefeated in this category all season.  She is currently the triple jump champion in District, Regionals, and the South State Championship.  We are looking for Zanaisha to be our back to back State Champion after the state competition this weekend..  

Janelle, Zanaisha, Tique, Elizabeth, Kenya, Jasmine, and Angela will travel to Pearl High School this Friday, May 6th to compete in the Mississippi Track State Championship.  Events begin at 11:30!  Good Luck Hornets!

Lady Hornet Softball Advances to Round 2 State Playoffs

On Thursday, April 28th, the PHS Lady Hornet Softball Team completed the 1st round sweep of Moss Point with an 8-6 win (6-0 win at Moss Point in Game 1).  The Lady Hornets move into the 2nd Round of the MHSAA State Playoffs facing Newton County.  Game 1 will be played Monday, May 2nd, at Newton County at 6:00pm.  Game 2 and 3 (if necessary) will be played at PHS Tuesday, May 3rd, at 5:00pm.

Keep Poplarville Beautiful 2016

On April 23rd, Poplarville hosted the Keep Poplarville Beautiful event in keeping with Earth Day.  Students and community members alike assisted in collecting trash around the city, starting with the city park.  Many TSA4 members volunteered as well as other students in Mrs. Merritt’s and Ms. Baxter’s classes.  After arriving early in the morning and picking up bags from the park, students travelled about the city cleaning up designated areas.  Door prizes, including free haircut certificates from local salons, were randomly awarded, and some of the students won.  As the students finished collecting, they returned to the park and turned in their bags, loaded with litter.  They unanimously agreed that it was an exceedingly positive experience and that it was a joy to give back to their community. Article By: Eadie Keenan

Prom Committee

The prom committee is hard at work decorating for the PHS Prom this Saturday night. The theme will be masquerade as the students enjoy "A Night in Disguise" at the National Guard Armory. Thanks to Mrs. Tammy Ladner for leading students in creating a special night for our students.

Poplarville High School Students Participating in the 2016 Congressional Art Competition

Four Art 1 students from Poplarville High School are competing in the 2016 Congressional Art Competition held by our congressman Steven Palazzo. Jaya Patterson, Abigail Roberts, Holli Ard,and Zanaisha Turner. Entries are now
open for the public by voting on Facebook. In order to vote simply like Congressman Steven Palazzo's Facebook page, and then cast a vote by “liking” your favorite works of art in the “2016 Congressional Art Competition” photo album. Anyone can vote so encourage all your family and friends to support our fellow Poplarville High School students.

Everyone is encouraged to vote for their favorite Poplarville student's artwork in the drawing category during the official voting week, April 26th – May 2nd.  The overall winner and category winners will be announced on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2016.
By Abigail Roberts
By Holli Ard
By Zanaisha Turner
By Jaya Patterson

Johnson Advances to South State

Poplarville Freshman, Janelle Johnson, took home the District Title for Division 7-4A in the 3200M and 1600M runs at McComb High School in early April.

Janelle traveled to Pass Christian last weekend to compete in Regionals.  She placed 2nd in both events.  She advances to South State to race this upcoming weekend.

If Janelle places in the top 4, she will advance to the State Championship next Friday, May 6.

Poplarville High School is cheering for you Janelle!  You Got This!


PHS Choir, ‘One Voice’, Receives High Ratings in State Competition

The PHS Choir received all superior ratings in the District VIII Festival in February of  this year, which qualified them to sing at the MHSAA State contest.  The State Contest was held at Pearl High School on April 21st.  One Voice specializes in harmonizing and sang Festive Alleluia and I Ask For One Day.   The PHS Girls’ SSA group received superior in sight singing and an Excellent Rating in onstage performance (only missing a superior rating by 4 points)!    

One Voice also competed in a “Sing with Foreigner” Contest, which was a viewer voted contest.  Mrs. Will claims, “We were also very close in this contest and I am so proud of our choir and the way they have worked this year.  This is a great group!”

Mrs. Andrea Will has been the choir director at Poplarville High School for the past 3 years.  She is bringing back the PHS Show Choir for the 2016-2017 school year.  We are looking forward to what Mrs. Will has in store for our school.


Lady Hornets District Champs

On Wednesday, April 20, the PHS Lady Hornet Fastpitch Softball Team captured the 2016 Division 7-4A Title with a thrilling 7-6 win in the bottom of the 7th over Sumrall.  This Division Championship is the 6th in the last 7 years and this year’s playoff appearance will mark the 9th straight for PHS.  The Lady Hornets, led by 8 seniors, finished the regular season with a record of 15-3 and are currently ranked #1 in 4A according to High Sports in Mississippi.  The Lady Hornets will begin the 1st round of the MHSAA State Playoffs on the road Tuesday and at Home Thursday.  Game times and opponents have yet to be determined.

Powerlifting Team, Turan Smith make History

The Hornet Powerlifting team sent 3 competitors to Jackson, MS on Saturday, April 16 for the MHSAA State Championships.  The Hornets brought home several accolades over the course of the Powerlifting season while competing in Regionals, South State and eventually State.  The results from State competition are:

Kobe Taylor - 5th Place

Chris Fowler - 6th Place

Turan Smith - 1st Place

Turan Smith, with the first place finish, becomes the first ever State Champion in powerlifting in school history.  Turan had a 3 lift total of 1,025 pounds.  He squatted 375, benched 185 and pulled an astounding 465 on dead lift for the win.  Turan has worked extremely hard to achieve this goal and we are proud of him.








Prom 2016

Deadline to register is Friday April 22, 2016. ANY Jr. or Sr. MUST register in order to attend Prom.
2016 Prom, A Night in Disguise, will be April 30, 2016 at the National Guard Armory from 8:00 p.m - Midnight.
Contact Tammy Ladner for more information. 

Barnes Commits to PRCC

On April 8, 2016,Senior Craig Barnes, the son of Craig and Lisa Barnes signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for Pearl River Community College.

Craig, a 3 year starter, has played Center for the Poplarville Hornet Basketball Team for the past 6 years.  Craig was selected for District Best Defensive Player of the Year for the past two years, and was chosen for All District three years in a row.

The 6’8”, 190 pound senior finished out his high school basketball career with a total of 540 rebounds, 42 steals, 62 blocks and 34 assists.

Craig’s current basketball coach, Chareck Cable , boasted of his player saying, “Craig was a tremendous asset to the team.  Leading the team to a 20-10 record his senior year and advancing to the second round of the state play-offs, losing to then undefeated and 2x defending 4-A State Champion McComb High School.  Craig averaged 15 points and 12 rebounds”.

Craig states, “I’m very excited to see what my future at PRCC is going to be like.  I am also blessed to be receiving a full ride.  I am proud to say I am now a Wildcat”.

Pictured left to right: Standing: Rickee Raine, Coach Cable, Coach Russell.  Sitting: Lisa, Craig, and CraigShae Barnes.





2016 Hall of Fame

Poplarville High School is pleased to announce the 2016 Hall of Fame members.  To be a candidate, a senior must be in the top 25% of their class and submit appropriate paperwork. A panel of seven teachers, selected by the senior student council members, then rank the students based on overall academic, extracurricular, and community activities.  This year's group includes Mallory Nuccio, Victoria McMurray, Lauren LeCompte, Dalton Spiers, Jonthon Wells, McKinsy Harris, and Matthew Merrell (not pictured).

PHS Powerlifting South State Championship Results

The Poplarville High School Powerlifting team traveled to McComb Saturday, March 19 to compete in the South State Championship.


Turan Smith 2nd

Chris fowler 3rd

Kobe Taylor 3rd

Austin arceneaux 4th

Turan, Chris and Kobe will move on to State Competition in Jackson on April 16.


2016-2017 Freshmen Tour PHS

Poplarville 8th grade students toured PHS and the CDC on Friday, April 1st. Students got to meet with teachers, coaches, administration, older students and choose their classes for next year. Two of the favorite stops included discussing pep rally traditions with Coach Ray and Coach Beech and seeing students put together robots in Mrs. Merritt's STEM class. When I asked a group of students something they learned about the high school, one student said, "We learned that high school is going to be hard, but it's going to be a lot of fun also!" We are excited to welcome the Class of 2020 to Poplarville High School!

Poplarville High School Boys Soccer Team 2016-2017

·          Ethan McIntyre
·          Davis Hollingsworth
·          Josh Davis
·          Austin Carter
·          Evan Smith
·          Turan Smith
·          Nick Kirschbaum
·          Mason Nodurft
·          Jayden Shaw
·          Chris Fowler Jr. *
·          Alan Holiday *
·          Austin Ashley
·          Tres Ray
·          Christopher Hughes
·          David Gray
·          Logan Santiago
·          Cameron Hodge
·          Cade Johnson
·          Bradley Stines
·          Sonny Davis
·          Ethan Taylor*
·          Trae Wilson
8th grader(s):
·          Maddux Francis
·          Seth Santiago
·          Gavin Lee
·          Gavin Mcgowan
·          J.P. Rush*
·          Bryson Andrews*
·          Preston Stuart
7th grader(s)
·          Zach Carpenter*
·          Hayden McClendon*
·          Caleb Hall*
·          Alex Creel *

Position Announcements for PHS

The Poplarville Special Municipal Separate School District, 302 South Julia Street, Poplarville, MS 39470, is now taking applications for the following positions that will be vacant at the end of the 2016 school year.

HIgh School Science/Health Teacher
High School English Teacher

Applicants who have questions concerning the postitions may contact Jon Will, High School Principal, at

601-795-8424 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications will be received at the central office. Applications may be downloaded at

The Poplarville School District does not discriminate on the basis of Sex, Race, Religion, Color, National Origin, Age or Handicap.

Class of 2016 Senior Breakfast

Senior Breakfast will be held in the PHS Cafeteria the morning of graduation practice on Tuesday, May 17th at 8:30 a.m.

To make this a memorable event for the PHS Class of 2016, we are looking for parents or organizations that would be willing to help with the food.  Any Senior parent or organization  that would like to bring food or donate funds to purchase food for the breakfast should contact Keri Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 601-795-8424, ext. 5205.

During the breakfast we will have a Senior slideshow.  If you would like to contribute pictures, please email them to Ariel Dunn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The deadline to submit photos is April 26, 2016.