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

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.


Vote for your choir to sing with Foreigner

The PHS choir is in a contest to win the opportunity to sing with the rock band Foreigner in April  - you can help them win by logging onto and viewing their contest video. The entry with the most completed views will win- Thank you for your support.

Lady Hornets Remain Undefeated

The Lady Hornets’ victory over the  Columbia Wildcats  Monday night brought their record to 7-0, 1-0 in the District.

With a score of 13-1, the Lady Hornets dominated the game on offense and defense.  They began the first inning with 6 runs, and kept the same momentum throughout the game.  Senior Jordan Billiot pitched a near perfect game.  She struck out 9 batters and only allowed 4 hits with 1 resulting in a run.

Seniors Kimberly Lambert, Caylen Beall and Sophomore Paige Benjamin each had a 1,000 batting average for the night.

Come watch the Lady Hornets play Picayune at the Hive Thursday, March 17th.  This is what the girls call a “Pride Game”.


Lambert Signs With PRCC

On Friday, February 26, 2016, PHS Senior Kaley Lambert signed a national letter of intent to play softball for Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, MS.  Kaley is the daughter of Chris and Angela Lambert.

Kaley has played centerfield, first base, and designated hitter for the Lady Hornets Softball Team for the past 6 years  under the direction of Coach Ray, Coach Ross and Coach Jackson.

Also Pictured; Parents- Chris and Angela Lambert, Grandparents, Siblings- Tori, Aris, Kimberly and Jobe Lambert.





Hornets Victorious Over the Panthers

The Poplarville Hornets’ Baseball Team was victorious over the Lumberton Panthers Monday night at the Hive, with a score of 5-3.  Parker Wells and Tate Shaw pitched the first 5 innings of the game.  Dawson Brown pitched the 6th and 7th innings and closed out the game.

The score was tied 1-1 in the third inning.  Poplarville put up four more points in the 4th and 5th innings.  Lumberton scored two runs in the 6th inning.  Cole Dedeaux (Shortstop) had an impressive play in the last inning with an out at home.  Tyson Holston (Center Field) finished the game when he caught the game winning fly ball.

The Hornets will play their first District Game at Sumrall this Thursday, March 18th.





2016-2017 PHS Girls Soccer Team









Merisa Myrick

Kaitlyn Barber

Jasy Lee

Jill Hudnall


Gracie Smith

Amber Smith

Lexey Breerwood

Ali Glasscock


Karlee Price

Stormy Matthews

Hannah McClendon

Olivia Branum

Candi Spiers

Austin Mayfield

AnJolie Francis


Rachel Carpenter

Renee Harris

Angel Holloway

Hannah Spiers

Star Newson

8th Grade:

Julianna Wells

Kaitlyn Williams

Chasity Dearman

Mollie Brown

Jaycee Bridgers

Evelyn Kimball

7th Grade:

Lilly Smith





PHS Tennis News

Moss Point Match

The PHS tennis team had a good run on the courts Tuesday night against Moss Point High School.  Match play began at 4:00 in an attempt to get all play completed before the threat of rain stopped play.  The rain held off but the wind was a definite factor throughout the night.  Wind gusts of 20 mph made it difficult at times to control the flight of the tennis ball.  Despite the extremely windy conditions, Poplarville finished the night with several individual wins as well as a team win.  The match against Moss Point was the first District Match of the year.

Varsity Winners:

Boys Singles: R. Schubert defeated L. Smith 6-0   6-1

#1 Boys Doubles:  C. Jones & T. Miley defeated  A. Haynes & T. Salter  6-3   6-0

#1 Girls Doubles:  P. Nix & S. Coleman defeated D. Jenkins & D. Wilson  6-4  7-5

Mixed Doubles:  C. Davis & S. Recatto defeated D. Watson & T. Porter   6-1  6-0

JV Winners:

Mixed Doubles:  M. Davis & K. Smith  won 6-0 in a single set.

Girls Doubles:  P. Nix & A. Knoll won 6-2 in a single set.


Bay High Match 

The Poplarville Hornet tennis team was back in action at home against Bay High Tuesday afternoon. Sunny and warm weather was a welcome sight after the recent heavy rains.  Bay High is the 2nd District match played so far this season.  

Varsity Winners:

Boy Singles: Ryan Schubert defeated Breaghan LeFlore  6-1   6-2

#2 Boys Doubles:  Christopher Casteneda & Noah Gray defeated John Gonzales & Aiden Pohl  7-6   6-4

J.V.  Winners:

Girls Doubles:  Anna Knoll & Mary Ruth Pridmore  defeated Leigha Verschelde & Brooke Perkins in a single set  6-3

Boys Singles:  Micah Davis defeated Blake Bell  6-1   6-4.





2016 PHS Dance Team

Congratulations to the 2016 Dance Team:

Layken Alber
Heidi Ashley -co-captain
Skylar Baldwin - co-captain
Isabella Clunan
Emma Cooley
Bailee Crider
Kylei Gipson
Sarah LeCompte
Paige Lee
Gabrielle Lewis
Grace Smith
Cameron Tyner
Logan Whipple -captain


2015-16 Poplarville Hornet Soccer Banquet

Coach Adam Smith and Coach Beth McShea would like to congratulate and recognize the following players for their award(s) received at the Soccer Banquet on Saturday night.


MVP- Mallory Nuccio

Offensive Player of the Year- Merisa Myrick

Defensive Player of the Year- Kaitlyn Barber

Academic- Mallory Nuccio

Hustle and Hard Work- Candi Spiers

Heart of the Hornet- Gracie Smith

Team Choice- Mallory Nuccio

Most Improved- Kaitlyn Barber

Coaches Award- Hannah McClendon

Junior Varsity Offensive Player of the Year- Chasity Dearman

Junior Varsity Defensive Player of the Year- Olivia Branum

First Team All-District 7-4A – Mallory Nuccio, Kaitlyn Barber, and Merisa Myrick

Second Team All-District 7-4A- Amber Smith, Gracie Smith, Candi Spiers, and Star Newson


MVP- Turan Smith

Offensive Player of the Year- Derrick Houston

Defensive Player of the Year- Jayden Shaw

Academic- Davis Hollingsworth

Hustle and Hard Work- Ben Barry

Heart of the Hornet- Dakota Penton

Team Choice- Nick Hines

Most Improved- Jayden Shaw

Coaches Award- Josh Davis

Junior Varsity MVP- Bradley Stines

Junior Varsity Most Improved- Chris Hughes

First Team All-District 7-4A- Turan Smith and Jayden Shaw

Second Team All-District 7-4A- Derrick Houston and Austin Carter


  • Support and Dedication Award was presented to Coach Chris Dewease

  • Hard work and dedication Award was presented to Mrs. Elana Shaw

Also would like to thank

  • First Baptist Church for allowing us to use their recreation center

  • Crossroad seafood grill for doing an excellent job on the crawfish

  • ReSteel for their contribution at the beginning of the season  

  • All parents for their contributions throughout the season and banquet  

Scholarship Opportunities

There are several scholarship opportunities for current seniors at PHS. Scholarship applications are in the guidance office, computer lab and CDC. 
Upcoming scholarship deadlines are listed below.
Alcorn 3.30
MS Assoc. of Superintendents 3.31
Pearl River County Board of Realtors 3.31
PRCC Navigator 4.1
Exxon Pine Belt Oil 4.4
BankPlus 4.4
PRCC Foundation Scholarship 4.4
MS Municipal League 5.6
PRCC Honors Institute Scholarship 5.16
PRCC Honors Program 6.3
Details on the blog:

Hornets vs. Maroon Tide Archery Meet

Poplarville and Picayune met once again at a heated archery competition this Monday. Both teams came to win for their respective schools but only one of these great teams could come out on the top. Last week Poplarville had fought with honor and integrity, but so did Picayune at their last competition yet the Hornet Nation could not topple the Maroon Tide. At Monday’s competition, Poplarville had revved up its spirit. Archers at Poplarville had practiced with Hornet ferocity, their skills had increased exponentially from last meeting Picayune. Now, could the Hornet Nation finally achieve the greatness that it knew it possessed? If only more of its team members had arrived. Those select archers that chose to stand against the Maroon Tide honored Poplarville by shooting with unparalleled skill. Archers such as Mike Strickland, Tyler Chisolm, Olivia Branum, and Megan Williams were inspirational with their use of the bow. Mike Strickland had even tied with Picayune’s William Lebeau for first place. Though the Hornets had notched, drawn, and fired with unbelievable precision and accuracy, they came up short against the Maroon Tide only because the Hornets had some missing Stingers. Both teams were quite the sight to observe, even the audience was in competitive spirit causing cheers and boos from both sides to their respective teams. At the end of the day, Poplarville and Picayune nodded heads, shook hands, and congratulated shooters for their sportsmanship at Monday’s competition.
Written by Brandon Bunales

PHS 16-17 Cheerleaders Announced

Congratulations to the Poplarville High School Cheerleaders for the 2016-2017!

Elizabeth Amacker

Holli Ard

Landry Bagley

Gabi Benefield

Mikaela Bilbo

Ashanti Bolton

Jacenta Davis

Tatum Davis

Ravyn Garrett

Tatum Gennin

Macey Head

Payton Hartfield

Sadie Hubbard

Tori Lambert

Austin Mayfield

Faith Necaise

Takyla Parker

Harper Pearson

Sean Rains

Karlee Rodriguez

Madysen Sheppard

Harlee Stuart