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


Tanner Miley competed at the Region 1 Science Fair held last Friday on the campus of USM. He placed first in the Earth and Environmental Division with his project on oil spill cleanup applications. He was also awarded two special judges’ awards: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s “Pulse of the Planet” award and the U.S. Stockholm Jr. Water Prize award. Tanner will go on to compete at the State Science Fair to be held at Ole Miss in April.





Who’s who 2016 Results









Mr. & Mrs. PHS

Nick Hines & Devynn Hart


Most beautiful & Most handsome

Alon Travis & Derrick Houston


Beauties Beaus

Devin cazeaux Ethan Glasscock

caylen Beall Eli Saucier

Savannah Rivero Richard Patton

Merisa Myrick Parker Wells

Holli Ard Kyle Tynes

Seana Rains Tyson Holston


Class Favorites

12- Truett Marshall & Ariel Dunn

11- Joelle Knezevich & Dawson Brown

10- Landry Bagley & Montrell Turner

09 - Zakia Jordan & Mario Barnes


Most Likely to Succeed

12- Dalton Spiers & Victoria McMurray

11- Kaitlyn Barber & Dylan Rosenbaum

10- Elizabeth Burge & Zack Couvillion

09- Olivia Branum & Logan Santiago


Most School Spirit

12- Marc Ducote & Courtnee Strain

11- Takyla Parker & Kolby Havard

10- Skylar Baldwin & Alan Holliday

09- Janna Dutsch & Ross Barnett


Most Athletic

12- Tyler Fricke & Mallory Nuccio

11- Zanaisha Turner & Jesse Pernell

10- Megan McGill & Austin Bolton

09-Rakeya Travis & Antonio Barnes


Houston Signs with Southwest

Derrick Houston signed to play Junior College Soccer with Southwest Community College. Derrick was a two year Letterman and lead the team in goals scored his senior season.  Derrick’s hard work, strong work ethic and commitment to improve attributed to his success on the pitch, "Coach Smith added.  Zack Mills (Southwest CC Head Boys Soccer) says "He is pleased to have someone like Derrick on the team. He will bring good size, strength, and athleticism to the program to go along with his skill set.  He will be a great addition and fill some holes we were looking to fill with his signing."

Pictured: Standing- Adam Smith (Head Boys Soccer Coach), Jonathan Ray (Athletic Director)

Sitting- Tera Houston (Mother), Derrick Houston, Matt Houston (Father)

Hornets Win Thriller in First Round

The Poplarville Hornets took a 43-40 decision in dramatic fashion in their First Round matchup at Bay High Wednesday night.  The Hornets trailed the Bay 19-18 at halftime and struggled early in the second half before doubling the Tigers up in the final period.  It was a fantastic, hard fought team effort that came down to the final minute.  


With 2.45 seconds remaining senior Craig Barnes was called for a questionable foul sending the Tigers to the free throw line to shoot two free throws.  The first free throw hit the back of the iron and bounced out.


The second free throw almost looked identical as the Bay High player missed his second free throw.  What would happen next is sure to go down as one of the most improbable and amazing shots in school playoff history.  The rebound was quickly grabbed and the ball moved forward to senior Zack Taylor.  Taylor dribbled to half court and fired up a prayer as the buzzer sounded.  The prayer was answered for Taylor and his teammates as they stood in shock as the ball darted through the hoop.  


As you can imagine there was a lot of celebrating, high fives and hugs in the bleachers and on the court.  

With the win, the Hornets have accomplished two milestones that haven't been touched by a Poplarville team on the court in a long time.  The Poplarville Hornet basketball team has now tallied 20 wins and will compete in a second round playoff for the first time in at least a decade.

Poplarville will travel to McComb on Saturday to tangle with the Tigers!!  Tip off is set for 7:00 p.m.





Tennis News

The PHS tennis team has a new head coach, Kim Myers. Coach Meyers served many years as assistant coach under former coach, Lynn Anderson, who retired from coaching at the end of last season.

Coach Myers has been busy practicing with the team for the upcoming season which begins on February 26 in the Stone County Classic.  Best of luck to the tennis team!





Blossman Commits to PRCC

Wednesday, February 3 Senior Sye Blossman signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at the next level.

Sye committed to play football for the Pearl River Community College Wildcats in Poplarville, Mississippi this fall.  Sye is the son of Eddie & Leah Blossman and Kim & Terry Carver.

Sye has played for the Hornet Football Team for 6 years.  He started on offense as wingback for two of those years.  He was selected for the District 7-4A First Team All District Team.

Sye finished his senior year at Poplarville with 49 attempts., 357 yards (average of 7.3), and 2 TouchDowns.

Pictured left to right: Standing: Coach Beech.  Sitting: Terry and Kim Carver, Sye, Eddie and Leah Blossman.

PHS Powerlifting Team are Regional Champions

Congratulations to the PHS Powerlifting Team.  They took home the Region Championship Saturday, February 13 at Moss Point.  Every lifter scored points in their weight class.


114- Nathan Galaske 1st Place

123- Kobe Taylor 1st Place

132- Turan Smith 1st Place

148- Chris Fowler 2nd Place

165- Ahmad Bolton 4th Place ; Hunter Callahan 5th Place

181- Austin Arceneaux 2nd Place; Tristan Nichols 3rd Place

220- Jesse Pernell 1st Place

242- Jamerrick Waller 5th Place
275- Chad Hart- 4th Place

Heavyweight- Josh Spiers 4th Place

Hornets will travel to South Pike, March 6, for the South State Championship

PHS Cheer Squad Tryouts

Tryouts for Poplarville High School Cheer Squad will be Saturday, March 5, 2016.  Parents/Guardians of interested candidates are required to attend a MANDATORY meeting on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at 6 pm in the PHS Library.  Contact Keri Smith at (601) 795-8424 for more information.

Counselor Blog for Scholarship Opportunities

PHS Scholarship applications are in the guidance office, the career center and in the CDC! The counselor blog has more details for all scholarships that are currently available. Below is a list of upcoming scholarship deadlines with links to the blog for details. The blog can also be accessed through the school website by clicking on the guidance link.

PHS will host a FAFSA Day on March 2nd. Counselors from the Get2College Center in Ocean Springs will be here to assist parents and students in completing the application for federal aid and for state aid. Through completion of the FAFSA, students will find out if they qualify to receive any Pell Grant money. Additionally, completion of the FAFSA is required by most colleges before a student can receive institutional aid. Mrs. Tammy Ladner is the contact person to sign up for an appointment. Parents should contact her to sign up for a time. Appointments will be available between 8:30 and 3:30. The Get2College Center is a non for profit organization that assists Mississippi families in planning and paying for college. All of their services are free. The center in Ocean Springs offers individual appointments, ACT prep and more.
Poplarville Womens Club - Deadline 2.25

Regions Black History Month Scholarship - Deadline 2.25
Organ Donor - Deadline 2.26
PRCC Ted J. Alexander Leadership Program Scholarship - Deadline 2.27
Les Belles Fluers  - Deadline 2.28
Buick Scholarship - Deadline 2.29
Mississippi Association of Supervisors Scholarship - Deadline 3.1
To see all items posted on the blog, follow the link below. There are posts for leadership programs and information for students in grades 9-11 as well.  

McMurray Named STAR Student for the 2015-2016 School Year

Victoria McMurray has been named as a STAR (Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student for the 2015-2016 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) M. B. Swayze Foundation, sponsor of the STAR program. Victoria is the daughter of Harvey and Joy McMurray.

The Poplarville High School senior will be honored during the annual Education Celebration in April at the Jackson Convention Center in downtown Jackson.

Star Students are selected on the basis of academic excellence.  Both American College Test scores and scholastic averages are compared to determine the school’s STAR student.  The STAR program encourages and promotes academic achievement among Mississippi’s high school seniors.  

Each STAR student is asked to designate a STAR Teacher, the teacher who has made the greatest contribution to the student’s scholastic achievement.  Victoria designated Mrs.Erin Breland as the STAR Teacher.

Hornets Looking to Finish the Regular Season Strong

Right now the Lady Hornets are tied in 1st Place in District Play.  Lady Hornets are being led by Mallory Smith, Zanaisha and Jasmine Merrill.

The boys team is looking to finish the regular season strong.  Currently 16-7 overall with a 6-1 record in district.  The Hornets will finish the season with two road games before the district tournament.  Times for the district tournament will be announced soon.  The team desperately needs the Hornet Nation Support.  The team can’t do it without you.

Hornets will play a district game at Columbia Friday, February 5.  J.V. Boys @ 5.  Varsity Girls @ 6. Varsity Boys @ 7:30.

Last district game before the district tournament will be Tuesday, February 9 at Greene County.

District Tournament will be at Purvis High School February 15-19th.

Fricke Commits to PRCC

Wednesday, February 3 Senior Tyler Fricke signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at the next level.

Tyler committed to play football for the Pearl River Community College Wildcats in Poplarville, Mississippi this fall.  Tyler is the son of Candi and Leo Fricke of Poplarville.

Tyler, a 2 year starter, has played offense and defense for the Poplarville Hornet Football Team.  He was selected for the District 7-4A All District MVP team for the 2015 season.  Tyler was the recipient of Poplarville High School’s Most Valuable Defensive Player and the 2015 Ironman Awards.

Tyler finished his senior year at Poplarville with 110 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, and 5 sacks.

Pictured left to right: Standing: Coach Owen, Coach Beech, Coach Story and Coach Dewease.  Sitting: Candi, Tyler and Leo Fricke.

Strain Signs With PRCC

On Friday, January 22, 2016, Senior Courtnee Strain signed a national letter of intent to play softball for Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, MS.  Courtnee is the daughter of Brad and Deanna Strain.

Courtnee has played centerfield for the Lady Hornets Softball Team for the past 6 years  under the direction of Coach Ray, Coach Ross and Coach Jackson.

Also Pictured; Coaches Jonathan Ray and Drue Ross, Parents Brad and Deanna Strain , Grandmother Lynn and Sisters Caitlin and Callie Strain.







Poplarville Girls’ Soccer Clinch a Playoff Spot

This past week was a big week for Lady Hornet soccer.  On Tuesday, January 12th the Lady Hornets faced Greene County in a big district match. Sophomore Amber Smith was able to find the back of the net early in the first half to give the lady Hornets a 1-0 lead. Kaitlyn Barber stood strong in the net for the lady Hornets with 25 saves.  The traveling Greene County wildcats applied pressure all night but with saves from goalkeeper Kaitlyn Barber and a good defensive stand the Lady Hornets were able to keep the Wildcats from scoring. The lady Hornets won 1-0 to give themselves a share of 1st in the district.  Coach Smith adds, “Tonight was a big win for the girls. Greene County is always one of the better teams in the south in girls’ soccer and they have been playing together for a while. I was proud of how the girls never gave up.  As their coach, I could tell they really wanted to win this game and prove to themselves we are a good team this year and deserve to be in the position we are in right now.”


On Friday, January 15th the Lady Hornets were able to clinch a playoff spot with a 1-0 win vs East Central in double overtime. Once again, Senior Mallory Nuccio was able to have a game winning goal with less than 5 minutes to play. Coach Smith adds,  “Tonight I could tell our girls were tired and emotionally drained from Tuesday’s win. East Central also played very well and used their larger field to their advantage. But, as the girls have been doing of late we found a way to come away with a Win.”


The Lady Hornets are now 15-3-1 overall and 6-1 in district. They will play Forrest County Friday, January 22nd @ 530.






Poplarville Soccer Looking to Finish Strong

Poplarville soccer is now into the second half of their season. Both teams are looking to finish strong and earn a spot in the 4A state playoffs. The Lady Hornet soccer team has a record of 13-3-1 overall with a 4-1 district record. Lady Hornets are led by senior Mallory Nuccio. Mallory is leading the team in goals scored (18) and assist (7). She also is currently 5th in the state in goals scored in 4A. Merisa Myrick (Junior) is currently second on the team in goals scored (17) and sits at 6th in the state in goals scored in 4A. Holding the opposition from scoring this season is Kaitlyn Barber (Junior). Kaitlyn Leads the state in 4A with 98 saves. She is also second in 4A with a 1.3 goals against average. The Lady Hornets have scored 64 goals on the year and have had 17 goals scored against them.  They have 4 games remaining on the schedule with 3 of those being district contests.

On the boys side, the hornets have a team record of 10-3-2 overall and 2-1 in district play. They are led by Senior and Southwest Community College signee Derrick Houston who has 10 goals on the season. Derrick is currently 8th in 4A in goals scored. Coach Smith also is excited that some injured players are getting healthy. “Ethan McIntyre (Junior) coming back has helped us out a good bit. He is a very good player for us and we benefit from having him back in the lineup.” Austin Carter (Junior) is 2nd in 4A with 0.6 goals against average and is 5th in 4A with 89 saves. The Hornets have scored 34 goals this season and have allowed 11 goals against them.  They also have 4 games remaining on the schedule with 3 of those being district contests.

Both teams will play Greene County at home Tuesday, January 12th with game times starting at 5:30.  They will then travel to East Central Friday January 15th.

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2016 Prom Set For April 30

PHS Prom is April 30, 2016, from 8:00 p.m.- Midnight, at the National Guard Armory in Poplarville, MS. Students can begin registering Monday, January 11, 2016. Registration packets can be picked up in the High School office or the computer lab. This years Theme is "A Night in Disguise" Masquerade Ball. For more information contact Tammy Ladner.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 601-795-8424 ex. 5109.


PHS is having a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) Day March 2, 2016. Parents can call/email to set up a time to come in and get assistance with filling out the FASFA for their student. Appointments will be made in 30 minute increments and will begin at 9 am with the last appointment time at 3:30. For more information e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 601-795-7185 ex. 5109

PHS Teacher of the Year

Mrs. Laura Baird, 9th grade English teacher, was selected by her colleagues at Poplarville High School as Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016.

Mrs. Baird, from Hattiesburg, has 23 years of teaching experience.  She has been teaching English at Poplarville High School for the past 20 years.

Thank you for your hard work and dedication.





All District Selections for PHS Football

District 7-4A All District Selections are nominated and voted on by the coaches.  

All MVP team: Jesse Pernell, Austin Bolton, Austin Arceneaux, Julian Dotson, Jamerrick Waller, Tyler Fricke and Camden Ray.  Chad Hart was chosen for All District Defense MVP.

First Team All District Team: Turan Smith, Tristen Nichols, Aritaeus Johnson and Sye Blossman.

Honorable Mention: Shannon Nelson, Peyton Graham, Malik Gilmore, Taylor Wells, Neil Hickman and Trey Griffen.


PHS Soccer Shutting Down Rivals

Poplarville High School Boys Soccer Team faced their rivals, the Pearl River County Blue Devils, Friday, December 4th in Carriere.  The Hornets came out on top when Ethan Glasscock made a penalty kick to bring the final score to 1-0.  This would be the Hornets third win over the PRC Devils out of the four matchups this season.  So far this season, the Hornets record stands at 7-2-(1 tie).  They have scored 24 goals and have only had 5 goals scored against them. Austin Carter has 6 shutouts and 49 saves.  Derrick Houston leads the team with 7 goals.  The Hornets start district Friday, December 11th against Green County.

Poplarville High School Girls Soccer Team were also victorious over the PRC Blue Devils with a score of 2-1.  So far this season, the girls stand at 7-2-(1 tie).  They have scored 28 goals and have had 12 goals scored against them.  Kaitlyn Barber has 3 shutouts and 63 saves.  Merissa Myrick and Mallory Nuccio lead the team with 8 goals each.  The girls also start district Friday, December 11th at Green County.

The season is going good so far, both teams are working extremely hard.  The girls are looking to improve and give themselves a chance in district play and working towards a playoff game.  The boys are battling through some difficult times after losing some key team members for a period of time. Nick Hines and Ethan Mcintyre are out with injuries.  Both teams are competing and working hard to get back into the playoffs after last years success.