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

PHS Band Receives Superior Ratings

The Poplarville High School Band received Superior ratings in Concert and in Sight Reading on April 3, 2017 at the MHSAA/MBA State Concert and Sight Reading Evaluation at Oak Grove High School. Including its successful fall season, the band has rated Superior in Marching, Concert, and Sight Reading along with making its first ever appearance in the MHSAA/MBA Marching Band Championships at Clinton High School.

PHS Senior to USM Freshmen

The University of Southern Mississippi was at Poplarville High School on Tuesday, April 4th to recognize students who have been admitted to the Freshman Class of 2017. There are 13 PHS seniors who have been admitted and received SMTTT (Southern Miss To The Top) shirts to celebrate their admittance.

Johnson, Hart, Pernell and Waller Committ to Play Football at the Next Level

On Wednesday, February 1st four members of the record setting 2016 PHS Football team sign national letters of intent to play football at the next level.  Aritaeus Johnson, Chad Hart, Jesse Pernell and Jammerick Waller helped lead the 2016 Football team to a District Champion Title, a South State Champion Title and a trip to the Class 4A State Championship for the first time in school history.

In order from left to right in the photograph.

Senior cornerback Aritaeus Johnson Jr., the son of Yolanda Moon and Aritaeus Johnson Sr., signed a national letter of intent to play football at Copiah-Lincoln Community College (Colin) in Wesson, MS under the direction of Coach Glenn Davis.

Aritaeus, known by his teammates as Frisky or 2 Swavy, leaves Poplarville after playing football for six years with an impressive resume.  He led the state in 2016 with 9 interceptions.  He was the recipient of the Hornet Defensive Back Award.

He was selected for the:

  • 2016 All District MVP Team-Defensive Back

  • 4A All State Defensive First Team

  • All USA MS Football Team

  • All-South MS Standouts

  • Second Team ALL USA

Senior defensive tackle Chad Hart, the son of Lanora Hart and Chadwick McGee, signed a national letter of intent to play football at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, MS under the direction of Coach David Saunders.

Chad, known by his teammates as Big Nasty, leaves Poplarville after playing football for the past 6 years with a stunning record.  He had a career total of 140 tackles and 9 sacks.  In 2016, Chad recorded 83 total tackles and 6 sacks.  He was the recipient of the Hornets Most Valuable Defensive Player Award.

He was selected for the:

  • 2016 All-District MVP Team- Defensive Lineman

  • Class 4A All-State Defense Second Team

Chad gives God all the glory and stand by the scripture, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” -Philippians 4:13

Senior fullback Jesse Pernell, the son of Cynthia Pernell, signed a national letter of intent to play football at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, MS under the direction Coach David Saunders.

Jesse, known by his teammates as The Train, leaves Poplarville after playing football for the past 6 years with an admirable legacy.  Jesse finishes his high school career ranked #1 in Poplarville school history in rushing attempts (599), and rushing yards (4,264).  He finished with a total of 51 touchdowns.

Jesse’s 2016 senior year was also his career high with 220 attempts; 1,830 yards; 27 touchdowns; 215 carries; and 3 catches for 82 yards.  He was the recipient of the Hornet’s Most Valuable Offensive Player Award and the 2016 Ironman Award with a new school record of 232 points.

He was selected for the:

  • 2016 All District MVP Team

  • 2016 All District Overall MVP

  • 4A All-State Offense First Team

  • All-South MS Standout

Senior defensive end Jamerrick Waller, the son of Neki Kinney and grandson of Kary Waller, signed a national letter of intent to play football at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, MS under the direction of Coach David Saunders.

Jamerrick, known by his teammates as The Smash, leaves Poplarville after playing football for the past 6 years with an outstanding achievement.  He had a career total of 155 tackles, 25 sacks, 8 forced fumbles, 7 fumble recoveries and 1 touchdown.  In 2016, Jamerrick recorded 58 total tackles, 35 solo tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery.  He was the recipient of the Hornets Defensive Lineman Award and the 2016 Weight Champion with a total of 1,045 pounds, 240 bench, 525 squat, and 280 clean.

He was selected for the:

  • 2016 All District MVP Team- Defensive lineman

  • Class 4A All-State Defense Second Team

2 Powerlifting Finalists Advance to the State Championship

The PHS Powerlifting Team’s 7 finalists of the 2017 Regional Powerlifting Meet competed in the South State Championship on Saturday, March 18th at South Pike High School.  Two finalists from Poplarville earned a spot in the Class 4A Powerlifting State Championship which will be Thursday, April 13th and Friday, April 14th in Jackson, Mississippi.

Turan Smith, a 131.4 pound senior, came in 2nd place in his weight class 132.

Roosevelt Raine, a 206.4 junior, came in 3rd place in his weight class 220.

Turan and Roosevelt are 2 out of 6 boys in the state that are competing in each weight class.  We are extremely proud of you both!  Good luck this week!

The PHS Powerlifting Team is coached by Coach Jacob Owen.


PHS Choir Receives Superior Ratings

The PHS Choir participated in the William Carey University Music Performance Assessment on April 4th, 2017. The choir received superior ratings in the on stage performance as well as a 97 out if 100 score in sight singing.

Class of 2017 Senior Breakfast

The Class of 2017 Senior Breakfast will be held in the PHS cafeteria at 8:00 a.m. the morning of graduation practice on Tuesday, May 16th.

To help make this event successful and memorable, we are looking for parents to help with the food.  If any senior parent would like to cook or donate funds to purchase food, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or              601-795-8424, ext. 5205.   


Rustic Romance Prom 2017

The Rustic Romance Prom is Saturday, April 1st, 2017 at The Barn at Bridlewood.  Directions were given out in each gift bag.  If you need a copy of directions you can get one from the front office or the computer lab.  Tickets DO NOT permit entrance to prom, you must have previously registered.

Order of events from Prom night:

  • 8:00 p.m.- Doors Open

  • 9:30 p.m.- Senior Introductions/Walk Begins

  • 10:45 p.m.- Prom Court Announcement

  • 12:00 p.m.- Doors Close

***Coke products will be provided at prom


Carter receives Soccer Scholarship from Salem, West Virginia

On Friday, February 24th Austin Carter signed a National Letter of intent to play soccer at Salem International University in Salem, West Virginia.

Austin, the son of Wanda and Dale Carter, has played soccer at Poplarville for the past five years.  He is best known for his position at Goalkeeper.  Austin has also been a key player for the Poplarville Football Program.  

Throughout his career at Poplarville, Austin has set many records and established many achievements.  He was selected for the Max Preps Player of the Week Award twice and the First Team All District Award.  He was the recipient for the Poplarville Coach’s Award.

Statistics from his career at Poplarville: 3424 goalkeeper minutes, average of 1.3 goals against, average of 287 saves with 56 goals against, 19 shutouts, 5.5 saves per game, and 4 penalty kick saves.

Austin shares his excitement, “I want to thank all of my teachers, parents, friends and family for getting me to this moment.”

We are extremely proud of Austin and wish him the best of luck as he begins this next journey in his life.  Go Tigers!!




PHS Student Council attends MSASC Conference

On Saturday, April 25, the PHS Student Council attended the Mississippi State Association of Student Councils Conference at St. Patrick High School in Biloxi for the first time in school history. They had the opportunity to hear two world-renowned speakers on student leadership, Phil Gugliuzza and De’Marco Formby. During the conference the students also networked with peers from around the state in roundtable discussions on topics dealing with student council and participated in a service project for the Gulf Coast Humane Society. Members also enjoyed getting to compete in different competitions. Tatum Davis represented the Student Council in the speech competition on the topic, “Hitting a Homerun with Leadership” and did an outstanding job! Richard Patton and Paige Lee gave a campaign speech that got Poplarville High School elected as the State Student Council Secretary. Kayla Hughes was awarded Honorable Mention for Most Outstanding Student Council Member, and Dylan Dunaway was awarded Honorable Mention for Most Outstanding Student Council President. The students came away with lots of valuable ideas and contacts that they hope to utilize next year. They are excited about attending next year’s State Conference in Oxford and possibly attending the Southern Regional Conference in Orlando.


2017 Dance Team Announced

Congratulations to the 2017 Dance Team! Elizabeth Arbor, Skylar Baldwin, Alexa Boothe, Isabella Clunan, Bailee Crider, Kylei Gipson, Sarah LeCompte, Paige Lee, Gabrielle Lewis, Grace Smith, Cameron Tyner, Sophie Williams.

Student Council Assists with SPCA

The Poplarville High School Student Council visited Pearl River County SPCA Saturday, March 4, 2017.  The students toured the sheltered and volunteered to help play with the dogs and cats, wash food, water bowls, and pet carriers.  The Poplarville Student Council Members are shown pictured with the girls from the Picayune 4-H Blazin’ Saddles Club, both clubs volunteered Saturday to help the shelter cats and dogs.  Pictured from left to right:  Richard P., Zakia J., Gracie S., Paige L., Triston L. and Aislynn A.

2017 Poplarville High School Cheerleaders Announce

Congratulations to the 2017 Poplarville High School Cheerleaders!


Katherine Adcox

Holli Ard

Lana Bagley

Landry Bagley

Gabrielle Benefield

Ashanti Bolton

Cassidy Cartwright

Jacenta Davis

Tatum Davis

Ravyn Garrett

Tatum Gennin

Macey Head

Sadie Hubbard

Kayla Jordan

Austin Mayfield

Faith Necaise

Mackenzie Owen

Harper Pearson

Janna Peterson

Seana Rains

Karlee Rodriguez

Madysen Sheppard

Reminder:  First Meeting -Monday, March 6, 2017 5 pm PHS Library

Barber Accepted to Honors College at MSU

Kaitlyn Barber has recently been accepted to the Shackouls Honors College at Mississippi State University.  Students are admitted based on several criteria: high school GPA, class rank, standardized test scores, a record of academic and extracurricular involvement as shown on the MSU online scholarship resume, and an application essay. The typical Honors College freshman achieved approximately a 30 ACT composite score and a 3.8 high school GPA.

Kaitlyn has also received, through the honors college, a study abroad scholarship.  The Honors College strongly encourages Mississippi State students to develop a global perspective through study abroad. Beyond the exposure to other peoples and other cultures, the Honors College also seeks to connect students to international universities and agencies of the highest caliber. The unique Shackouls Summer Study at the University of Oxford places honors students in the top Oxford colleges and gives them the true Oxford experience by having them taught by Oxford faculty in England.

She has also accepted the Freshman Academic Excellence Scholarship $20,000 from MSU as a result of her GPA and her outstanding high school academic record.  Kaitlyn also was awarded the Herb and Cheryl Frierson Endowed Scholarship for her freshman year.  She will also receive the Mississippi Eminent Scholarship due to her 30 on the ACT.

Kaitlyn will attend Mississippi State University in the fall of 2017 in Starkville.  She is majoring in Animal and Dairy Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with an emphasis in Pre-Veterinarian Studies.  She will also be in the Shackouls Honors College this fall and study abroad in the summer after her freshman year.  

Kaitlyn is a senior at Poplarville High School and a dual enrolled student at Pearl River Community College.  She is on PHS soccer team and tennis team.


PHS Choir Advances to State Contest

The Poplarville High School Choir competed in The District VIII Choir Contest on Friday, February 10th at the Brownstone Theatre on the Pearl River Community College Campus.
Congratulations to the PHS Choir for recieving 3 superior ratings and 1 excellent.  The Choir advances to the State Contest which will be held at Pearl High School sometime between March 7th and 9th.  The exact date is unknown at this time.

PHS Students Advancing to State Science Fair

Congratulations to the following students that competed at the Region I Science and Engineering Fair on Friday, February 17th at the University of Southern Mississippi.  They will all move on to the State Fair on April 6, 2017 at Mississippi State University.
Zachary Couvillion placed 2nd in Computer Science and Math
Paige Lee placed 1st in Medicine and Health
Mary Ruth Pridmore placed 1st in Botany
Logan Santiago placed 1st in Physics and Astronomy.

Boys Basketball plays for District Championship

We need a big crowd to come out and cheer on the PHS Boys Basketball Team tonight as they take on Columbia for the District Championship.  The game is at Forest County Agriculture High School and will begin at 8:30 p.m.
The 1st round of state playoffs will begin Tuesday, February 21st at the Hornet's Nest.  The game will begin at 7:00 p.m.  The Hornet's opponent will be determined after tonight.

PHS Prom Information

The Poplarville High School prom will be April 1, 2017 at The Barn at Bridlewood in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  The theme this year is "Rustic Romance".  The cost for prom is $50.00 per person.  All Juniors and Seniors and their date/guest must pay in order to attend.  For more information, contact Tammy Ladner at 601-795-8434 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  
View this website for pictures and more information about the location.

7 PHS Powerlifting Finalists Advance to the South State Championship

The Poplarville High School Powerlifting Team competed in the 2017 Regional Powerlifting Meet on Saturday, February 4th at Moss Point High School.  Poplarville scored 4th place overall.

The following students advanced to the South State Powerlifting Meet which will take place on Saturday, March 4th at South Pike High School:

1st Place: Turan Smith-132

2nd Place: Roosevelt Raine-220; Zac Rice-148; Nathan Galaske-114

3rd Place:  Jamerrick Waller- 275; Seth Johnson- 181; Cory Knight- 165

The PHS Powerlifting Team is led by Coach Jacob Owen.


Fantastic PHS Art 2 Student Value Drawings

In the first few weeks of the Spring semester our Art 2 students have accomplished great skill in value drawing. For this assignment students found an image in a magazine and learned how to enlarge it using the same diagonal method that has been used for hundreds of years. The students then went on to create a full value drawing of the image focusing on light and edges. 
 Ellen Herrington, Magazine Value Drawing
Issac Andrews, Magazine Value Drawing
Nicole Broom, Magazine Value Drawing

PHS Basketball Clinch 2 Victories

The Poplarville High School Student Section showed up and helped cheer both teams to victory on Tuesday, January 24th.  Varsity Girls and Varsity Boys faced Sumrall at home on Tuesday night.

The Girls came away with a close score of 48-46 over Sumrall.  Jasmine Merrill led the Lady Hornets with 14 points and 8 rebounds; followed by Zanaisha Turner with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Mallory Smith with 11 points and 6 rebounds.  Senior Kenya Tillman led the defense with 5 rebounds and 3 blocks.

The Boys secured their win by twenty points with a final score of 68-48.  Richard Patton was the leading scorer of the night with 17 points and 8 rebounds; followed by Tamiljah Merrill with 13 points and 5 rebounds, Caanan Ray with 14 points and Trey Griffin with 12 points and 6 rebounds.

The next game will be Friday, January 27th at Greene County.  Varsity Girls at 6. Varsity Boys at 7.