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 Tennis

The cold temperatures didn’t stop the PHS tennis team from heating up the courts in matches against Lumberton. Winning for the Hornets were Samuel Bond, Kaitlyn Barber, Marissa Baker, Alex Kemp, Dalton Spiers, Ryan Schubert, Caleb Davis, and Ethan Spiers. Phoebe Nix and Skylar Baldwin took their match to the wire before losing in a tiebreak.

PHS 2014 Hall of Fame

Each year seven students from Poplarville High School are selected for induction into the Student Hall of Fame. The selection is based on academic excellence, participation in campus and extracurricular activities, and citizenship. 

Samuel Shayne Bond


Samuel Shayne Bond is the 18 year old son of Shayne and Wendy Bond. He is also the brother of Aaron Bond and Lauren Sandifer. Samuel enjoys practicing martial arts and being a member of Olive Baptist’s youth group during his spare time.

Samuel is the Senior Vice President of the BETA Club, a varsity member of the Tennis Team, and a second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do. Samuel is an IHL completer.

Samuel plans to attend the University of Mississippi, where he will pursue a degree in an undecided major.

David Scott Davis II


David Scott Davis II is the son of David and Melissa Davis, and the brother of Ashleigh.

David has been a member of the marching band, Ocean Bowl, theatre, and Beta Club. He is a 3 year member of the Mississippi Lions All- State Band and has won an international championship in Hamburg in 2013. David has attended numerous band clinics, including Mississippi State and Ole Miss Honor bands. He was on the winning team at Regional Ocean Bowl competition in 2013 and traveled to nationals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

David has kept a 4.0 GPA and will graduate in the top 10 of his class as an IHL completer.

David plans to attend Mississippi State University where he will be majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in music.

Alex Kemp

Alex Kemp is the 18 year old son of Danny and Connie Kemp and the brother of Sara Kemp. Alex enjoys playing tennis and hanging out with friends in his spare time.

Alex has been a member of the varsity tennis team, representative of the Student Council, vice president of FBLA, president of TSA, historian of Beta Club, and a member of FFA. Alex was enrolled in the Computer Graphics and Technology program and is a CDC completer in addition to being an IHL completer. He is also the Valedictorian of the graduating class of 2014.

Alex plans to attend Mississippi State University, where he will major in Computer Engineering. Alex will live in Shackouls Honors College and become part of MSU’S prestigious co-op program.    

Hannah Kaitlyn Miller

Hannah Kaitlyn Miller is the 18 year old daughter of Russell and Konya Miller. Hannah has one brother, Reece Miller. Hannah enjoys working at Ramey’s and spending her leftover time with her friends and family. She is also a dual enrollment student at PRCC.

While attending PHS, Hannah has been a member of the Beta Club, serving as secretary, and the FFA. Hannah is a four year member of the Poplarville Band and Color Guard. She was elected co-captain her sophomore year and was captain her junior and senior years for the Color Guard.

Hannah plans to attend Pearl River Community College, where she will be majoring in nursing.

Stephen Patrick Mitchell
Stephen Patrick Mitchell is the 17 year old son of Timothy and Shelly Mitchell. He is the brother of Aaron, Benjamin, and Nathan Mitchell. He enjoys spending time with his family, especially his three brothers, and playing sports while being active. He has been a member of the Ocean Bowl Team since he was a freshman, and he has been captain of the team for two years. He has also been a member of the soccer team and basketball team for one year each. He has taken numerous AP and advanced classes, and he is an IHL completer. He plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi in the fall, where he will be majoring in Marine Science to become an oceanographer.

Bryant Bailey Purvis

Bryant Bailey Purvis is the 18 year old daughter of Shawn Betbeze and John Purvis, and the sister of Shelby Purvis. While attending Poplarville High School, Bailey has been a member of FFA, Cat Pack, and HOSA. She is currently serving as secretary of the Student Council and President of the Beta Club; having been inducted her freshmen year.

On the all A Honor Roll throughout her 4 years at PHS; Bailey has also received inductions into the National Technical Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars.

Bailey received the Mississippi Studies Award her freshmen year, and as a junior, was selected to represent PHS and the tri-county area as an Electric Power Association of MS Youth Leader where she traveled to Jackson and Washington D.C.

During her 3 years on the Varsity Cheer Squad, Bailey was selected as a member of the PHS Cheerleader Scholar Athlete Team and the Universal Cheerleader Association (UCA) All American Cheer Team. She is Co-Captain of the PHS Varsity Cheer Squad.

Bailey is a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and is actively involved with fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through HOSA. She is an IHL and CDC dual completer.

Bailey plans to attend MS Gulf Coast Community College and Ole’ Miss where, through her love of sports, she plans to major in either Sports Medicine or Sports Broadcasting.

Lorrie Cailin Warren

Lorrie Cailin Warren is the 18 year old daughter of Deborah Warren and the late Stanley Warren. She is also the sister of Kirsten Warren Worley and Jarrod Warren.  Lorrie enjoys dancing and hanging out with friends and family in her spare time.

Lorrie is a four-year member of the PHS Dance Team, and she served as captain for the past year. She has also been a member of the tennis team, Beta Club, and Student Council. Lorrie is enrolled in the Health Sciences program, and she is an IHL and a CDC completer.

Lorrie plans to attend Pearl River Community College for two years before transferring to Mississippi State University. Where she will be Majoring in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Pre-Medicine. She hopes to pursue a career as a pediatrician.

PHS Tennis Report

The tennis team had a rough outing against county rival Picayune.  Two matches were settled in a third set tiebreak. The mixed doubles team of Marissa Baker and Alex Kemp came on strong to force the tiebreak. Unfortunately, Picayune was able to squeak out an 11 – 9 win in the tiebreak.  It was the same story for the boys doubles team of Caleb Davis and Ethan Spiers. The boys came roaring back to force the tiebreak. They fell 10 – 6 in the tiebreak. On the winning side for the Hornets were Caleb Jones, Phoebe Nix, and Hannah Cail. Next up is Lumberton.

Regional Scholastics Art & Writing Winner

Each year, Scholastics holds its annual Art and Writing Awards, in which students grades 7-12 may submit their original art or writing pieces. Students first submit their work to their regional sponsor, and regional gold key pieces get submitted for nationals.
Mercedes Mayfield submitted her pieces for the 2014 regional competition at the Eudora Welty House, the sponsor over all of Mississippi, and earned an Honorable Mention for her memoir “Daddy Who?” and another Honorable Mention for her short story “Burnt Bacon” under the instruction of Lauren Owen. Mercedes and Mrs. Owen will be traveling to Jackson for the Regional Awards Ceremony on April 13 at the Eudora Welty House.
Congratulations to Mercedes for her writing accomplishments!

PHS Tennis

The tennis team played their first match of the season on March 10th against tennis powerhouse Pass Christian.  Returning players Samuel Bond, Marissa Baker, Alex Kemp, Dalton Spiers, Ryan Schubert, Phoebe Nix, Penelope Nix, Caleb Davis, and Caleb Jones represented PHS extremely well. Their leadership will come in handy with a host of players that are new to the team.   New players are Skylar Baldwin, Kaitlyn Barber, Hannah Cail, Sarah Coleman, Zachary Couvillion, Mary Ruth Pridmore, Sarah Recatto, Isabel Shapiro, and Ethan Spiers.  In the winning column for the Hornets were Kaitlyn Barber, Sarah Coleman, and Mary Ruth Pridmore.

PHS Fish Fighters WIN!

For the second time in a row, and the sixth time in the history of the competition, the Poplarville High School National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) team, the Fish Fighters, won the Hurricane Bowl. Poplarville won both divisions in the competition, held Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8 at USM’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs. Teams from Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, and Mississippi participated in this preliminary for the national competition to be held in Seattle, Washington this May.
As the winner of the Hurricane Bowl, the Poplarville A-team, along with second place Ocean Springs High School, will accompany scientists from the GCRL to survey the population of sharks in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, the A-team will be flown to Seattle to represent the Hurricane Bowl in the annual national competition. The PHS B-team’s prize is a trip to Alabama for a paleontological dig to explore and discover fossils of ancient organisms. The paleontology trip is being hosted by a fellow Ocean Bowl coach, Ashley Allen of Oneonta, AL, who is also president of the Alabama Paleontological Society.
The NOSB is one of the most prestigious academic competitions in the United States. Teams of students throughout the country compete in regional events to determine which teams will compete for national honors. The Poplarville team has been competing for over a decade and has won the Hurricane Bowl six times, representing the region in Charleston, SC; Stony Brooke, NY; St. Petersburg, FL; Galveston, TX; Milwaukee, WI; and soon in Seattle, WA.
Members of the winning team traveling to Seattle to represent the region are Captain Stephen Mitchell, Kaitlyn Barber, Ben Jones, Rob Merrell, and Austin Stampley. Team B is comprised of Captain Matthew Merrell, Andrew Howard, Daniel Knoll, Cheyenne Spear, and Logan Stines. The Fish Fighters also include five members who competed in the National Science Bowl earlier in the year. Those Fish Fighters are Captain Devynn Hart, Andrew Hodge, Clay Martin, Samantha Recatto, and Kaitlyn Stampley. 2014 marked the first time the Fish Fighters competed in the National Science Bowl, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and held at the University of New Orleans.
After twelve years of competing in academic quiz bowls, the close-knit PHS team has developed several traditions. One tradition, in particular, is highly anticipated by fellow competitors and competition officials alike. Even teams from throughout America look forward to seeing “what the Fish Fighters are this year”. Last year, the Fish Fighters appeared dressed as characters from Star Wars. In years past, they have come as Disney characters, rock stars, ninjas, the Village People, and many others. This year, the question was answered when in marched Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Toad, Donkey Kong, Princess Daisy, and the rest of the gang from the Mario Brothers video game.
The NOSB competition is a grueling day-long event comprised of ten matches, each lasting about 45 minutes. Our regional Hurricane Bowl begins its events on Friday with a guest lecturer. This year, Dr. Andrew Evans spoke to the students about Elasmobranchii, or sharks and rays. After the lecture, students settle into dorms until the next morning‘s first meeting, the “all-hands-on-deck” meeting. Perennial powerhouses Bay High, Long Beach, Pearl River Central, Oneonta,  and Ocean Springs, and many others, including several newcomers, battle it out in a succession of matches culminating with the final match held in the auditorium of the laboratory to a packed house of spectators.
Each year, the Hurricane Bowl and 24 other regional competitions are held across America from Alaska and Hawaii to Boston and Miami; even Denver, Colorado has a NOSB team. The winning team from each of the 25 regional competitions advances to the NOSB Finals Competition held in a different location each year.
The PHS team is no stranger to the NOSB Finals Competition, two members of this team alone has attended two previous national competitions, in Galveston and Milwaukee. In the past, the PHS team has been honored twice at nationals with the Admiral James D. Watkins Sportsmanship Award in Charleston and Stony Brooke. It wasn’t until last year, however, that the team earned a first for the Hurricane Bowl when they moved into the double elimination portion of the competition. Ultimately, the Fish Fighters were ousted by a team that went on to place in the contest. In a separate, but mandatory, portion of the competition, the Science Expert Briefing (SEB), the PHS team placed 14 out of the 25 teams competing in the Milwaukee competition.
PHS02102014b.jpgThis year’s veteran PHS team is composed of three seniors, a sophomore and a freshman, and each feel that they are up to the task in Seattle. The team’s goal for this year’s finals is to bring home a trophy. Former members of the team are asked to return each year and serve as assistant coach for the competition. Landon Tynes, member of the winning team that went to St. Petersburg, served as coach for the team this year.
The head coach for the Fish Fighters is PHS teacher Mel Hall, a thirteen-year member of the staff at PHS. Hall teaches the Oceanography class as well as Geology, Advanced Biology and Advanced Placement Biology. Serving as assistant coach was PHS Biology teacher Kim Jackson. Practice for the Fish Fighters is year-long, with up to three, two-hour practices each week increasing as the February to May competition dates approach. During the summer the group has explored the Gulf and assisted in scientific research at the GCRL, in addition to assignments to be completed before school begins in August. The students who will compete are selected in October, but any PHS student interested in oceanography and the related sciences are welcome to join and participate.


If your child attended cheer clinic last night and her CD did not work, more CDs have been burned and are now available in the HS and MS office. Apologies for the inconvenience. 

Cody Mikell Signs with PRCC

On Wednesday, February 5, 2014, Senior Cody Mikell signed to play football for Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, MS.  Cody is a 2 year starting Placekicker for the Poplarville Hornets.  Cody was selected for 1st team All District player in 2013.  He ended his season with 52 PATs, and 7 field goals.  His longest field goal was 36 yards.

Rojae Raine Signs with GCCC

On Wednesday, February 5, 2014, Senior Rojae Raine signed to play football for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, MS.  Rojae is a 3 year starting Wing Back for the Poplarville Hornets.  Rojae was selected for  1st team All District player in 2012 and 2013.  He ended his season with 2,208 total rushing yards, 32 total touchdowns, 514 total receiving yards and 6 total receiving touchdowns.  

Cheer Parent Meeting Rescheduled

ATTENTION PARENTS: For those who have signed up to try out for PHS Varsity Cheerleading, there will be a mandatory parent meeting on Thursday, February 6, 2014, at the high school in the 400 wing (room 408) beginning at 5:30pm. 
If a parent does not attend this meeting, the student will become ineligible to try out for the squad. The try out fee will not be refunded. Students are not required to come.
A family member or friend is welcome to fill in for any parent who cannot attend this meeting. Remember all cheer try out paperwork is due on Tuesday, February 11.

PHS Cheerleader Tryouts Scheduled

PHS Cheer Tryouts will be held Saturday, February 15th in the HS gym at 9:00am. Anyone interested in trying out needs to pick up paperwork from Mrs. Sarah Smith. The paperwork is due back to Mrs. Smith by Tuesday, February 11th. A mandatory try out clinic will be held on Thursday, February 13 in the HS gym from 5:30 to 7:30. There will also be a mandatory parent meeting at the HS in room 408 on Thursday, January 30 at 5:30.

Lady Hornets Attend Lady Eagles Game

On Saturday, January 13, 2014 the Poplarville High School Lady Hornet Basketball team attended a Lady Eagles game at USM. USM coach Ms. McNelis invited the girls to watch the game along with other youth teams from the area. USM pocketed a victory against UTSA with a final score of 70-57. After the game, the Lady Hornets got the chance to talk with some of the players, cheerleaders, and dance team members and take pictures.

Tennis Team Meeting

There will be a meeting after school on Tuesday, January 14th for all students in grades 9 – 12 that are interested in being on the tennis team. The meeting will take place in the high school library.

PHS Classes Learn About Solar Energy

Students in Mr. Broom’s Ag Concepts class and Mr. Hall’s Physical Science class learned about solar voltaic cell technology thanks to a former PHS student. Todd Jackson, a 1999 graduate of PHS, is an engineer at Stion, a Hattiesburg company that manufactures solar cells. Mr. Jackson has worked throughout the United States with General Electric and now Stion. Mr. Jackson addressed the classes about the benefits of solar cells and the processes used to manufacture solar cells.
The Stion plant in Hattiesburg is part of a national corporation that manufactures a new generation of solar voltaic cell that is both, less expensive to manufacture and more efficient. With the efficiency and reduced expense of manufacturing, solar voltaic cells have become a viable option for Americans to reduce their utility bills. Mr. Jackson estimated that it would require 10 years to pay off the investment of purchasing the product.
In addition, Mr. Jackson talked about engineering jobs available at the Hattiesburg plant and suggested students consider the two year associates degree in electronics from PRCC. Mr. Jackson also extoled the value of a 4 year degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State, his Alma mater, acknowledging that there are many other institutes of higher education that prepare students for interesting and well-paying jobs.  In departing, Mr. Jackson extended an invitation to the classes of Poplarville High to visit the Stion factory and learn more about engineering and solar cells.

PHS Student Council and Wounded Warrior

The Poplarville High school Student Council members have been working hard to raise money for The Wounded Warrior program and canned goods for a local food bank.  The Student Council was happy to be able to collect over 500 canned goods prior to Thanksgiving and raise $248.55 for the Wounded Warrior foundation on Veterans Day.  Thank you to everyone who helped make these efforts a success.  

Christmas Programs Scheduled

The Poplarville Band and Choir Programs will be presenting their annual Christmas Concert on Monday, December 16th at 6:30 PM. This year’s performance will be held at the new Brownstone Center for the Arts at Pearl River Community College. Admission will be $3.00 per person at the door.  Performing in the Brownstone, especially during it’s opening season, is a monumental occasion. We hope to see a lot of community support as we broaden the reach of our program.

"Reading is Always a Treat" Winner

Senior Taylor Brown has won the drawing in the PHS Library’s “Reading is Always a Treat” challenge.
For the challenge students checked out and read books from the library during October. To enter, students wrote a brief summary of each book read and submitted it to Mrs. Davis, PHS Librarian. For each summary submitted, the student received a “treat” and was entered into a drawing for $50.00. Taylor submitted seven summaries.
Mrs. Davis said there was not as much participation as she would have liked, but hopes that this challenge will spur more interest for another semester.

Holiday Choral Spectacular

Please join Poplarville High School in a: HOLIDAY CHORAL SPECTACULAR with the University of Southern Mississippi Chorale and Orchestra– conducted by Dr. Fuller and Dr. Dean. The concert will feature Poplarville High School choir along with other area choirs- Pascagoula, Stone county, FCAHS, and Sumrall High Schools. The concert will be held Tuesday, December 3rd and Thursday December  5th at 7:30 p.m. at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, MS (behind Krispie Kreme).
Tickets are $18 each with half of the proceeds going back to the PHS choir fund. Tickets can be purchased at the PHS office or from a choir member.

Graduate Excels in Navy

Since graduating from PHS in May 2013, Ashley Rosenbaum has already taken advantage of the opportunities presented to her after enlisting in the Navy. 
Upon the completion of Boot Camp, Ashley graduated # 2 out of 871 (male and female) recruits,  # 1 in her platoon of 80 (male and female), and received the 2nd highest Naval Award given to a recruit.  She also won an art contest in boot camp, and her winning flag was proudly flown on graduation day.
Ashley is currently attending school in Pensacola and will be joining the fleet shortly after Christmas.  For her “shore duty” she plans to aid in recruiting and mentoring because she believes this was one of the best opportunities given to her.

Congratulations to Ashley and best of luck in her future endeavors.