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

Uniforms for Cash. Seniors Only

Bring your clean school uniforms to the high school office to be entered in a drawing for a cash scholarship.  The number of items that you bring is the number of times that your name will be entered. The deadline to turn in uniforms is Tuesday morning at graduation practice. This is for graduating seniors ONLY.

Teacher Appreciation Week Thanks

The first week of May is nationally celebrated as Teacher Appreciation Week. Local businesses and organizations generously participated in this week honoring the teachers at Poplarville High School.  In all, twenty-seven businesses donated fifty-one gifts that were given to the teachers through a random drawing. Because of this support, every teacher at the high school received a gift.  The administration and the teachers at the high school would like to thank the following businesses for their gracious support and encourages the community to visit these local businesses.

  • Stonewalls Restaurant

  • Fabulous You Boutique

  • The Other Side

  • Angles Trumpet Florist

  • Sargent’s Farm and Garden

  • Pearl River Drug Store

  • Way Out West Grill

  • Boone’s Pharmacy

  • Pizza Hut

  • Coast Electric

  • Clyde’s NAPA Store

  • Red Gravy Restaurant

  • Parish Tractor

  • Tropical Body Bliss

  • O’Reilly’s Auto Parts

  • Poplarville Floral

  • AutoZone Auto Parts

  • Doodlebugs Florist

  • Mossy of Picayune

  • Way out West Gift Shop

  • Scooter’s

  • The Coffee Shop

  • Deb’s Pizza

  • Knight’s Ace Hardware

  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company

  • Apple’s Limited


Laurie Morrow and Keri Smith




Submit Pictures for the Yearbook

Teachers, Students and parents can submit pictures for the yearbook until May 24th.  We will accept pictures from sporting events, school events or any school related activity.  We will take pictures through email, a jump drive or a paper copy. They will be scanned/saved and given back to you.  Email pictures to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Poplarville High School Band Receives Top Scores

On Wednesday, March 26th, the Poplarville High School Band traveled to Pearl High School in Pearl, MS to participate in the MSHAA Concert and Sight Reading Evaluation. The band prepared a program of three works that included a warm up piece, a selected piece, and a required piece. After weeks of preparation, they played the music for a panel of three judges. After the concert portion, the band went to another room at the evaluation where they had a piece of music they had never seen before and were allowed 7 minutes to discuss before playing the piece for another panel of three judges.
Ratings for the evaluation range from a 4 (or “Fair”), which is the lowest rating to a 1 (or “superior”), which is the highest rating. Poplarville High School Band received a rating of 1 from all six judges.
Under the guidance of current band director, Josh Tidwell, the Green Machine has grown from 36 members to 73 members in a span of four years. Including the dance team, the marching band marches about 90 - 95 members. The Middle School program has grown from 62 members to around 100 in the same time frame.
As the school year winds down, the members of the band will be reviewing music in preparation of next year’s half time show. The students will also be getting ready to participate in summer fundraisers and camps.

Fish Fighters in Seattle

The Fish Fighters arrived in Seattle Wednesday night for the NOSB, National Ocean  Sciences Bowl, national competition. Twelve hours of travel, 6 hours in the air from the east coast to the west coast, but the team is excited. Immediately upon arrival, the team contacted a former member, Kaelyn Trapp, who was on last year’s team and traveled to Milwaukee for nationals. Kaelyn took the team on a midnight tour or her university, The University of Washington. The photo shows Kaelyn along with current members Ben Jones, Kaitlyn Barber, Rob Merrell, Stephen Mitchell and Austin Stampley. Captain of the team Stephen Mitchell is riding UW’s mascot, the Huskie.

Kaitlyn Barber Receives National Honor

Atlanta, GA - April 1, 2014 - The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) today announced Poplarville High School student Kaitlyn Barber from Poplarville, MS, has been selected to become a member of the esteemed organization. The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship, and community commitment. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, a senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.

“On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice, and commitment that Kaitlyn has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic excellence,” said Mr. Nobel. “Kaitlyn is now a member of a unique community of scholars - a community that represents our very best hope for the future.”

“our vision is to build a dynamic international organization that connects members with meaningful content, resources, and opportunities,” stated NSHSS President James W. Lewis. “We aim to help students like Kaitlyn build on their academic successes and enhance the skills and desires to have a positive impact on the global community.”

Membership in NSHSS entitles qualified students to enjoy a wide variety of benefits, including scholarship opportunities, academic competitions, free events, member-only resources, publications, participation in programs offered by educational partners, personalized recognition items, and publicity honors.

Formed in 2002, The National Society of High School Scholars recognizes academic excellence at the high school level and encourages members of the organization to apply theri unique talents, vision, and potential for the betterment of themselves and the world. Currently there are more than 950,000 Society members in over 160 countries. NSHSS provides scholarship opportunities for deserving young people.

For more information about NSHSS, visit

Poplarville's Got Talent. CHANGE OF LOCATION

Poplarville's Got Talent - talent show is being sponsored by the PHS Choir. It is for grades 3-12 and will entail an audition for judges on Friday, April 25 at 6 pm at the PHS cafeteria. Any act passed by the judges will perform on Saturday, April 26 at 6 pm for an audience who will vote on the winner in each age catagory 3-5, 6-8, 9-12. The entry fee for each talent is $10 and there will be a $2 fee charged at the door on April 26. Each vote will cost .50 per vote.

Any questions can be sent to or 601-795-8424

PHS Fish Fighters T-shirts For Sale

Six times in the history of the Hurricane Bowl the Poplarville High School National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) team, the Fish Fighters, have won the competition, defeating teams from Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, and Mississippi. Each of the six times Poplarville won, students earned the right to represent the Hurricane Bowl at the national competition.

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. This year the Fish Fighters will travel to nationals in Seattle, WA. While the NOSB pays the primary expenses for the team to travel, additional expenses and the expense for members of the Fish Fighter’s B Team must be borne by the team. To this end, we would like to ask Hornets and non-Hornets alike to help the team and get the most stylish fashion item of 2014, a Fish Fighter’s T-shirt.

T-shirts are $15 for most sizes, $18 for XX Large and larger. Your generous contribution will help the team offset some of the expenses of the trip and will get you a stylish t-shirt to boot. For more information, email Mel Hall, the coach, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact him at PHS, (601) 795-8424. Order deadline is Friday April 11th.

An order form is available by clicking here.


Tennis Update 04-02

Warmer temperatures brought a plethora of victories for the PHS tennis team.  Winning for the Hornets against Lumberton were Kaitlyn Barber, Samuel Bond, Marissa Baker, Alex Kemp, Caleb Davis, Ethan Spiers, Caleb Jones, and Zachary Couvillion.  Marissa and Alex continued their winning ways in a match against county rival, Picayune.  The team will next square off against East Central.

Tennis Update 03-26

The tennis season is in full swing with many matches being played before the district championships on April 8. The Hornets had a good outing against Stone County. Kaitlyn Barber and Samuel Bond both won their singles matches. The mixed doubles team of Marissa Baker and Alex Kemp also racked up another win. Ryan Schubert and Zachary Couvillion were also in the winning column. Caleb Jones won handily in a match against Bay High. Marissa and Alex won their match against Vancleave. They are currently ranked second in the district.

Tennis Update

Another cold night didn’t stop the PHS tennis team from having another good outing in a district match against Moss Point. Winning for the Hornets were the mixed doubles team of Marissa Baker and Alex Kemp. Marissa and Alex made many winning shots down the middle of the court to outmatch their opponents. Also, on the winning side were Caleb Davis and Ethan Spiers. Caleb and Ethan came on strong after falling behind early in the match.  Penelope Nix and Sarah Coleman also pulled off a win. The girls worked together as a team to win in a close match.

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.