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

Poplarville Rodeo Team Dominates Poplarville

PHS Rodeo Team members continue to dominate week after week.  It was no different last weekend, November 4th and 5th, when PHS controlled the Poplarville Rodeo in Poplarville, MS.

Barrel Racing

8th Holli Ard

Breakaway Roping

1st Jasy Lee

2nd Brooke Ladner

7th Drew Howard

8th Dylan Traylor

Calf Roping

2nd Pacey McBride

4th Ross Barnett

6th Kason Davis

7th Chase Graves

Goat Tying

1st Brooke Ladner

5th Jasy Lee

Steer Wrestling

1st Ross Barnett

5th Chase Graves

6th Pacey McBride

Team Roping

1st Kason Davis & Bryce Graves

4th Chase Graves & Kash Miller


The Hornets will travel to Brookehaven, MS next weekend, November 11th and 12th, to compete in the II  Lazy J Rodeo.


PHS Students Attend College and Career Fair

PHS students from grades 9-12 attended The College and Career Fair on Tuesday, November 8th in the PHS Gym.  The fair was designed for all high school students in order for them to get a jump start on getting college information and getting a closer look at careers from some of our local business owners and professionals.  The students received brochures, handouts, etc. and were able to see some of the tools up close that the represented businesses use on a day to day basis.  Some of the colleges that were in attendance were: PRCC, MSU, MUW, USM, William Carey, Millsaps & The University of South Alabama. The local business or companies in attendance were: NASA, Bella’s Salon, Poplarville Fire Dept, Poplarville Police Dept and many more!  

PHS Seniors and Graduating Juniors will attend the PRCC Wildcat Fest on Friday, November 11th from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  


Hornets Dominate in 1st Round 63-21

The Poplarville Hornets were excited to get the post season rolling on Friday night at Hornet Field and it showed.  The Hornets used a solid Defensive effort and an Offensive outburst that accumulated over 500 yards and 63 points.  The Hornet Offense was led by Junior Austin Bolton who carried the ball 13 times for 121 yards and 2 TDs.  Senior Jesse Pernell put up another steady performance with 12 carries for 114 yards and 3 TDs.  Sophomore Antonio Barnes threw the ball 8 times and completed 6 for 84 yards and a 38 yard TD pass to Tyson Holston.  Barnes has now thrown for 9 TD passes on the season.

The Hornets, who are on a 9 game winning streak, will continue on to Round 2 of the Playoffs and host Quitman at the Hornet’s Nest this Friday, November 11th at 7:00 p.m.

Everyone come out and show your Hornet Pride!


Mikaela Bilbo was selected as a Wendy’s High School Heisman Award Recipient

POPLARVILLE, MS (October 21, 2016) – There are some students who set the bar. They work harder, show more passion and lead by example—in the classroom, on the field and within the community. Today, Wendy’s High School Heisman recognizes MIKAELA BILBO from POPLARVILLE HIGH SCHOOL and their dedication to never cutting corners by naming them School Winners.

“These students are known by their teachers and friends for their commitment to excellence. We are excited and honored that a program like Wendy’s High School Heisman is also recognizing their hard work,” said JON WILL, POPLARVILLE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL.

Since 1994, Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust have been running the same play to perfection: honoring more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed students. This year, Wendy’s will celebrate the accomplishments of thousands of the best high school seniors, awarding winners in five phases.

Both School Winners and State Finalists have been announced today. School Winners will receive a School Winner certificate and a Wendy’s High School Heisman Patch. State Finalists will receive a bronze medal, a Wendy’s High School Heisman State Finalist patch and a $25 gift card. From the group of State Finalists, one senior male and female will be selected from each state and announced as State Winners on October 20.

For more information or to track a student’s progress through the competition, please visit

About Wendy's High School Heisman

The Wendy's High School Heisman was created by Wendy's founder Dave Thomas in 1994.  Dave Thomas dropped out of high school when he was 15 years old in order to work full-time and went on to become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in history.  While this nontraditional path led to his prosperity, it always worried Dave that others would follow in his footsteps and expect to achieve similar fame and wealth by not finishing high school or attending college.

Faced with this dilemma, at 61 years old, Dave enrolled at Coconut Creek High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and received his General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Inspired by this moment and with a desire to celebrate the outstanding achievements of youth in America, he launched the Wendy's High School Heisman program.

Twenty-two years later, Wendy's High School Heisman has honored more than 600,000 of the nation's most esteemed high school seniors who share Wendy's values of giving back to their communities, treating people with respect, continuing education and excelling on the athletic field.

The Wendy's High School Heisman is a joint program between Wendy's and the Heisman Trophy Trust, host and custodians of the Heisman Memorial Trophy®.

About Wendy's

The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN) is the world's third largest quick-service hamburger restaurant chain. The Wendy's system includes more than 6,500 restaurants in 29 countries and U.S. territories. For more information, visit

The Wendy's name and design and the Wendy's High School Heisman and design are trademarks of Quality Is Our Recipe, LLC.  The Heisman Memorial Trophy, Heisman name and Heisman Trophy figure are registered trademarks of the Heisman Trophy Trust, used with permission.


Poplarville Rodeo

The Poplarville High School Rodeo will be this Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 5th at the Poplarville Arena.  The Poplarville Arena is located at the intersection of Highway 11 and Highway 26 in Poplarville 39470.

Friday Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

Friday Slack-Immediately following the performances

Saturday Slack begins at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.


Good luck and safe travels to all participants!  Hornet Pride!


Community Playoff Pep Rally














Poplarville Hornets (Number 1 in District 4A Region 7) will host the Pass Christian Pirates (Number 4 in District 4A Region 8) on Friday, November 4th in the first round of playoffs.  The game will begin at 7:00 p.m.  The Hornets hope to continue their 8 game winning streak.

The winner of the Poplarville and Pass Christian game will match-up with the winner of the Quitman and Lawrence County game for Round 2 of the playoffs on November the 11th.


Tickets for MHSAA Playoffs

Poplarville hosts Pass Christian Friday night at 7pm in the 1st rd of the MHSAA football playoffs. Tickets are $8.00.  Only MHSAA State Passes will be honored at the pass gate.

Hornets Close 2016 Regular Season Perfect in 7-4A

The Poplarville Hornet Football Team took a 44-14 decision against Columbia Friday Night to mark the end of District and regular season play.  The Hornet Defense, which now has not surrendered more than 2 TDs in District play, dominated the Columbia Offense for the entire game.  The running game was smothered by the whole front seven and was led by Seniors Turan Smith and Brandon Bullock who led the Hornets with 6 tackles a piece.  The Hornet Defense was also very solid against the pass; Junior DJ Travis tallied 2 interceptions and counterpart Aritaeus Johnson picked off 1 Columbia pass.  The Hornets now have 13 interceptions on the season as a unit and Aritaeus Johnson has picked off 6 total passes which leads the District. The Poplarville Offense came to work as well racing out to a 30-0 lead in the first half and finishing the game with 44 points. Senior FB Jesse Pernell paced the Hornet Offense with 10 carries 137 yards and 1 TD.  Junior FB Roosevelt Raine contributed heavily to the output as well with 101 yards on just 8 carries and 2 TDs.  Junior Tailback Austin Bolton reached pay dirt twice in the contest as well.  The Hornet Offense now boasts two 1,000 yard rushers on the year as Senior Jesse Pernell and Junior Austin Bolton have cleared that mark.  The Hornets will host the #4 seed from District 8-4A the Pass Christian Pirates at 7:00 on Friday at Hornet Field in the 1st Round of the MHSAA State Playoffs.


Soccer Jamboree


Poplarville High School boys’ and girls’ soccer teams will kick-off their 2016-2017 seasons with a Jamboree this weekend.

Both teams will travel to Laurel, Mississippi on Saturday, October 29th.  Girls will play Laurel at 11:20 and Quitman at 12:40.  Boys will play Laurel at 12:00 and Quitman at 1:20.

Good luck on the upcoming season!


Basketball Jamboree





The Poplarville High School boys’ basketball team will jump start their 2016-2017 season with a Jamboree this weekend in Hattiesburg.

The PHS Varsity boys basketball team will travel to Hattiesburg High School on Saturday, October 29th to compete in a Jamboree.  The boys will play Long Beach at 1:25 and South Jones at 2:35!  

Good luck on this upcoming season!  Go Hornets!!

Click on the following link for the 2016 Basketball Schedule!


Senior Night at PHS

Poplarville High School Seniors from the Band, Football, Dance and Cheer team will be recognized in a ceremony before the kickoff of the football game Friday, October 28th, beginning at 6:30.

The Hornet football team will play their last regular season district game against Columbia.  The Hornets, who earned the title of Region 7-4A District Champion last Friday, are already in first place in the district and have secured their playoff spot as first seed.  This game will also be the “Pink-Out” game in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Wear your Pink and come out to support the Hornets and their Seniors!!


Poplarville Thrashes Purvis to take Region 7-4A Title

The Poplarville Hornets got off to a fast start Friday night and never looked back as they captured their second Region Championship in three years.  The Hornets overcame a couple of penalties on their first offensive possession to eventually punch the ball into the endzone and jump out to a 7-0 lead.  The Hornet Offense would struggle on it’s next couple of possessions, but the Poplarville faithful need not worry as the Hornet Defense would deny the Purvis Offense consistently throughout the contest.  The Tornadoes could only manage 104 total yards on the evening against the Hornet Defense.  After a turnover, a punt and a turnover on downs, the Hornet Offense would explode for 21 unanswered points in the 2nd quarter to take a commanding 28-0 lead into halftime.  

Purvis would take the ball down on the opening drive of the 3rd quarter and score.  The TD would be the only bright spot for the Purvis Tornadoes for the remainder of the contest.  The Hornet Offense managed another TD and Nick Kirschbaum added a FG to end the scoring.  The victory not only clinched the Region 7-4A title for the Hornets, but also secured a 1st round home playoff game to be played on November 4, 2016.  The Hornets will host Columbia on Friday, October 28 for Senior Night.

Jesse Pernell 18 carries 130 yards 2 TDs

Austin Bolton 18 carries 203 yards 2 TDs

Tyson Holston 1 TD reception

Antonio Barnes 3/6 89 yards 1 TD

Nick Kirschbaum 5/5 PATs 1 FG


Camden Ray 13 Tackles

Turan Smith 9 Tackles

Ross Barnett 8 Tackles


Jamerrick Waller, Chad Hart, Brandon Bullock - Each had a sack.






Winter Sports’ Meet the Hornets

Please join us Thursday, October 27th at 6:00 P.M. in the Poplarville High School gym as we “Meet the 2016 Winter Sport Hornets”.

Middle school and high school (Junior Varsity and Varsity) boys and girls Soccer and Basketball players and coaches will be introduced.

We hope to see everyone there as we get ready to begin the new season of Hornet Athletics!!


The Hornets Competed for Top Positions at the Purvis Rodeo

The Poplarville High School Rodeo Team traveled to Purvis to compete in the Purvis High School Rodeo # 1 on Friday and Saturday evening, October 21st and 22nd.

Ross Barnett brought in First Place in Calf Roping.

Kason Davis and Bryce Graves brought in another First Place title in Team Roping.  Followed by Rachel Harris and partner in Fifth place and Brooke Ladner and Ross Barnett in Twelfth Place.

Rookie Dylan Traylor brought in Second Place in Barrel Racing.  Followed by Holli Ard with Sixth Place.

Rookie Brooke Ladner brought in Second Place in Breakaway Roping.  Followed by Holli Ard in Third Place; Jasy Lee in Sixth Place, and Dylan Traylor in Eighth Place.

Brooke Ladner and Marion Scott brought in Ninth and Tenth Place respectively in Goat Tying.

Dylan Traylor placed in Sixth Place and Brooke Ladner placed in Ninth Place in Pole Bending.

Ross Barnett and Chase Graves earned Second and Third Place respectively in Steer Wrestling.

We are very proud of our Rodeo Contenders.  Keep up the good work guys.

Join us next Friday and Saturday, November 4th and 5th as Poplarville High School hosts the Poplarville Rodeo at the Poplarville Fair Grounds.  Address is 109-191 Horticulture Rd, Poplarville, MS 39470.  The Rodeo will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 4th and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 5th.  


MSP & PHS Red Ribbon Week October 24th-28th

Red Ribbon Week Activities for Poplarville Middle School and Poplarville High School.  Students must wear uniform pants each day except Friday.

Monday -  Oct. 24th           "Red"-y to be drug free.  May wear a school appropriate red shirt.

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Tuesday - Oct. 25th         It's "Crazy" to be "tied" to drugs.  May wear a school appropriate tie dyed shirt and crazy socks/hair.

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Wednesday - Oct. 26th        Join the "fight" against drugs.  May wear school appropriate camo.

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Thursday - Oct. 27th        I "elect" to be drug free.  May wear a school appropriate red, white, blue or patriotic shirt.

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Friday  - Oct. 28th                 Be a "jean"-ous and "team" up against drugs.  May wear school appropriate jeans and team jersey or shirt.

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PHS Community Pep Rally

Come help us send off the HORNETS in Pep Rally Style!  

We have planned a Pep Rally for 4 pm on Friday, October 21st on the Band Practice field to send the Hornet Football team to Purvis fired up for a WIN!  Please come out and support your Hornets as they head out to play the Purvis High School Tornados.

This game will determine the 2016 District Champions!  

Game time is 7 pm!


Takyla Parker 2016 Homecoming Queen

Takyla Parker, daughter of Roosevelt & Tameka Raine, was crowned Homecoming Queen on Friday, October 14th by Superintendent Carl Merritt.  Takyla has been a cheerleader for the past 6 years and is currently the Co-Captain of the PHS Cheer Team!  Congratulations Takyla!!  


Poplarville Romps Past Bobcats for Homecoming Win

The glitz and glamour of Homecoming poured over onto the football field as the Hornets out shined the Sumrall Bobcats 56-6 in a huge District 7-4A victory.  The win was the sixth straight for the Poplarville Hornet Football Team and third in a row in District competition.  The Hornets record now sits at 6-1 overall and 3-0 within the District.  The game was much in control by Poplarville as they went in at halftime up 35-0.  The first score of the game came on a 31 yard TD romp by Jesse Pernell, his first of 3 TDs on the night.  Sumrall’s offense struggled to sniff out yardage against a Hornet Defense that held them to -4 total yards until just before halftime.  The Bobcats only TD came on a long TD run early in the third quarter.  The Hornet Defense has now held District 7-4A opponents to just 26 points in 3 games which ranks first in District 7-4A.  Sophomore QB Antonio Barnes only threw three times, but made the most of it connecting on 2 of them for TDs.  Tyson Holston hauled in a 41 yard TD pass in the corner of the end zone and Junior RB Austin Bolton caught a 60 yard TD pass from Barnes on the second play of the 3rd quarter.  Bolton also had a TD run earlier in the contest.  The leading rusher for the Hornets was Sophomore Ross Barnett.  Barnett carried the ball only 3 times, but found the end zone on 2 of his carries and managed to rush for 113 yards.  With the 56-6 win the Hornets secure a playoff berth for the 5th consecutive season.  The Hornets will travel to Purvis for a big District contest this Friday.  The Tornadoes are also 3-0 in the District and the winner will determine the District 7-4A Champion.


Johnson finishes in 3rd Place at Cross Country Meet

The PHS Cross Country team traveled to Hancock, Mississippi on Thursday, October 13th to compete in the Hancock Invitational Cross Country Meet.  Sophomore, Janelle Johnson finished in 3rd place.  Great Job Hornets!  The Cross Country team will be back in action tomorrow, October 15th in George County! Good luck Hornets!






PHS Choir Dessert Cafe: Disney on Stage

The Poplarville High School Choir will be hosting a Dessert Cafe and Disney themed Show on Thursday, October 27th in the PHS Cafeteria.  Dessert will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are available for $5.00 and include a dessert and admission to the show.  Tickets can be purchased from a choir member or Mrs. Will.

Please purchase tickets prior to October 27th.  Children 4 and under are free.