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

The Poplarville Green Machine Ranks All Superior


The Poplarville Green Machine, Colorguard and Honeybees competed in the Gulf Coast Invitational Marching Festival and Competition at Biloxi High School on Saturday, September 24th.  Nineteen high school bands from the surrounding area competed and were scored on nine categories: music ensemble, visual ensemble, general effect visual, general effect musical, percussion, band, drum major, colorguard and dance tam.  Each category receives a ranking of 1-4, 1 being the highest.  Poplarville was one of only two bands that made a 1 in every category which resulted in an All Superior ranking.  Mr. Tidwell, the director of the Green Machine Band, exclaimed, “That’s the first time this has happened in six years!”  Mr. Tidwell has been the band director at Poplarville High School since 2010.

The band, colorguard and dance team have been working hard preparing for the competition, sometimes practicing twice a day in the sweltering heat.  Saturday was no different with a heat index on the field of 105 degrees, resulting in heat exhaustion for three band members and one honeybee.

The Green Machine, Colorguard and Honeybees performed two songs for this competition: A mash of The House of the Rising Sun and Mardis Gras Mambo; and A Closer Walk with Thee.  They are busy adding another song to the mix, which they will perform at the next competition in under two weeks.

This group will travel to Gulfport, MS on Saturday, October 8th where they will compete in the State Regional Marching Evaluations.  We are extremely proud of our band, colorguard and dance team!  Go Hornets!

Band Director- Joshua Tidwell

Assistant Band Director- Andrew Demolat

Colorguard Sponsor- Skye Kong

Dance Sponsor- Stacia Peterson

Drum Major- Ben Neff


Homecoming Parade Details


The Homecoming Parade will be Thursday, October 13th at 6:00 P.M. This year the parade will begin at Poplarville High School and end at the Poplarville Courthouse.  The community-wide pep-rally will be at the courthouse following the parade.

If anyone wishes to participate with a group or float, forms are available in the high school office.  Please see Mrs. Allison Lee if you have any questions.




Cross Country is Back in Action


The PHS Cross Country Team competed in their first meet of the season on Saturday, September 17 in Biloxi. There were 346 female runners who competed in the varsity girls meet.  Janelle Johnson finished 20th followed by Jasmine Sharp who finished 50th.  Logan Santiago brought in our varsity boys crew, finishing 61st out of 413 boys.  Great Job!

Cross Country will travel to McLeod Park for a meet sponsored by Hancock County High School on Thursday, September 29th at 4:00 p.m.

PHS Cross Country team is coached by Coach Deatra Robinson-Cable.

Manager: Senior Kenya Tillman


PHS Cheerleaders Conduct Annual Little Hornet Cheer Camp


On Saturday, September 17th, the Poplarville High School varsity Cheerleaders held their annual “Little Hornet Cheer” camp at the high school gym.  Nearly sixty girls, ranging in age from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade, joined together to learn how to cheer for the Hornets!  PHS cheerleaders taught the “Mini-Cheerleaders” a variety of cheers, chants and dances which were performed for the parents following the camp.  

All participants received a Cheer Camp t-shirt and will participate in a Pre-Game performance on October 7, 2016 at the PHS football stadium beginning at 6:40 p.m. before the PHS vs. Forrest County AHS Varsity game.


Lady Hornets Remain 1st in the District


Lady Hornet slowpitch softball went back into action Tuesday, September 20th at Purvis High School.  This game was a very important game, since it determined whether the Lady Hornets would become the 2016 Class 4A District Champions or not.  The team won with a final score of 6-3 against the Lady Tornadoes, winning 1st place in the district with a record of 5-0 in the region!

The ladies play Purvis at home this Thursday, September 22nd.  J.V- 5:30; Varsity-7:00. Sting Hornet Sting!


PHS Announces 2016 Homecoming Court


Freshman Maid: Star Newson

Sophomore Maids: RaKeya Travis and McKenzie Wash

Junior Maids: Holli Ard, Gabrielle Lewis and Kelsey Strahan

Senior Maids: Sydni Crain, Merisa Myrick, TaKyla Parker, Abby Smith and Harlee Stuart

Homecoming Queen will be announced before the football game on October 14th, 2016!  Congratulations!


Rain Rain Go Away


Too much rain caused the Poplarville Hornets and the Hancock Hawks to cancel their contest scheduled for Friday, September 16, 2016.  The contest was not a division contest and therefore will not be made up.  The Hornets are open this week and will resume action on September 30, 2016 at Greene County.  The contest against Greene County will be the first Division 7-4A contest of the season.


Hornets Have Winning Edge In Hwy 26 Rivalry


Poplarville varsity football was victorious over Stone County at The Hornet’s Nest on Friday, September 9th with a final score of 38-35.  

Poplarville won once again in dramatic fashion as Austin Bolton crossed the goal line with just 1:45 remaining in the contest to give the Hornets their last lead of the evening in a ball game that the fans saw the lead change hands 3 times.  Poplarville didn’t waste any time getting off to a fast start scoring on its first two possessions and taking a commanding 14-0 lead.  Stone County would eventually find the endzone and take advantage of some Hornet miscues to make the score 21-21 at the half.  The Tomcats came out and continued to control the momentum and success that they owned late in the 2nd quarter scoring TDs on their first two possessions.  The Hornet Offensive Line led by seniors Austin Arceneaux and Evan Smith continued to dominate the Tomcat line of scrimmage and Jesse Pernell and Austin Bolton managed to find the endzone once each in the second half.  For the second week this season a kick proved to be the winning edge as Nick Kirschbaum kicked a 36 yard field goal to pull the Hornets within 4 with just over 6 minutes remaining.  The Hornets Offense finished the night with 370 yards on 57 carries en route to their victory over arch rival Stone County.  

This past Friday, September 16th, the varsity game against Hancock County was rained out and will not be made up.  The Hornets will be off this coming Friday, September 23rd, for their By-Week.

Hornets will resume action on September 30th when they travel to Greene County to begin their District Competitions.    


Lady Hornets Clinch a Playoff Spot, Winning 3 Games This Week

Lady Hornet slowpitch softball stays in the lead with 4-0 in Region play.  With a score of 8-2, the girls once again overcame Moss Point on Monday, September 12th.  They defeated the Aggies 14-2 at home on Tuesday, September 13th.

Last night, September 15th, the Lady Hornets traveled to Forrest County and swept the Lady Aggies with a score of 11-0.  From the first inning, the Lady Hornets started a stretch of runs when Senior Samantha Shields hit a line drive, which led to a run for Rakeya Travis.  From there the game progressed, giving the Lady Hornets the victory and clinching a spot in the Playoffs.  With the positivity of the team and fans, the Hornets will succeed.  As Coach Jackson says, “Just a team full of LOVE.”

The Lady Hornets will play Purvis on Tuesday, September 20th for the District Championship.  Everyone come out and support these girls, Coach Jackson, and Coach Dedeaux.


Lady Hornets 1-0 in District 4A

The Lady Hornets’ slow pitch softball team take a win against Moss Point at home on Thursday, September 8th.  The game started out slow for the Hornets with Moss Point up by 2 runs at the bottom of the first inning.  However, by the third inning, Megan McGill jump-starts the team with a run.  Soon after Megan’s score, the Lady Hornets were in the lead with 5 points.  The Lady Hornets stay on top as the game progresses, and finish big with a final score of 12-2 putting them 1-0 in district play.

The Lady Hornets will have a replay tonight (September 12th) at Moss Point.

Tuesday, September 13th- Home game against Forrest County.

Thursday, September 15th- At Forrest County

All Junior Varsity games are at 5:30; Varsity at 7:00


Students Recognized for Advanced Scores

Poplarville High School students, who scored Advanced on a state test during the 2015-2016 school year, received free game admission and were recognized for their achievement before the Stone County game Friday, September 9th.  Each student is required to pass a state assessment in Algebra, U.S. History, Biology, and English before graduation.  62 PHS students were acknowledged. We are extremely proud of these students for their hard work and dedication.






Overtime for Christ


Poplarville High School students participated in a 5th Quarter devotion after the Stone County game Friday night.  Everyone is invited to join in Overtime for Christ (OTC), a short student-led devotion, after each home game in the endzone.  Our next OTC will take place next Friday, September 16th after the Hancock game.


Hornets Pass by Lumberton en route to 44-12 Victory, Big Test Today as Stone comes to Poplarville


The Hornet Offense racked up 415 yards of total offense Friday night as Poplarville came out victorious for the second week in a row.    Sophomore Quarterback Antonio Barnes lit it up Friday night passing for 121 yards and 3 TDs.  Barnes threw TD passes to 3 separate Hornet receivers; Canaan Ray - 3 catches 44 yards 1 TD, Evan Smith - 1 catch 25 yards 1 TD, and Austin Bolton 2 catches 30 yards 1 TD.  While Barnes was spreading the ball around, Senior Fullback and Pearl River Community College commit, Jesse Pernell had another typical night scoring 3 TDs on the ground.  Seniors Turan Smith and Camden Ray led the team with 6 and 8 tackles respectively.  The Hornet Defense controlled the Lumberton ground game for most of the night with the exception of a few long runs.  Nick Kirschbaum finished the night 5/6 on PATs and added the final score with a field goal.

There couldn't be a more exciting home opener than the one we have in store Friday night.  The Hornets will host their friendly neighbors just down Hwy 26 East as the Stone County Tomcats come to Poplarville.  The Tomcats have enjoyed much success this year as they have jumped out to a 3-0 start for the first time in 26 years.  Stone County is a power run football team that has racked up 950 rushing yards in just 3 games while the Hornets have rushed for 953 on the season.  Come out and support the Hornets as they take on Stone County.  Kickoff is set for 7:00.




Name the Hornet


The Poplarville School District PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) held the first ever “Name the Hornet” contest.  The hornet mascot position was created to promote school spirit and represent the student body.  Poplarville High School students were required to possess a 2.5 grade point average along with two teacher recommendations before applying.

The PTO selected 4 PHS students out of the many applicants, who will alternate duties throughout the year.  Richard Patton, Dawson Brown, Lisa Wright and Brett Corbello were picked to wear the new costume purchased by our PTO.  The Hornet will be used throughout the district,  and will appear at sporting events, parades, festivals, community events and other special activities.  

Check out the facebook page, “Hometown Hype”, to follow The Hornet.  You never know where he might show up.


PHS Cheerleaders Announce “LITTLE HORNET CHEER” Camp Fundraiser

It’s football season and the PHS cheerleaders are ready to cheer for the Hornets!  Join us on Saturday, September 17, 2016, to learn cheers, chants, and dances.  We will perform Pre-Game at the October 7, 2016, PHS versus Forrest County AHS football game.  

Appropriate attire required, tennis shoes only please. Refreshments will be provided.

Grades:  PreK(4) - 5th grade

Location:  PHS Gym

Cost:    $25.00 - Make checks payable to PHS Cheerleaders

Times:     Registration and Sign-in will begin at 8:30 am

    Cheer Camp 9 am - 12 pm

    Parent Performance - 12 pm

    Pre-Game Performance - October 7, 2016 (PHS vs. Forrest County AHS)

Report to the PHS Gym at 6:15 pm (10/7/16). Little Hornet Cheerleaders will perform at the football stadium at 6:40 pm

Forms should be turned in to your child’s teacher or the PHS Office by September 14, 2016.  

Please contact Keri Smith at Poplarville High School if you have any questions!

PHS High School Office:  601-795-8424, ext. 2505

Email address:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click on the link below to download the PHS Little Hornet Cheer Camp Form:





PHS Celebrates State Test Success

On Thursday, September 1st, PHS rewarded 10th-12th grade students who passed their state tests last year. Students received an extended break and enjoyed drinks, chocolate and chips. The students were surprised to be rewarded for their scores earned, and we are hoping to make this a new tradition. PHS is so thankful for the hard work that our students and teachers displayed in preparation for the tests. This is just a small token of our gratitude. 336 students were invited to participate in the celebration! 


Poplarville High School is excited to let everyone know that we have started FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes).  This group will come together every Tuesday at 3:20 in the High School library or Room 112 at the High School.  Locations and times could change throughout the year according to growth of this organization. We encourage both schools’ student bodies to get involved. Anyone and everyone is invited to come and take part in this time of fellowship.

If anyone has questions about FCA at the high school go by and see Coach Adam Smith.  If you are located at the middle school and have questions, please see Coach Luke Gipson.  

ISAIAH 41:10

Do not fear, for I am with you;

Do not be afraid, for I am your GOD.

I will strengthen you; I will help you;

I will hold on to you with MY righteous right hand.




Hornets Outlast the Devils

The Poplarville Hornet Football team did something Friday night that the last few teams couldn’t….. Beat PRC.  The Hornets started off strong throwing a huge blow as Hornet Fullback Jesse Pernell took the opening play of the game 69 yards for the TD.  The Hornet Offense was very productive in moving the football for the majority of the game, only being forced to punt once.  Juniors Peyton Graham and Austin Bolton scored the final two TDs of the contest.  Austin Bolton was the big gainer of the night rushing for 156 yards on 17 carries.  The Defensive Line and Linebackers stood out for Poplarville as the Blue Devils were unable to locate open holes to run through all night.  Nick Kirschbaum was the hero of the night kicking a game winning 38 yard field goal with 12 seconds remaining on the clock.  Nick was also 3 of 3 on PATs.  The Hornets will travel to Lumberton this week to take on another arch rival.  Game time is set for 7:00.





CTE Student Org Night Out With The Shuckers

On Monday, August 22nd, the club members of the CDC programs; HOSA, TSA, FCCLA, DECA, and FFA came together for a fun trip to Biloxi. The students and teachers attended a Shucker’s baseball game. The students had a great time watching the game, eating ballpark food, and spending time with fellow classmates. A few lucky students left with a game ball. The Shucker’s won the game 2-1.

Tatum Davis, HOSA Reporter


Hornets Run Out of Steam in St. Martin

The season opener began exactly where the jamboree ended as the Hornets quickly jumped out to a 14-0 lead on 6A foe St. Martin.  On the Hornets opening drive Jesse Pernell raced down the sideline for a 65 yard gain and he would later finish the drive with a 1 yard TD plunge into the endzone.  The Hornet defense quickly added a stop and put the offense back on the field with great field position.  Moments later Antonio Barnes connected with Austin Bolton for a 25 yard TD pass to make the score 14-0.  Unfortunately Poplarville would not find the endzone again for the remainder of the contest.  Jesse Pernell finished the night as the leading rusher with 122 yards on 17 carries and 1 TD.  Chris Fowler was the second leading rusher with 67 yards on the ground.  Antonio Barnes threw 8 times and completed 4 for 76 yards.  The Hornets will take a short trip down Hwy 11 this week to take on arch rival Pearl River Central in Carriere.  Poplarville has failed to defeat the Blue Devils in it’s last 4 attempts.  Take the short trip to Carriere Friday night and help our boys end this streak.  Go Hornets!!