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 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!!


Smith Looks to Build Off 2015-16 Season

Coach Smith enters his 7th season as the Head Soccer coach at Poplarville High School.  He has coached the boy’s team for 6 years and has guided the Lady Hornets the past two seasons.  Coach Smith is very excited about the core group that returns for both squads.

The 2016-17 Lady Hornets will be led by Senior Forward/Midfielder Merisa Myrick and Senior Goalkeeper Kaitlyn Barber.  Some other key returning starters from last year’s playoff team are: Senior-Jasy Lee; Junior(s)- Amber Smith, Gracie Smith, Lexey Breerwood and Ali Glasscock; Sophomore(s)- Candi Spiers, Hannah McClendon and Karlee Price; Freshman- Star Newson and Eighth Grader Julianna Wells.  “We are very fortunate to have only had one player graduate last year.  Granted that player was a big key in the success that we had last year.  But I feel we will be more experienced this year going into the regular season.  We have set high expectations on this group and they are responding well.  As any team, if they stay healthy and keep a level head on their shoulders they should be able to do some great things this season”, says Coach Smith.  The team will have some very solid players that will come off the bench and help contribute to any success had this coming season.  The girls are competing daily to earn playing time as well as getting each other better.  The girl’s team could be one, if not the best team that has come through Poplarville.  Coach Smith looks for them to make a deep run into the playoffs, “I have told them many times they will be the team to beat in the district and if they want to be the team with a bullseye on their back, they must compete each day at practice.  They will no longer be the team that everyone overlooks in the District or in South 4A”.

On the boys side, the Hornets are coming off injury after injury during the 2015-16 campaign.  The Hornets were not able to stay healthy and saw multiple starters go down throughout the season.  Coach Smith goes on to say, “Last year was a tough season for injuries, but with all the injuries many players had to step up and got a lot of quality playing experience.  If anything positive came out of last season with the injuries, it was that this year we will have a good core group returning that saw a lot of game action last season”.  The Hornets will be led by Senior(s)- Ethan McIntyre, Josh Davis, Turan Smith, Austin Carter and Nick Kirshbaum.  Other returning players that will contribute to the success the Hornets have this season are : Senior Evan Smith, Junior(s)- Mason Nodurft, Chris Fowler and Jayden Shaw, Sophomore(s)- Bradley Stines, Cade Johnson, Austin Ashley, Cameron Hodge, Chris Hughes and Tres Ray and Eighth grader Maddux Francis.

We will have to have Maddux Francis along with some other underclassmen step up early in the season as we anticipate our football team making a deep run into the playoffs.  With the two seasons overlapping we will be without some key starters.  Turan Smith, Austin Carter, Nick Kirschbaum, Evan Smith, and Chris Fowler are all football players that will play a role in the success we have on the soccer field this season.

The Hornets are a year removed from making it to the 2nd round of the state playoffs.  Coach Smith says, “As mentioned before, if this group stays healthy this could be a special year once again on the boy’s side.  We have some very good athletes and soccer players and with a mix of kids like that you can do some special things.  At the start of the season, some players will get much needed game action.  Those players will be a factor for us as the season progresses into January.  We need a few players to step-up into a quality leadership role and lead by example and this group has the potential to make another run into the playoffs.”

For both teams there will always be a player or two step-up big and become a quality asset to the team that was not mentioned.  Every year we have a kid that just continues to get better and works hard and finds themselves in the playing rotation.

I am looking forward to the season, which is 10 weeks away.  The first game is a Jamboree on October 29th at Laurel against Laurel and Quitman.











Friday Nights are Back

The Poplarville Hornets open the 2016 season on Friday, August 19th at The Hive in St. Martin.  Kickoff is set for 7:00 for this Week 1 Non-Division contest.  The Hornets are coming off an exciting Jamboree win over 6A Biloxi while St. Martin did not compete in any preseason action.  Poplarville will be looking to avenge a 47-20 loss suffered in its opening game last season at the hands of the Yellowjackets.  Come out and support your Poplarville Hornets!!  Everyone is encouraged to wear green!





2016 Ironman Competition

The Hornet Football Team finished up its off season training program with it’s 9th annual Ironman.  It was a tight race with a lot of new records being set.  








Here are the Top 10:

  1. Sr. Jesse Pernell - 232 pts.  (New School Record)

  2. Sr. Jamerrick Waller - 230 pts.

  3. Sr. Camden Ray - 219 pts.

  4. (Tie) Sr. Zac Rice - 218 pts.

(Tie) Jr. Peyton Graham - 218 pts.

     6.   Sr. Nick Kirschbaum - 208 pts.

     7.   Jr. Austin Bolton - 203 pts.

     8.   Sr. Turan Smith - 201 pts.

     9.   Sr. Chad Hart - 200 pts.

    10.  Sr. Trey Griffen - 198 pts.

Overall Weight Champion: Jamerrick Waller - Total 1,045 lbs.  Bench/Squat/Power Clean

The 2016 Ironmen will be displayed on a sign in the Field House.  Congrats to these young men on such a remarkable accomplishment and good luck this season.




Hornets Win Thriller at Biloxi Jamboree

If it didn’t count and was just a preseason tune up game you sure couldn’t tell it.  A large Hornet crowd was treated to a Jamboree that saw the lead change 3 times in the last 1 minute and 30 seconds of the game.  The Hornet Defense came up big on Biloxi’s first possession as DJ Travis elevated and intercepted a pass in the endzone.  Nick Kirschbaum opened up the scoring with a 36 yard field goal that gave the Hornets an early 3-0 lead.  Biloxi intercepted a batted ball that resulted in a Touchdown for the Indians.  The Hornet Offense would respond on the ensuing drive as Tyson Holston slipped into the endzone on a 16 yard Touchdown run to give Poplarville the lead 10-7.  Biloxi would answer quickly as future Division 1 WR Tim Jones caught a tipped pass and raced into the endzone to make the score 14-10.  The Hornet Offense then put together its last scoring drive of the contest as Junior RB Austin Bolton scored on a 10 yard TD run.  The score stood at 17-14 with under two minutes left in the 2 quarter jamboree as things began to get interesting.  After a 4 play drive that included a long run and two pass completions to Tim Jones, the Biloxi Indians seemed to have snatched the win from the Hornets as Biloxi scored with :23 seconds remaining on the clock.  The extra point was good and Biloxi had the lead 21-17 as they lined up to kick the ball off.  DJ Travis fielded the ball on the Hornets own 1 yard line and hit a seam that parted like the Red Sea.  Luke Mitchell picked up the game winning block after eliminating the last eligible tackler.  Travis streaked into the end zone and was soon accompanied by the whole bench.  Mr. Will was so excited he broke his umbrella.  If this Jamboree is any indication of the type of season we will have, Hornet fans better buckle up.  A clip of the return can be found at the link below.  The JV took a 28-14 decision over Biloxi in 2 quarters of action.  Stats from the Jamboree are as follows.

DJ Travis' Kick Off Return

Roosevelt Raine

11 carries for 85 yards

1 TD

Austin Bolton

10 carries for 81 yards

1 TD

Jesse Pernell

12 carries for 65 yards


Chris Fowler

12 carries for 57 yards

1 TD

Tyson Holston

6 carries for 29 yards

1 TD

Trey Griffen

3 carries for 22 yards


Tyler Breland

3 carries for 10 yards

1 TD

Peyton Graham

1 carry for 4 yards


Antonio Barnes

3/7 passing for 70 yards


Josh Brown

1/2 passing for 15 yards


Pacey McBride

½ passing for 6 yards


PHS Open House and Meet the Hornets

PHS Open House is Thursday, August 18 beginning at 5:00 p.m. with Meet the Hornets at 7:00 p.m.  2017 Seniors and their parents will meet in the Cafeteria at 5:30. Parents will meet and greet with teachers at their own pace.  

Lady Hornets Return to the Mound

The Lady Hornet Slow Pitch Softball team is proud to announce the new assistant coach, Janessa Dedeaux. Janessa Dedeaux is a former assistant coach from William Carey University and also a former Lady Hornet. We are happy to have her back in Hornet Country!

The girls have been busy preparing for the upcoming season that will begin next week.  Head coach, Ryan Jackson, shared his predictions for the approaching season, “I always feel that we are in the running to be playing deep into October. Even though we are a growing team, we have the potential to be the best I have coached.”  Eight key players graduated in May, leaving Samantha Shields as the only Senior on the team this year.

The Lady Hornets are very excited for the season to begin.  They have been hard at work learning new techniques, such as “The Line Drive Pro”.  The girls can’t wait to put the new drill’s into play this season.

The Lady Hornet 2016 season will begin Tuesday, August 16th at home on Pete Jackson Field when they face West Harrison.  Junior Varsity at 5:30, Varsity at 7:00!    


Times Changed PHS Football Events

Due to the weather forcast this week, PHS has made the following changes:
- PHS Open House (5:00) and Meet the Hornets (7:00) has been rescheduled for Thursday, August 18th.
- The PHS Football Jamboree vs. Biloxi will be played at Biloxi High School Friday, August 12th.  Kickoff at 6:00.

The PHS Cheerleaders are ready to cheer on the Hornets!

The PHS Cheerleaders are ready to cheer on the Hornets for the 2016 Football Season!  The Cheerleaders attended UCA Cheer Camp this summer at Mississippi State University in Starkville.  The Squad placed 1st in Xtreme Routine, 1st in Cheer, 2nd in Sidelines, and were the Overall Game Day Champs.  The Squad received an invitation to perform at the Citrus Bowl!  Other awards include:  Mikaela Bilbo - UCA Camp Jump Off Champion; Elizabeth Amacker, Mikaela Bilbo, Takyla Parker, and Harlee Stuart - selected as UCA All-American Cheerleaders; Harlee Stuart - UCA Pin-It Forward Citizen/Sportsmanship Award.

Join the PHS Cheerleaders at “Meet the Hornets” on Thursday, August 11, 2016, at the PHS Football Stadium beginning at 7 p.m.

2016 PHS Cheerleaders

Mikaela Bilbo - Captain, Elizabeth Amacker - Co-Captain, Takyla Parker - Co-Captain, Harlee Stuart - Co-Captain, Holli Ard, Landry Bagley, Gabrielle Benefield, Ashanti Bolton, Jacenta Davis, Tatum Davis, Ravyn Garrett, Tatum Gennin, Payton Hartfield, Macey Head, Sadie Hubbard, Victoria Lambert, Austin Mayfield, Faith Necaise, Harper Pearson, Sean Rains, Karlee Rodriguez, and Madysen Sheppard, Keri Smith - Sponsor, Alesa Lee - Choreography


Freshman/ Parent Orientation

Tuesday, July 26 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Career Development Center (CDC) directly across the highway from Ace Hardware.  Parents, come learn about expectations, career preparedness, and extra curricular activities that are available to students at PHS. Freshman, join your parents and get a personalized tour of your class locations, common areas, and the cafeteria. Lots of information to share.

2016 PHS Retirees

Alex Kennedy, Laura Baird, and Keith Broom represented 87 combined years of teaching at their retirement celebration Wednesday, May 18. Mr. Merritt presented each with a plaque and a huge thank you for serving the students of Poplarville School District. Each of you will be missed.

STEM Students Design A Paper Table

On Thursday, April 28, 2016, Special Populations Coordinator, Ms. Ann Bosworth, directed the Poplarville High School STEM classes in a challenging engineering activity. The students worked with a partner to design and build a table out of newspaper tubes.  The table had to be at least eight inches tall and strong enough to hold a heavy book. The only materials that students could use were a 12” cardboard square, 8 sheets of newspaper, and masking tape.  To test the design of their table, each group stacked as many engineering textbooks as their table would support.  If the table collapsed, the students then brainstormed, redesigned, rebuilt, and retested their tables.

Cat Pack Announces an UN-Mother's Day Sale May 3-14

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Teacher Appreciation At PHS

The faculty at PHS would like to thank those who went out of their way to express their appreciation last week during Teacher Appreciation Week. Members of First Priority spent the week cleaning desks in teacher's classrooms. Monday the PHS Cheerleaders provided a breakfast tray and flavored coffee creamer and TSA4 members gave each faculty member candy and a PHS lanyard. HOSA students spent the morning washing cars for the faculty members who signed up. Wednesday was lunch provided by PTO consisting of Chicken and rice, baked beans, green salad, brownies and bread pudding. Keri Smith brought pepper jelly, cream cheese, and crackers. The Dance Team provided snacks for all and a flower pot for one lucky winner. The Culinary Arts students/FCCLA members cooked and delivered omelets for breakfast, and Mr. Will provided subway sandwiches for lunch on Thursday. Friday's lunch, pulled pork sandwiches,  was provided by the National Guard and Tammy Ladner brought donuts for all.
Once again, thank you to everyone for making the week special for our teachers.