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 PHS Green Machine Marching Band is moving onto the State Competition

The PHS Green Machine competed in the 48th annual Gulf Coast Marching Band Festival in Gulfport, MS on Saturday, October 8th.  Thirty one marching bands from south Mississippi performed for their state evaluation ratings at Milner Stadium.  They were graded by selected judges on their overall routine, creativity, marching and sound balance, drum major, percussion, color guard and dance team.  

We are proud to announce that our Green Machine earned an overall rating of a 1, obtaining a spot in the State Championship! 1 is the highest score available.

Our band, dance team and colorguard have only a few short weeks to prepare for the upcoming State Championship, which will be held in Clinton, Mississippi on October 29th!  Our band makes us proud to be a Hornet!  










Hornets take second Division Contest from Aggies

Friday night was a beautiful night for high school football at Hornet Field.  Many alumni and former football players made it to the pregame ceremony to honor the 1976 Apache Conference Championship Team and Coach Pat Morris, the winningest  football coach in school history.  There were also several parents in attendance watching their daughters and future generations of Hornet Cheerleaders perform.  Great weather, big crowd, now all we needed was a Poplarville win and that is exactly what we got.  

The Hornets got off to a bit of a rocky start, stalling on it’s first couple of offensive possessions, but managed to accumulate 379 yards and 34 points en route to our second division win. The Hornet Defense played its best game to date allowing only 7 points and 179 yards of total offense for the Aggies.  Senior Cornerback Artieus Johnson had an outstanding game picking off two passes.  Ross Barnett led the team in tackles with 12.  Jamerrick Waller had 10 tackles, 2 sacks and 3 tackles for loss.  The Defensive Line played great and controlled the line of scrimmage throughout the game.  The play of Junior Amari Harmon stood out as he was in on several tackles.  Jesse Pernell rushed for 154 yards on 18 carries and had 3 TDs.   Austin Bolton ran the ball 19 times for 126 yards.  The other 2 TDs were scored by Tyson Holston and Peyton Graham.  The Hornets are now 2-0 in District 7-4A and will host Sumrall this week for Homecoming.




Lady Hornets Prepare for Playoffs

The Lady Hornets Slow-Pitch Softball team is finishing up the regular season and beginning to prepare for the 1st round of playoffs.  The girls have two regular season games left after defeating Hattiesburg (11-4) on Tuesday, October 4th in Hattiesburg.  The first playoff game will be held Tuesday, October 11th at home against North Pike.  The Lady Hornets are so excited to have made it this far and can’t wait to see how the rest of the season will play out.  The Pete Jackson Tournament, which as previously scheduled for Saturday October 8th, has been cancelled.  There has been no mention of rescheduling the game at this time.

The Hornets will finish up the regular season tonight, October 6th at Harrison Central.  Varsity will play two games tonight, the first game begins at 5:00 p.m.


Hornets to Honor 1976 Apache Conference Champions Friday Night

Poplarville High School will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apache Championship with a pre-game ceremony Friday night.  The ceremony will pay tribute to the 1976 Poplarville Hornets that went 8-1-1 and won the Apache Conference.  The 1976 squad was coached by Pat Morris who was named 1976 Apache Conference Coach of the Year.  Coach Morris still holds many school records including most games coached (199), most wins (106), most state playoff appearances (6), most district titles (4) and is the winningest coach in school history with a record of 106-89-4.  The 1976 squad finished the season ranked 14th in the state by the Associated Press Prep Football Poll.  The ceremony will begin at 6:45 with kickoff scheduled for 7:00.  We would like to encourage all of the community and alumni to come out in support of the legendary squad and Coach Morris.

1976 Schedule and Results

Poplarville 34 Lumberton 0

Poplarville 34 Tylertown 6

Poplarville 13 PRC 0

Poplarville 13 Bay 0

Poplarville 0   George County 7

Poplarville 21 Forrest County 3

Poplarville 14 Long Beach 8

Poplarville 10 Purvis 7

Poplarville 6   Stone County 6

Poplarville 19 Collins 0

Points For: 164 - Points Allowed: 37

Record 8-1-1


Trio of Cowboys Take Top Place at Rodeo


The Poplarville High School Rodeo team traveled to Brookehaven, Mississippi to compete in the Lazy J Rodeo last weekend September 30th to October 1st.

The girls represented Poplarville in several categories: Senior Rachel Harris took 4th place in Breakaway Roping, while Rookie (Freshman) Brooke Ladner took 5th place in Goat Tying and 7th place in Pole Bending.  Rookie (Freshman) Victoria Ladner also clinched a top ten spot with 8th place in Barrel Racing!

A trio of PHS Rodeo Veterans, Ross Barnett, Pacey McBride and Chase Graves, took the top places in two prestigious categories.  

Ross Barnett took the 1st Place title in Calf Roping, while Chase Graves (3rd Place) and Pacey McBride (9th Place) kept PHS in the top 10.

Pacey McBride took the 1st Place title in Steer Wrestling, with Ross Barnett finished in 2nd Place and Chase Graves in 6th Place.

Poplarville was also on the board for the second week in a row in Team Roping.  Ross Barnett and partner came in 2nd Place.  Drew Howard and partner came in 5th Place. Rookies and previous first place winners, Kason Davis and Bryce Graves, came in 9th place.

The next rodeo will be October 21-October 22 in Purvis, Mississippi!


Hornets Sting Greene County 60-13

The Poplarville Hornet Football team may have been the smaller team Friday, but they proved the old saying “dynamite comes in small packages” to be be true at the Region 7-4A opener.  The Hornet Offense exploded for 637 total yards and 60 points in a game that saw them rush for 564 yards on 44 carries which is the highest total since the Hornets rushed for 707 yards in 2012 against St. Stanislaus.  Many backs got involved in the offense, but none had quite the night Austin Bolton had.  Austin carried the ball 12 times for 247 yards and 3 TDs.  Senior Fullback Jesse Pernell finished with 128 yards on 13 carries and 2 TDs.  Tyson Holston contributed with 99 total yards and a TD of his own.  Chris Fowler also scored 3 rushing TDs while carrying the ball only 5 times.  Sophomore QB Antonio Barnes was nearly perfect completing 5 of 7 passes for 73 yards.  The Hornet Defense was led by seniors Jamerrick Waller, Chad Hart, Camden Ray, Turan Smith and Brandon Bullock.  The Hornet D suffocated the Greene County QB on many pass attempts and the Defensive Secondary did a great job in coverage all night.  The Hornets are now 4-1 on the season and 1-0 in District and will host Forrest County Friday Night at Hornet Field.


Exciting Senior Night for the Lady Hornets

On Thursday, September 29th the Lady Hornets battled Perry Central, one of the best teams in South Mississippi.  Both teams fought hard throughout the game, which was also Senior Night for the Lady Hornets.  

The Hornets were down 6-3, when Sophomore RaKeya Travis hit a Grand Slam putting the Hornets in the lead with a score of 7-6.  The Lady Hornets continued to progress with a final score of 13-9.  The whole team came together with a series of hits.  Coach Jackson stated, “That was the best game I have seen while coaching at PHS.  I am extremely proud of this team.”

The Lady Hornets, who are also District Champions, will travel to Hattiesburg on Tuesday, October 4th.   






Homecoming Week Festivities

Homecoming is just around the corner so show your school spirit and start planning your outfits!  Homecoming week is October 10th- October 14th!  



October 10- “Music” Monday (Dress as your favorite music artist or band)


October 11- “Team” Tuesday (Represent your favorite sports team)


October 12- “Walt” Wednesday (Dress up as your favorite Walt Disney character)


October 13- “Together” Thursday (Dress up as a group or duo that goes together)


October 14- “Color War” Friday (Dress in the colors that are assigned to your class)

  • Freshmen- White

  • Sophomores- Gold

  • Juniors- Green

  • Seniors- Black

Homecoming Dance 2016

The PHS Cheerleaders will sponsor a Homecoming Dance on Saturday, October 15th in the PHS Cafeteria from 8pm - 11pm.  Cost: $10 per person.  Non-PHS Student Guests must be preapproved so see Mrs. Keri Smith in room 205 or the the High School office to get a Guest Form.  Guest form deadline is Wednesday, October 12th.  Picture packages will be available at the dance.





PHS Varsity Football begins District Games

The Hornets’ varsity football team will be back in action Friday, September 30th at Greene County High School beginning at 7:00 p.m.  The team is rested, but fired-up and ready to play since having a two week break due to a rain-out and off week.  However, they haven’t had a break from practice, and have been working hard in the weight room and on the practice field preparing for the first district game of the season.  Greene County will be the first of five consecutive District 4A games that are coming up.  Everyone come out and support the Hornets!

Address to Greene County Stadium: 4336 High School Rd, Leakesville, MS 39451.  

Check out the video of Poplarville High School varsity football practice, complete with interviews with the coaches and players.  The video was put together by McKinsy Harris, a PHS graduate.  She will add new players each week and feature game footage, so stay tuned!  Check out the Hometown Hype Facebook page for upcoming videos.

PHS Varsity Football Team


PHS has Success in the First Rodeo of the Season


The Poplarville High School Rodeo team attended the first rodeo of the 2016-2017 season, hosted by Hancock High School in Kiln, MS on September 23rd and September 24th.  The team was impressive, winning first place and top spots in most categories.  The freshmen members, referred to as “Rookies”, had outstanding rankings at their first high school rodeo.  Congratulations to all members of the PHS Rodeo team.

Rookies, Bryce Graves and Kason Davis, won 1st place in the team roping category in their debut high school rodeo. Ross Barnett, with his partner, came in 5th place in the same category.

Junior Holli Ard and Rookie Victoria Ladner, placed 4th and 5th respectively in Barrel Racing.

Rookie Brooke Ladner placed 2nd in Breakaway Roping.

Calf Roping brought a 2nd place winner ( Senior Chase Graves), 3rd place winner (Sophomore Ross Barnett), and 6th place winner (Sophomore Pacey McBride).

Rookies Brooke Ladner, Marion Scott and Dylan Traylor came in 7th, 8th and 10th place in Goat Tying.

Rookie Dylan Traylor brought home 6th place in Pole Bending.

Ross Barnett came in 2nd place in Steer Wrestling.  Chase Graves came in 4th and Pacey McBride came in 5th in the same category.

PHS Rodeo team will travel to Brookhaven, Mississippi this coming weekend, September 30- October 1, for the Lazy J Rodeo.

Poplarville High School Rodeo is sponsored by Heather Smith.

To see all the results from the rodeo, visit

Performance Reminder Little Hornet Cheer Camp

Girls who participated in the PHS Cheerleaders’ Little Hornet Cheer Camp on Saturday, September 14, 2016, will perform Pre-Game on Friday, October 7, 2016.

Participants should report to the PHS Gym at 6:15 pm for a quick material review and to receive their Cheerleader Spirit Shirt and line up for the field performance.  Pre-Game performances will begin about 6:30 pm at the PHS Football Stadium.  Game tickets are $5 at the gate.

Thank you to all the participants and parents who make Little Hornet Cheer Camp a Great FUNdraiser for the PHS Cheerleaders!

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

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

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2016 Homecoming Court


Poplarville High School is proud to broadcast the Homecoming Court for the 2016-2017 school year.  The court is nominated and voted on by their classmates.  The voting for Homecoming Queen will be school wide (PHS only) and will begin on October 10th. The 2016 Homecoming Queen will be announced before the football game on Friday, October 14th.

Pictured from left to right:

Standing: Sophomore Maids RaKeya Travis and McKenzie Wash; Freshman Maid Star Newson; Junior Maids Kelsey Strahan, Holli Ard and Gabrielle Lewis.

Sitting: Senior Maids Merisa Myrick, Sidni Crain, Harlee Stuart, Abby Smith and TaKyla Parker.




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.