Articles 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 (vocie) (601) 795 8424 or (fax) (601) 795-1345.

Principal: Jonanthan Will
Assistant Principal: Konya Miller

PHS Hosts SuperStar Skills Basketball Camp

This year's SuperStar Skills Basketball Camp washeld at the Poplarville High School gym on Tuesday June 24th - Thursday June 26th. The camp was held for 6-9th graders. It was hosted by Coach Cable and the Hornets staff. There was a total of 20 kids to participate in the camp.

PHS Earns Bronze Award

PHS was awarded U.S. News and World Report's bronze medal and ranked as one of the nation's highest performing schools. The bronze medal is based on test scores of typical and less advantaged students in schools across the U.S.
A bronze medal is awarded if the school meets performance standards, but doesn't offer Advanced Placement courses or its College Readiness Index is less than 18.7 median needed to rank as silver.
"A good high school education is critical to prepare our future workforce," said Brain Kelly, editor and shief content officer of U.S. News and World Report in a press release. The 2014 Best High Schools rankings are designed to help families understand the increasing public school options available to them."
Poplarville is the only school in Pearl River County to receive a ranking by the U.S News and World Report. 

PHS Named as Value Added School in Mississippi

MISSISSIPPI STATE, MS— A local school from the Poplarville School District has been recognized at the recent statewide conference of the Program of Research and Evaluation of Public Schools (PREPS) for being named as a Value Added School. Over 1,000 Mississippi schools’ assessment results were recorded on the Mississippi Statewide Accountability System for 2012-2013. The PREPS value-added analysis resulted in 321 schools statewide designated as value-added schools. Of these schools, 193 are members of PREPS, and these 193 are the 2013* 
PREPS Value Added Award recipients. The awards were presented during the 2014 PREPS-MAPE Conference, March 19-20, 2014, at the Pearl River Resort in Choctaw, MS. Over 600 educators and business leaders were present at the 2014 PREPS-MAPE Conference. 
The following school was recognized for outstanding performance: 
SATP2 Biology I Poplarville High School 
SATP2 English II Poplarville High School 
PREPS Value Added analysis began in June 1997. PREPS Value Added analysis allows for comparisons of educational performance among Mississippi Schools, taking into account (or holding constant) the impact of differences in the socioeconomic background of the students considered in the research. The model is used in the PREPS Value Added Awards Program to identify schools which are adding value by performing significantly better than other schools with comparable socioeconomic circumstances. The Value Added analysis produces a band of predicted score performance and recognizes those schools which are performing above the predicted band. Using MCT2 and SATP2 school level scale score average for 2012-2013 assessments reported by the Mississippi Department of Education under the Mississippi Assessment and Accountability Reporting System (MAARS) and the school socioeconomic indicator (percent of students on free or reduced lunch), PREPS has performed Value Added analysis at the elementary through high school levels. 
PREPS is a private non-profit consortium of school districts whose purpose is to develop and implement educational products and services that help manage and support districts' efforts to demonstrate improvement in their instructional programs. PREPS is supported by the College of Education at Mississippi State University and is housed in the Center for Educational Partnerships, the service division of the college. Collaboration among member districts enables each district to benefit from the development of products and services that no single district is capable of developing alone. 
For more information, please contact the PREPS office at 662-325-3720.
*2013 denotes the assessment/accountability data analysis is based upon.

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 

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