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 (voice) (601) 795 8424 or (fax) (601) 795-1345.

Principal: Jonanthan Will
Assistant Principal: Timmy Story

Counselor Blog for Scholarship Opportunities

PHS Scholarship applications are in the guidance office, the career center and in the CDC! The counselor blog has more details for all scholarships that are currently available. Below is a list of upcoming scholarship deadlines with links to the blog for details. The blog can also be accessed through the school website by clicking on the guidance link.

PHS will host a FAFSA Day on March 2nd. Counselors from the Get2College Center in Ocean Springs will be here to assist parents and students in completing the application for federal aid and for state aid. Through completion of the FAFSA, students will find out if they qualify to receive any Pell Grant money. Additionally, completion of the FAFSA is required by most colleges before a student can receive institutional aid. Mrs. Tammy Ladner is the contact person to sign up for an appointment. Parents should contact her to sign up for a time. Appointments will be available between 8:30 and 3:30. The Get2College Center is a non for profit organization that assists Mississippi families in planning and paying for college. All of their services are free. The center in Ocean Springs offers individual appointments, ACT prep and more.
Poplarville Womens Club - Deadline 2.25

Regions Black History Month Scholarship - Deadline 2.25
Organ Donor - Deadline 2.26
PRCC Ted J. Alexander Leadership Program Scholarship - Deadline 2.27
Les Belles Fluers  - Deadline 2.28
Buick Scholarship - Deadline 2.29
Mississippi Association of Supervisors Scholarship - Deadline 3.1
To see all items posted on the blog, follow the link below. There are posts for leadership programs and information for students in grades 9-11 as well.  

McMurray Named STAR Student for the 2015-2016 School Year

Victoria McMurray has been named as a STAR (Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student for the 2015-2016 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) M. B. Swayze Foundation, sponsor of the STAR program. Victoria is the daughter of Harvey and Joy McMurray.

The Poplarville High School senior will be honored during the annual Education Celebration in April at the Jackson Convention Center in downtown Jackson.

Star Students are selected on the basis of academic excellence.  Both American College Test scores and scholastic averages are compared to determine the school’s STAR student.  The STAR program encourages and promotes academic achievement among Mississippi’s high school seniors.  

Each STAR student is asked to designate a STAR Teacher, the teacher who has made the greatest contribution to the student’s scholastic achievement.  Victoria designated Mrs.Erin Breland as the STAR Teacher.

Hornets Looking to Finish the Regular Season Strong

Right now the Lady Hornets are tied in 1st Place in District Play.  Lady Hornets are being led by Mallory Smith, Zanaisha and Jasmine Merrill.

The boys team is looking to finish the regular season strong.  Currently 16-7 overall with a 6-1 record in district.  The Hornets will finish the season with two road games before the district tournament.  Times for the district tournament will be announced soon.  The team desperately needs the Hornet Nation Support.  The team can’t do it without you.

Hornets will play a district game at Columbia Friday, February 5.  J.V. Boys @ 5.  Varsity Girls @ 6. Varsity Boys @ 7:30.

Last district game before the district tournament will be Tuesday, February 9 at Greene County.

District Tournament will be at Purvis High School February 15-19th.

Fricke Commits to PRCC

Wednesday, February 3 Senior Tyler Fricke signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at the next level.

Tyler committed to play football for the Pearl River Community College Wildcats in Poplarville, Mississippi this fall.  Tyler is the son of Candi and Leo Fricke of Poplarville.

Tyler, a 2 year starter, has played offense and defense for the Poplarville Hornet Football Team.  He was selected for the District 7-4A All District MVP team for the 2015 season.  Tyler was the recipient of Poplarville High School’s Most Valuable Defensive Player and the 2015 Ironman Awards.

Tyler finished his senior year at Poplarville with 110 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, and 5 sacks.

Pictured left to right: Standing: Coach Owen, Coach Beech, Coach Story and Coach Dewease.  Sitting: Candi, Tyler and Leo Fricke.

Strain Signs With PRCC

On Friday, January 22, 2016, Senior Courtnee Strain signed a national letter of intent to play softball for Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, MS.  Courtnee is the daughter of Brad and Deanna Strain.

Courtnee has played centerfield for the Lady Hornets Softball Team for the past 6 years  under the direction of Coach Ray, Coach Ross and Coach Jackson.

Also Pictured; Coaches Jonathan Ray and Drue Ross, Parents Brad and Deanna Strain , Grandmother Lynn and Sisters Caitlin and Callie Strain.







Poplarville Girls’ Soccer Clinch a Playoff Spot

This past week was a big week for Lady Hornet soccer.  On Tuesday, January 12th the Lady Hornets faced Greene County in a big district match. Sophomore Amber Smith was able to find the back of the net early in the first half to give the lady Hornets a 1-0 lead. Kaitlyn Barber stood strong in the net for the lady Hornets with 25 saves.  The traveling Greene County wildcats applied pressure all night but with saves from goalkeeper Kaitlyn Barber and a good defensive stand the Lady Hornets were able to keep the Wildcats from scoring. The lady Hornets won 1-0 to give themselves a share of 1st in the district.  Coach Smith adds, “Tonight was a big win for the girls. Greene County is always one of the better teams in the south in girls’ soccer and they have been playing together for a while. I was proud of how the girls never gave up.  As their coach, I could tell they really wanted to win this game and prove to themselves we are a good team this year and deserve to be in the position we are in right now.”


On Friday, January 15th the Lady Hornets were able to clinch a playoff spot with a 1-0 win vs East Central in double overtime. Once again, Senior Mallory Nuccio was able to have a game winning goal with less than 5 minutes to play. Coach Smith adds,  “Tonight I could tell our girls were tired and emotionally drained from Tuesday’s win. East Central also played very well and used their larger field to their advantage. But, as the girls have been doing of late we found a way to come away with a Win.”


The Lady Hornets are now 15-3-1 overall and 6-1 in district. They will play Forrest County Friday, January 22nd @ 530.






Poplarville Soccer Looking to Finish Strong

Poplarville soccer is now into the second half of their season. Both teams are looking to finish strong and earn a spot in the 4A state playoffs. The Lady Hornet soccer team has a record of 13-3-1 overall with a 4-1 district record. Lady Hornets are led by senior Mallory Nuccio. Mallory is leading the team in goals scored (18) and assist (7). She also is currently 5th in the state in goals scored in 4A. Merisa Myrick (Junior) is currently second on the team in goals scored (17) and sits at 6th in the state in goals scored in 4A. Holding the opposition from scoring this season is Kaitlyn Barber (Junior). Kaitlyn Leads the state in 4A with 98 saves. She is also second in 4A with a 1.3 goals against average. The Lady Hornets have scored 64 goals on the year and have had 17 goals scored against them.  They have 4 games remaining on the schedule with 3 of those being district contests.

On the boys side, the hornets have a team record of 10-3-2 overall and 2-1 in district play. They are led by Senior and Southwest Community College signee Derrick Houston who has 10 goals on the season. Derrick is currently 8th in 4A in goals scored. Coach Smith also is excited that some injured players are getting healthy. “Ethan McIntyre (Junior) coming back has helped us out a good bit. He is a very good player for us and we benefit from having him back in the lineup.” Austin Carter (Junior) is 2nd in 4A with 0.6 goals against average and is 5th in 4A with 89 saves. The Hornets have scored 34 goals this season and have allowed 11 goals against them.  They also have 4 games remaining on the schedule with 3 of those being district contests.

Both teams will play Greene County at home Tuesday, January 12th with game times starting at 5:30.  They will then travel to East Central Friday January 15th.

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2016 Prom Set For April 30

PHS Prom is April 30, 2016, from 8:00 p.m.- Midnight, at the National Guard Armory in Poplarville, MS. Students can begin registering Monday, January 11, 2016. Registration packets can be picked up in the High School office or the computer lab. This years Theme is "A Night in Disguise" Masquerade Ball. For more information contact Tammy Ladner.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 601-795-8424 ex. 5109.


PHS is having a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) Day March 2, 2016. Parents can call/email to set up a time to come in and get assistance with filling out the FASFA for their student. Appointments will be made in 30 minute increments and will begin at 9 am with the last appointment time at 3:30. For more information e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 601-795-7185 ex. 5109

PHS Teacher of the Year

Mrs. Laura Baird, 9th grade English teacher, was selected by her colleagues at Poplarville High School as Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016.

Mrs. Baird, from Hattiesburg, has 23 years of teaching experience.  She has been teaching English at Poplarville High School for the past 20 years.

Thank you for your hard work and dedication.





All District Selections for PHS Football

District 7-4A All District Selections are nominated and voted on by the coaches.  

All MVP team: Jesse Pernell, Austin Bolton, Austin Arceneaux, Julian Dotson, Jamerrick Waller, Tyler Fricke and Camden Ray.  Chad Hart was chosen for All District Defense MVP.

First Team All District Team: Turan Smith, Tristen Nichols, Aritaeus Johnson and Sye Blossman.

Honorable Mention: Shannon Nelson, Peyton Graham, Malik Gilmore, Taylor Wells, Neil Hickman and Trey Griffen.