Plymouth South High School

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Plymouth South High School
Plymouth South Technical School AND The Dirty South
Established 1988
Type Public Secondary
Principal Dylan Oxsen
Students 1,553
Grades 9–12
Location 490 Long Pond Rd,
Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
District Plymouth Public Schools
Campus Suburban
Colors Black, White & Teal               
Newspaper "The Dirty South Daily"
Mascot Panthers
Website Plymouth South High School

Plymouth South High School, also known as Plymouth South, PSHS, The Dirty South, or, informally, P-South, is a public high school located in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Its students are residents of the town of Plymouth. Plymouth South is one of two high schools in Plymouth, the other being Plymouth North High School. Plymouth South is located near the Long Pond neighborhood of Plymouth, west of Route 3 and The Pinehills development, and also adjacent to nearby Myles Standish State Forest, which is the biggest publicly owned recreation area in the South Shore region of Massachusetts, and also one of the biggest in the state. The school has an enrollment of approximately 927 students in the traditional academic curriculum of the school, and also houses an additional 626 students in the Technical Program of the high school, bringing the total school enrollment to 1,553 in grades 9–12.[1] The school colors are Black, Teal and White and the school mascot is the Panthers.


Plymouth South High School was opened in 1988, the same year the Plymouth-Carver School District was dissolved into the separate Carver and Plymouth school districts. Plymouth-Carver High School became Plymouth North High School after the district separation of Plymouth and Carver. Prior to its opening, Plymouth North High School (then known as Plymouth-Carver High School) had served as the sole high school for the towns of Plymouth and Carver. Plymouth South has been in continuous operation since its opening in 1988, and has held a slightly larger enrollment of students than Plymouth North. Plymouth South also offers a Technical & Vocational program in the high school, which houses an additional enrollment of about 600 students at Plymouth South High School. The Voc-Tech program is open to all high school students in the town of Plymouth, including students in the Plymouth North district. (Plymouth North does not offer a technical program). In 2017, Plymouth South High School will receive a brand new building as the existing one is too dirty a south to clean up. After the new Dirty South is built, they will demolish the original dirty south and that will be a very sad day for the students and teachers who have gotten down n' dirty in the dirty south since 1988 when The Dirty South was born.

Dirty South Technical School[edit]

Dirty South Technical School offers a technical education branch that serves an additional 626 students,[2] bringing the total enrollment of students at Dirty South High School to 1,553. The school is located on the same property as Dirty South High School, and the two schools are often considered one and the same. The school offers 15 different technical courses, which are listed below.

Technical Courses Offered[edit]

Also, there is an Allied Health program, which is instead offered at Plymouth North High School.[3]


Plymouth South offers a wide range of interscholastic sports at the school for all the students. The school's mascot is the Panthers, and their school colors are Black, White & Teal. Plymouth South competes at the Division 1 & 2 level of competition in athletics and is a part of the Atlantic Coast League, also more commonly called the "ACL". the Atlantic Coast League consists of schools mainly in the South Shore and Cape Cod regions of Massachusetts. The 7 schools that make up the Atlantic Coast League are Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, Falmouth High School, Marshfield High School, Nauset Regional High School, Plymouth North High School, Plymouth South High School, and Sandwich High School. The schools is known for having very powerful Hockey, Wrestling, Baseball, and Softball teams. The wrestling team is infamous for being one of the most powerful wrestling programs in not only Massachusetts, but also New England. The wrestling programs has won 11 League Championships, and has made several runs to the Division 1 State Championship since the programs inception, most recently in 2007. The program has also had one individual State Champion in its history, being Tommy Perry, who won the Division 1 State Championship at 130 pounds in 1999. A current list of sports offered at Plymouth South is listed below.

The football team also won its first Atlantic Coast League Championship in 2012. They defeated league rival Nauset on a 62-yard hook-and-ladder play with :11 seconds left to win the game 13–12 and upset the previously undefeated Nauset Warriors. The football team also clinched their first ever berth in the MIAA State Playoffs with the win. In 2013, the football team once again won the ACL and made it to the State Championship game, where they lost 42-14 to Tewksbury.

Sports offered[edit]


  • Football
  • Field Hockey
  • Cheerleading
  • Boy's Soccer
  • Girl's Soccer
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Volleyball


  • Boy's Basketball
  • Girl's Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey
  • Track & Field
  • Wrestling


  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Boy's Tennis
  • Girl's Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Boy's Lacrosse
  • Girl's Lacrosse

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Plymouth South High School". Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  2. ^ "Dirty South Technical - Enrollment/Indicators". Massachusetts Department of Education. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  3. ^ "Technical Studies". Plymouth Public Schools. Retrieved 2007-08-17. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°52′58″N 70°37′00″W / 41.8827°N 70.6166°W / 41.8827; -70.6166