Purvis High School

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Purvis High School is a school within the Lamar County School District. It is located at 220 School St., Purvis, Mississippi.[1]

The school colors are purple and gold. The school mascot is a tornado, named after the deadly tornado that struck on April 24, 1908.

Statistics[edit]

At last count, the school had approximately 550 students enrolled and about 36 teachers employed.

Administration[edit]

Head Principal- Brad skeen

Vice Principal- Stacy Johnson

Secretary- Gail Taylor

Attendance Clerk- Jenah Cagle

Guidance Counselor- Mary Ann Lambeth

Athletics[edit]

Purvis High School is home to the Purvis Tornadoes. The school has football, basketball, baseball, soccer, golf, tennis, softball, track & field, and swimming teams.

Baseball[edit]

State Champions South State Champions/State Runner-up Division Champions
Academic
Year
Class Coach Final
Record
Season Results
2000-2001 8-3A Tony Farlow 14-11 Lost 1st round playoff (West Lauderdale) 0-2
2001-2002 8-3A Tony Farlow 29-9 Won 1st round playoff (North Pike) 2-0
Won 2nd round playoff (Morton) 2-0
Won 3A South State Championship (Greene Co.) 2-1
Lost 3A State Championship (Senatobia) 0-2
2002-2003 8-3A Tony Farlow 24-9 Won 1st round playoff (Morton) 2-1
Won 2nd round playoff (Philadelphia) 2-0
Lost 3A South State Championship (Greene Co.) 1-2
2003-2004 8-3A Tony Farlow 32-6 Won 1st round Double Elimination Tournament (Carthage, Morton, West Marion) 3-1
Won 2nd round playoff (Raleigh) 2-0
Won 3A South State Championship (West Lauderdale) 2-1
Won 3A State Championship (Cleveland) 2-1
Ranked #1 in the Clarion Ledger final season poll.
2004-2005 8-3A Tony Farlow 24-11 Won 1st round Double Elimination Tournament (Columbia, Franklin Co., Hazelhurst) 3-0
Won 2nd round playoff (Morton) 2-0
Won 3A South State Championship (West Lauderdale) 2-1
Won 3A State Championship (Senatobia) 2-0
2005-2006 8-3A Tony Farlow 10-12 Missed Playoffs
2006-2007 8-3A Tony Farlow 21-13 Won 1st round playoff (South East Lauderdale) 2-0
Won 2nd round playoff (Richland) 2-0
Won 3A South State Championship (Sumrall) 2-1
Lost 3A State Championship (Nettleton) 1-2
2007-2008 8-3A Tony Farlow 17-10 Won 3A 1st round playoff (Jefferson Co.) 2-0
Lost 3A 2nd round playoff (Newton Co.) 0-2
2008-2009 8-3A Tony Farlow 23-8 Won 3A 1st round playoff (Magee) 2-0
Won 3A 2nd round playoff (Newton Co.) 2-1
Won 3A 3rd round playoff (Perry Central) 2-0
Lost 3A South State Championship (Sumrall) 0-2
2009-2010 8-4A Tony Farlow 17-10 Lost 4A 1st round playoff (West Lauderdale) 1-2
2010-2011 8-4A Tony Farlow 20-8 Bye 4A 1st round playoff (Received bye for winning district championship)
Won 4A 2nd round playoff (Lawrence Co.) 2-0
Won 4A 3rd round playoff (Magee) 2-1
Lost 4A South State Championship (Columbia) 0-2
2011-2012 7-4A Tony Farlow 26-5 Bye 4A 1st round playoff (Received bye for winning district championship)
Won 4A 2nd round playoff (Newton Co.) 2-0
Won 4A 3rd round playoff (Richland) 2-0
Won 4A South State Championship (West Lauderdale) 2-0
Won 4A State Championship (Lewisburg) 2-1
#1 in state and #5 in nation in team ERA.
2012-2013 7-4A Tony Farlow 15-12 Bye 4A 1st round playoff (Received bye for winning district championship)
Lost 4A 2nd round playoff (Germantown) 0-2
2013-2014 7-4A Tony Farlow 27-10 Won 4A 1st round playoff (Quitman) 2-0
Won 4A 2nd round playoff (St. Stanislaus) 2-0
Won 4A 3rd round playoff (Richland) 2-0
Won 4A South State Championship (Columbia) 2-0
Lost 4A State Championship (West Lauderdale) 0-2
14 seasons 299-134
69%
13 playoff appearances
41 playoff rounds played (65-26)
5 District Championships('02, '05, '11, '12, '13)
6 South State Championships ('02, '04, '05, '07, '12, '14)
3 State Championships ('04, '05, '12)

Purvis Tornado Baseball Players at the next level

Name Grad Year College College / Pro Comments
Kenny Rayborn 1993 Seattle Mariners 67th Rd Pick Rangers
Chad Young 1995 Pearl River CC
Scott Blackwell 1996 Pearl River CC
Forrest Hudson 1996 Pearl River CC Mississippi Valley State
Curtis Young 1996 Texas Rangers 47th Rd Pick Rangers
Kris Rayborn 1998 St. Louis Cardinals 6th Rd Pick Cardinals
James Cagle 1998 Pearl River CC
Walter Young 1999 Pittsburg Pirates 31st Rd Pick Pirates, MLB debut with Orioles 9/6/2005
Eric Adkins 1999 Pearl River CC William Carey University William Carey single season HR record holder (21)
Jeremy Chance 1999 Pearl River CC
Derek Swan 1999 Pearl River CC
Todd Sandifer 1999 Pearl River CC
Paul Purvis 1999 Pearl River CC
Brent Robertson 2000 Pearl River CC
Andy McCarter 2002 William Carey University
Kyle Lindsey 2005 Pearl River CC University of Southern Mississippi 2009 College World Series as member of USM, 2008 PRCC All-American
Nick Smith 2006 Pearl River CC University of Southern Mississippi 2009 College World Series as member of USM
Robert Marzoni 2009 Pearl River CC Belhaven University
Luke Gipson 2010 Southwest CC
Bradley Rayborn 2011 Pearl River CC
Trace Robinson 2011 Pearl River CC
Logan Ferrell 2012 Southwest CC Mississippi College 2011, 2012 4a All State
Phillip Lott 2012 Copiah-Lincoln CC 2012 4A Player of Year
Joseph Barrett 2013 Pearl River CC
Lane Ratliff 2013 Jones County CC Seattle Mariners 6th Rd Pick Mariners (2014)
Brady Anderson 2014 Southwest CC 2014 1st Team All-State
Nathan Roseberry 2015 East Central CC
Will Curtis 2015 East MS CC
Jacob Williams 2015 Belhaven University

(*) The records, opponents, and season results have been verified using microfilm of past issues of the Hattiesburg American located in Cook Library on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi.
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Football[edit]

The team plays in Cowart Stadium, named for past football coach Don Cowart. Below is a chart depicting the Tornadoes' history, followed by a synopsis of selected seasons. (Team in parenthesis is opponent).

Playoff Appearance Division Champions Winning Season Coach's Totals
Year Class Coach Season Final PF PA Season Results
1941-1942 Don Cowart 8-0 11-0 325 19 Won 1st round playoff (Mt. Olive)
Won 2nd round playoff (Lumberton)
Won 3rd Round playoff (FCAHS)
Unscored upon during regular season
Don Cowart
1964-1965 Desoto ? 4-4-2 4-4-2 132 110
1974-1975 Apache Jack Craft
1975-1976 Apache Jack Craft 8-2 8-3 232 78 Lost Apache Championship (TBD)
1976-1977 Apache Jack Craft
1977-1978 Apache Jack Craft
1978-1979 Apache Jack Craft 7-1-1 8-1-1 Won Apache Championship (West Marion)
1979-1980 Apache Jack Craft 5-4 5-4 156 109
1980-1981 Apache Jack Craft 6-3 6-3-1 140 124 Tied Apache Championship (Poplarville)
Mississippi High School Athletic Association Reorganization (Changed to Championship Format)
1981-1982 8-A North Jack Craft 2-7 (1-2) 2-7
1982-1983 8-A North Jack Craft 5-4 (4-2) 5-4
1983-1984 8-A North Jack Craft 4-6 (2-2) 4-6
1984-1985 8-3A North Jack Craft 4-6 (2-2) 4-6
1985-1986 8-3A North Jack Craft 9-1 (4-0) 9-2 Lost 8-3A Division Championship (Bay High)
1986-1987 8-3A North Jack Craft 5-5 (3-1) 5-5 154 184
1987-1988 15-3A Jack Craft 5-4 (1-3) 5-4
1988-1989 15-3A Jack Craft 1-8 (1-3) 1-8
1989-1990 15-3A Jack Craft 5-5 (3-2) 5-5
Jack Craft
1990-1991 15-3A Robert Walker 3-7 (2-3) 3-7
1991-1992 8-3A Robert Walker 1-9 (1-5) 1-9
1992-1993 8-3A Robert Walker 1-9 (1-5) 1-9
3 seasons Robert Walker 5-25 5-25 16.67% overall win percentage
1993-1994 8-3A Jim Sizemore 4-7 (3-3) 4-7 148 185
1994-1995 8-3A Jim Sizemore 4-6 (2-4) 4-6 148 205
1995-1996 8-3A Jim Sizemore 9-2 (4-1) 9-3 236 125 Lost 3A 1st round playoff (Forest)
1996-1997 8-3A Jim Sizemore 10-0 (5-0) 10-1 267 49 Lost 3A 1st round playoff (Prentiss)
1997-1998 8-3A Jim Sizemore 10-0 (5-0) 12-1 397 125 Won 3A 1st round playoff (Amite Co.)
Won 3A 2nd round playoff (Forest)
Lost 3A South State Championship (Magee)
1998-1999 8-3A Jim Sizemore 9-1 (5-0) 10-2 303 70 Won 3A 1st round playoff (Velma Jackson)
Lost 3A second round playoff (Magee)
6 seasons Jim Sizemore 46-16 49-20 1,499 759 71.01% overall win percentage
1999-2000 8-3A Ken Chandler 2-8 (0-6) 2-8 135 225
2000-2001 8-3A Ken Chandler 1-10 (0-6) 1-10 76 245
2001-2002 8-3A Ken Chandler 2-8 (1-5) 2-8 155 195
3 seasons Ken Chandler 5-26 5-26 366 665 16.13% overall win percentage
2002-2003 8-3A Wayne Carr 3-7 (1-5) 3-7 130 175
2003-2004 8-3A Wayne Carr 5-5 (4-2) 5-6 205 196 Lost 3A 1st round playoff (West Lauderdale)
2004-2005 8-3A Wayne Carr 3-7 (2-4) 3-7 170 323
2005-2006 8-3A Wayne Carr 2-6 (1-5) 2-6 95 194
4 seasons Wayne Carr 13-25 13-26 600 888 33.33% overall win percentage
2006-2007 8-3A Perry Wheat 2-8 (0-6) 2-8 123 281
2007-2008 8-3A Perry Wheat 5-5 (3-3) 6-6 300 337 Won 3A 1st round playoff (South Pike)
Lost 3A 2nd round playoff (Raleigh)
2008-2009 8-3A Perry Wheat 7-3 (4-2) 7-4 311 203 Lost 3A 1st round playoff (Hazelhurst)
2009-2010 8-4A Perry Wheat 6-4 (4-2) 6-5 280 260 Lost 4A 1st round playoff (Laurel)
2010-2011 8-4A Perry Wheat 9-1 (5-1) 10-2 413 187 Won 4A 1st round playoff (South Pike)
Lost 4A 2nd round playoff (Mendenhall)
2011-2012 7-4A Perry Wheat 7-3 (4-1) 7-4 271 227 Lost 4A 1st round playoff (Quitman)
2012-2013 7-4A Perry Wheat 8-2 (4-1) 9-4 424 245 Won 4A 1st round playoff (Poplarville)
Lost 4A 2nd round playoff (Quitman)
2013-2014 7-4A Perry Wheat 9-3 (4-1) 9-3 411 231 Won 4A 1st round playoff (Lawrence County)
Won 4A 2nd round playoff (Poplarville)
Lost 4A 3rd round playoff (Quitman)
2014-2015 7-4A Perry Wheat 11-3 (4-1) 11-3 528 391 Won 4A 1st round playoff (Newton County)
Won 4A 2nd round playoff (Vancleave)
Won 4A 3rd round playoff (Poplarville)
Lost 4A 4th round playoff (St. Stainislaus)
8 seasons Perry Wheat 55-29 47-33 2,122 1,740 65.47% overall win percentage
43 seasons 8 coaches 18 playoff appearances
6 Division Titles
19 winning seasons

2005-2006 Season shortened by Hurricane Katrina. [3] [4]

Due to actions on part of both schools in a past season, Purvis High School and Lumberton High School can no longer compete with each other in football.

Arts[edit]

Pride of Purvis Band

The band, currently under direction of Nicole Allen, has achieved many honors.



Theatre

Advanced to State Competition

Under the former direction of Parker McMullan, the Purvis High School Theatre Department has prevailed in many competitions across the state. Every year, Purvis High School attends the Southwest Drama Festival hosted at the University of Southern Mississippi. They have received over thirteen All-Star cast medals, a distinguished play award advancing them to the Mississippi Theatre Association Festival, and an Outstanding Leadership Award. Purvis also participates at the Mississippi Theatre Association Festival. At MTA, Purvis has placed in the design competitions for the past four years, received several all-star cast medals, and have won awards in the 10 Minute Play Competition. At the end of the 2006-2007 school year, Purvis was selected to attend the 2008 American High School Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. In early August 2008, Purvis traveled to Scotland and performed.[5] Mrs. Parker McMullan stepped down as director at the end of the 2008-2009 school year. The Purvis High School Theatre Department is currently under the direction of Ms. Dana Coghlan and is in a process of "reorganization".

Academic Year Director Honors and Awards
2003-2004 Parker McMullan Southwest Drama Festival All Star Cast – Wesley Guthrie, Mississippi Theatre Association Acting Award in 10 Minute Play Competition – Casey Keith
2004-2005 Parker McMullan Tennessee Williams Festival Honorable Mention in Scene Competition – Katie Johnson, Brandy Edick, Nathan Anderson, Southwest Drama Festival All Star Cast - Sassy Scheurich, Mississippi Theatre Association Best Writer in 10 Minute Play Competition – Matt Clark, ITS Festival All Superior Costume Design - Grant Stephens
2005-2006 Parker McMullan Southwest Drama Festival All Star Cast – Nathan Anderson, Kristi Masters, Melissa Barber, Ryan Siccone, Brandy Edick, Heather Miller, Tish Holden, Mississippi Theatre Association Best Writer in 10 Minute Play Competition and Overall Best Production – Zac Evans, 2nd Place Costume Design – Grant Stephens, 2nd Place Publicity Design – Kristi Masters, ITS Festival All Superior Costume Design – Grant Stephens
2006-2007 Parker McMullan Southwest Drama Festival Distinguished Play Award – Advancement to State Competition, (A.D. Brandy Edick/ T.D. Nicole Neal) All Star Cast – Nathan Anderson, Mississippi Theatre Association All Star Cast – Brandy Edick, Carrie Stanford, Kayleigh Webb, 1st Place Publicity Design – Nathan Anderson, 3rd Place Costume Design – Grant Stephens, American High School Theatre Festival chose The PHS Theatre Department to perform within an international forum. (Edinburgh, Scotland)
2007-2008 Parker McMullan Southwest Drama Festival All Star Cast – Nathan Anderson, Mississippi Theatre Association Theatre for Youth All Star Cast – Nathan Anderson, Britni Ferguson, 1st Place Costume Design – Nathan Anderson, 3rd Place Publicity Design – Nathan Anderson, 3rd Place Scenic Design – Hannah Berman, Best Director in a Ten Minute Play - Kirstin Taylor
2008-2009 Parker McMullan Southwest Drama Festival All Star Cast – Kirstin Taylor, Kayleigh Webb, Outstanding Leadership Award - Kirstin Taylor, Mississippi Theatre Association Best Director and Best Ensemble in 10 Minute Play Competition - Kirstin Taylor, All-Star Cast in 10 Minute Play Competition - Adam Rouse, 2nd Place Costume Design - Kayleigh Webb, 1st Place Publicity Design - Terry Smith
2009-2010 Dana Coghlan Southwest Drama Festival All Star Cast – Shaun DeRusha
2010-2011 Dana Coghlan Southwest Drama Festival All Star Cast – Haley Ford

References[edit]

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