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313 Anderson Street Ellisville, MS 39437
(601) 477-8451 FAX: (601) 477-3505

South Jones High School is a public high school in Jones County in Ellisville, Mississippi. The original school was built in 1965 and was renovated in 1995. A special services building was built in 1993. South Jones High School serves grades 7-12 and has an enrollment of approximately 1,400 students. The school has an instructional staff of 94, four principals, and three counselors.


The faculty, staff, and students at SJHS recently collected $550 in honor of three students from West Jones who lost their lives in a tragic car accident. This money was donated in their memory to the Blair E. Batson Children's Hostpital in support of their Child Life Program. The donated money was used to purchase Wal-Mart gift cards for needy families who have patients at Blair E. Batson.

Be sure to look at the Middle School and High School Art Show pictures on the Art Page!

New Principal Introduction and Important 2015-2016 School Year Information

Click here to meet the new SJH principal, Dr. Billy R. Jones, as well as read important information for the upcoming school year!

Golf Teams Place in District and State Championships
girls golf boys golf
The SJHS Girls' Golf Team won in the district competition and finished in the top 10 in the State competition.
The SJHS Boys' Golf Team placed third in the District competition and finished in the top 16 in the State competition.
Girls (L-R): Emma Smithers, Macy Whindham, Jackie Carter
         Boys (L-R): John Henry Rayborn, Drew Guthrie, Cole Vaughn, Brody Smith
SJHS Recognizes Faculty and Staff for Their Years of Dedication to Education

A luncheon was held in honor of the retiring faculty and staff, and they received plaques commemorating their years of service.
Pictured L-R: Demple Smith - 35 1/2 years; Mike Moss - 26 years; Kitty Perry - 31 years
Good luck, and we will miss you!


South Jones’ Students Win Ipod Shuffles

During each semester, students at SJHS were nominated monthly by teachers as a Student of the Month Nominee.   Their names were then placed in a drawing by grade level, where they were eligible to win an Ipod Shuffle. The winners for this semester are pictured left to right:

7th Grade – Selena Chen
8th Grade – Kaitlyn Adams
9th Grade – Endia Holliday
10th Grade – Laura Ann Brown
11th Grade – Jacob Brannon
12th Grade – Jameshia Jordan

CONGRATULATIONS to these outstanding students.

Ipod Winners

Braves Basketball Receive Scholar Athlete Team Award

The South Jones Braves basketball team has received the Scholar Athlete Team Award for having a team grade point average of 3.0.
boys basketball


SJHS Baseball Team Reads to Children at South Jones Elementary School


South Jones High School Art Winner at PRCC

The South Jones High School Art Department is pleased to announce that art student, Lauren Jones, was the “Overall Runner-Up” award for her drawing titled, “Three Dimensional Skate Board Park” in the 2015 Congressional Art Competition.  The competition was hosted by U.S. Congressman
Steven Palazzo, at Pearl River Community College, Monday, April 20, 2015.  Her entry was one of 84 entries in the competition. 
Seven high schools in District IV competed.


South Jones High School Winners of Lauren Rogers Art Fair

The South Jones High School Art Department congratulates its arts students for placing in the 2015 Lauren Rogers Art Fair.  First Place went to
Shelley Yates for her study of Pablo Picasso.  Second Place went to Taylor Patterson for her study of Edger Degas. 
Third Place went to Emily Knotts for her study of Gustav Klimt.

Shelley Taylor
Shelley Yates - First Place Taylor Patterson - Second Place
Emily Knotts - Third Place
South Jones Lady Braves Basketball Kalen Phillips Signs with the University of Nebraska Omaha

South Jones standout Kalen Phillips signed to play basketball at the University of Nebraska Omaha April 16, 2015.
Pictured Sitting L-R: Rose Jones (grandmother), Nundra Jones (mother), Kalen Phillips, Jason Phillips, (father), Shaquita Jones (aunt)
Standing L-R: Coach Reynolds (Athletic Director), Tasha Peters (cousin), Madison Jones (sister), MacKenzie Jones (sister), Kyphus Phillips (brother), Coach Sherri Cooley (Lady Braves Basketball Coach)


SJHS 2015 Star Student, Thomas Gunnell
and Star Teacher, Mrs. Geri Hathorn

Star Student
South Jones High School is proud to announce Thomas Gunnell as the Class of 2015's STAR student. Thomas will graduate as a summa cum laude honors student and a Mississippi scholar. Thomas plans to attend the University of Alabama in the fall.
Thomas selected Mrs. Geri Hathorn as his STAR teacher.
River Prince Is April Laurel Sertoma Student of the Month
Pictured with Mr. Howard Patrick, River's U. S. History Teacher
Sertoma - April
Presenting the SJHS 2015 Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame
South Jones High School is proud to announce the Hall of Fame for the 2015 Senior Class. This group of students has played an important role in many student organizations and has high academic standards. We wish them all the best in their future pursuits.
First row (L to R): Kaylee Parker, Krista Beth Knight, Shreya Patel, Anna Kathryn Hodges, Lexi Guthrie, Katelyn Stone, Natalie Buckley
Second row: Ledaria Moody, Morgan Sparrow, Karly Jones, Mary Kate Smith, Kalen Phillips, Jade Sumrall
Third row: Ethan Laird, Wade Bush, Dalton Lewis, Mason Strickland
Fourth row: Thomas Gunnell, Thomas Bryant, Will Hodges, Colton Warden
SJHS Lady Braves Basketball Team Volunteers at Special Olympics
SJHS Lady Braves basketball team volunteered for the third consecutive year at Special Olympics. They worked the concession and sacked approximately 800 lunches for the participants. This is a service that they look forward to all year.
Lady Braves
South Jones Lady Braves Basketball LeDaria Moody Signs with JCJC
South Jones Lady Braves, LeDaria Moody, signed to play basketball with Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats April 9, 2015.
Joining LeDaria are (sitting) Pebbles Moody (mother), Darrell Moody (father)
.(standing) Kaylee Moody (sister); Timyada Jenkings (friend) ; SJ Coach Taphne Lott.

South Winners of William Carey University Art Scholarships

The South Jones High School Art Department is pleased to announce that two of its art students, Keegan Strickland and Lauren Jones placed in the William Carey University Art Competition.  The students pictured are tenth grade student, Keegan Strickland, who one "First Place" and a $1,000 scholarship and tenth grade student, Lauren Jones, who one "Best of Show" and a $2,000 scholarship.  The teachers, staff, and students at South Jones are so proud of these talented students and wish them the best in their future endeavors.

Keegan art winner
Mrs. Wansley's AP English Students Present a Multigenre Museum
AP English 1
Multigenre Museum 2 Multigenre Museum 3
Multigenre Museum 4 Multigenre Museum 5
On March 5, 2015, more than 200 members of the community observed the Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition students at South Jones High School present their first Multigenre Museum. In addition to this year's traditional research paper, these students incorporated their research findings and information in creative ways through multiple mediums. This event allowed students to  experiment with various literacies to represent key learning and understandings and provided them an audience with which they could orally present their learning artifacts.
South Jones Beta Club Assists Piney Woods Region Special Olympic Spring Games
Beta Club
On Friday, March 27, 2015, the Senior High Beta Club at South Jones High School traveled to JCJC to assist with the
Piney Woods Region Special Olympic Spring Games

Elizabeth Probst Chosen for People to People Ambassador Program
Class of 2015


Elizabeth Probst, a freshman at South Jones High School, was recently accepted into the People to People Ambassador Program class of 2015.  Mrs. Lynn Swindle, her English I teacher, nominated Elizabeth based on her scholastic merit, leadership potential, and exemplary citizenship.  Leadership Ambassadors are chosen from around the globe to participate in summits on careers in diplomacy, technology, film, business, and medicine at a prestigious American campus.  Elizabeth will attend the Medicine and Health Care Leadership Summit in July at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she plans to explore a future career as a surgeon.

Pictured above with Elizabeth are Dr. Catherine Ladner (9th-10th grade principal) and Mrs. Lynn Swindle, her English I teacher.

Kirkland McDuffie is Senior High Beta Club State President
Congratulations to South Jones Junior Kirkland McDuffie. Kirkland was elected Senior HIgh Beta Club State President at state convention in Tupelo. He plans to run for national beta president this summer in Nashville at the Senior High Beta National Convention.
South Jones' Lady Braves Soccer Standout Signs with Southern Miss
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On February 4, surrounded by family, friends, coaches, and teammates, Mary Kate Smith, signed a scholarship to continue her soccer career at
The University of Southern Mississippi. Mary Kate, is the daughter of Jesse and Jennifer Smith of Ellisville, and sister to Conner.
Mason Strickland Staying in Ellisville

South Jones senior baseball player Mason Strickland will be in Ellisville for at least two more seasons following his playing career on The Reservation as he recently signed to play for Jones County Junior College.  Strickland helped the Braves reach the playoffs last season and a 15-12 record by compiling a 10-0 record on the mound.  Strickland finished with a 1.42 ERA in 59.1 innings of work, striking out 66 and walking 17.  Strickland threw eight complete games.  At the plate, he hit .364 with 33 RBIs.  Strickland and the Braves are scheduled to open the 2015 season when they face Stringer on Feb. 27. 

Pictured seated (from left):  Father Mike Strickland, Mason Strickland, mother Angela Strickland, and brother Maddox Strickland.  Standing:  South Jones Assistant Coach Ian Sharp, brother Blake Strickland, and South Jones Head Coach Jordan Rogers.

Mrs. Tina Walters Is SJHS Teacher of the Year

Mrs. Tina Walters has been selected as the SJHS Teacher of the Year by her peers. Mrs. Walters has taught chemistry for five years at South Jones. She lives in Ovett with her husband, Shelby, and has two sons, McCoy and Macon. She is an active member of First Baptist Church in Ellisville.

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