Pelahatchie High School

Home of the Chiefs


  • Our Mission Statement: 

    Pelahatchie High School challenges students in a solid educational environment of academics, applied technology, extracurricular activities, and community service.  Students develop empowerment skills through independent thinking, problem solving, and team-building opportunities. 

    Pelahatchie High School is located in eastern Rankin County in the town of Pelahatchie. Grades 7 – 12 are served with an enrollment of 365 students. The staff consists of 35 certified educators as well as 22 classified support personnel. Fifty percent of the certified staff have earned advanced degrees, and three teachers are National Board Certified.  


    • Beta Club School of Merit 2015, 2016, 2017
    • Governors Award for Exemplary Partnerships 2018 (Basic Manufacturing Skills in partnership with Multicraft International)
    • Governors Award for Exemplary Partnerships 2018 (Pelahatchie High Senior Class in partnership with Get2College)
    • Governors Award for Exemplary Partnerships 2018 (Pride of Pelahatchie Marching Band in partnerhsip with the Mississippi Symphonic Band / Mississippi Swing) 
    • Mrs. Althea Woodson named Secondary Teacher of the Year RCSD 2017
    • 54 Seniors qulaified for $3,067,000 in scholarship money 2017
    • 88% of the 2017 Graduating Class went on to some College Education
    • B Rating by the Mississippi Department of Education 2017
    • Gold Key Award winner for Beta Club Enrollment 2016
    • USDA Healthier US School Silver Level 2017
    • 2013 - 2015 High Performing School
    • 2013 US News and World Report National Silver Medal School
    • 2012, 2013, 2015 US News and World Report National Bronze Medal School
    • 2010 Distinguished Title I School
    • Energy Star School 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
    • 14 PREPS Value Added Awards
    • STEM and Academy Design Pilot (Basic Manufacuting Skills in conjunciton with Multicraft International and Hinds Community College, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and JROTC)   
    • MDE High School Redesign Initiative Participant

    Because Pelahatchie High School has a school-wide Title I program, the school receives federal funding that provides technology, curriculum supplies, and parenting resources. 

    Core Beliefs

    • To approach each day with a servant's heart; - The definition of a servant is someone who will do anything for you and you for them - with the utmost selflessness, respect, integrity, trust and loyalty.
    •  To develop and instill a culture of literacy within our classrooms as well as in our homes;
    •  To maintain a professional attitude - of preparedness for EVERY class, high work ethic, accountability, and active professional learning to maintain high standards for ourselves as teachers and for our students;
    •  Be future-minded in teaching - not just preparing students for today, but what they can become in the future.  This includes developing a student to his/her fullest potential in every facet - socially, educationally, and in extra-curricular activities.
    •  Honor - the ultimate authority in the classroom is the teacher.  There is a fine balance between firm but understanding.  The more we care for students, the more students will begin to honor us.  Students will do more to please us because they do not want to disappoint us.