Administrative Team

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Shane Jones, Head Principal

We welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year. When selecting courses, we ask that you confer with the counselors who will help you select the right courses for your specific needs. If the administration can help you in any way, please let us know.

Make use of the regulation handbook so that you will be properly informed of the policies, procedures, and organization of the school.

Let us work together to ensure that we have the best school year possible.

Principal's Bio

Shane Jones, a 1997 graduate of Southaven High School, has come home to his alma mater to serve as Principal.  Once a Charger, Always a Charger!

Mr. Jones received his Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Mississippi and a Masters Degree of Educational Leadership from Delta State University.

He taught Social Studies and Computer Discovery for four years at DeSoto Central Middle School where he also coached softball, basketball, and track.  For three years he served as Assistant Principal at Southaven Middle School followed by serving as an Assistant Principal for two years at SHS before being named Principal at Southaven High School.

Mr. Jones is married to Amanda and the father of three, Luke, Aaron, and Lyla Cate. His family attends Getwell Church, and his interests include hunting, golfing, and watching Ole Miss football.

Assistant Principals

Mr. Jermal Brown
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My name is Jermal Brown and I always look forward to serving the staff and students of Southaven High School as assistant principal.. I possess a Bachelors degree from Delta State University and a Masters degree from Arkansas State University. I have served as an assistant principal for eight years and I have worked two years at Central Services.

My family is small, but they play a huge role in my life. My wife Patricia is a nurse, my son Mario is a Medical Specialist in the ARMY and my daughter Jada is a senior at DCHS.  GO CHARGERS!

Mr. Chris Harlow

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Mr. Harlow comes to Southaven High School after being an assistant principal at Horn Lake High School for 3 years and Olive Branch Middle School. He has 20 years of experience in education and has served in several capacities over that span which includes teaching history, coaching, and driving a bus. Prior to coming to DeSoto County schools, he worked at North Panola High, as an assistant principal and began his teaching and coaching career with Madison (MS) County Schools.

Mr. Harlow is originally from Pontotoc, MS and graduated in 2002 from Mississippi State University with a B.S. in Secondary Social Studies Education. He continued his education at Mississippi College in Clinton, MS earning his M.Ed. (2007) and Ed. S. (2009) in School Leadership.

Developing positive relationships with everyone within the community, working with students as they grow, supporting teachers and staff so that they can reach their greatest potential, strengthening the connection between school and home, and fostering a positive school culture, are cornerstones to being a successful school. It is his belief that the school-to-home partnership is what allows us to provide an extraordinary school experience for all students.

Mr. Harlow lives in Southaven with his wife Marie and together they have 3 children.

Mr. Jeremy Russell

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Mr. Jeremy Russell is a 1998 graduate of Southaven High School.  After receiving his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration/Marketing from Union University, he worked as a Branch Manager for Regions Bank.  Mr. Russell began teaching Algebra 1 and Geometry at Southaven High School in 2008.  He has also taught Communications in Business and coached cross country, track, and was an assistant coach for girls basketball.  He earned his Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University in 2011.  He began as an Assistant Principal at SHS in the 2016-17 school year.

Mr. Russell lives in Southaven and is married to Jennifer Russell.  Together they have 3 children: Will, Jake and Baylee. His family attends Longview Heights Baptist Church in Olive Branch, MS.  He enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis, and watching Mississippi State sporting events.

Mr. Donny Smith

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Mrs. Janie Stafford

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With twenty-four years experience in DeSoto County Schools, Mrs. Stafford has been an administrator for fourteen years, but has also served as a teacher, interventionist, and even as a school bus driver.

Mrs. Janie Stafford is an Assistant Principal at Southaven High School. She has a master's degree from Delta State University in Educational Leadership, a bachelor's degree from the University of Mississippi in Elementary Education, and graduated from Southaven High School. 

Mrs. Stafford is a life-long resident of DeSoto County. She is married to Chris Stafford who also works for DCS and has a daughter, Rose Catherine who attends DCS. The Stafford family also have two fabulous dogs Scotch, a Boxer and Leo, a Dachshund.