Award Year: 2020

Center Hill High School

13250 Kirk Road
Olive Branch, MS, 38654-8481

(662) 890-2490

Mr. Doug Andrew Payne, Principal at time of Nomination

DeSoto County School District

School Website


Our school is committed to providing each student with meaningful experiences in a safe environment that enhances a lifelong love of learning, promotes a positive self-concept, encourages responsibility, creativity, individuality, and good citizenship, and regards high expectations of all students as the standard.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 40%
  • White: 50%
  • Hispanic: 7%
  • Asian: 2%
Seniors at elementary school for traditional Mustang Walk

Seniors at elementary school for traditional "Mustang Walk"

Center Hill High School is a 9-12 public high school located in Olive Branch, MS. Remedial, accelerated, dual credit, and Advanced Placement courses are all part of the course offerings in our school, and we consistently maintain a graduation rate of over 90%. We offer students a challenging curriculum while also providing a safe place to be themselves and reach their full potential. We pride ourselves on our family atmosphere. Students come to us with differing abilities, educational backgrounds, ethnicities, socio-economic statuses, motivations, interests, and potentials. We see ourselves as a family, and we welcome students to CHHS - no matter how they come to us. We have a tradition of meeting students where they are, teaming up and working together to deliver what they need. Our drive comes from our desire to make a difference and prepare students to be productive and successful after graduation, regardless of the path they choose. Our students deserve our best, and that is the expectation. We build relationships, and those relationships drive student achievement. Our students often communicate the sense of community and family that is present in the building. Former students frequently return to Center Hill High School as visitors, and some have returned "home" to teach. We believe that our culture not only encourages and supports excellence in academics and extracurricular activities, but also builds positive characteristics in our students for life after high school.