|Southern High School|
8620 Preston Highway
|Motto||... where pride promotes performance ...|
|Established||1951; first graduating class: 1952|
|Principal||Dr. Tyler Shearon|
|Student to teacher ratio||15.38|
Southern High School Magnet Career Academy (MCA) was built in 1951, and the first graduating class was in 1952. All students had transferred from the recently closed Okolona High School, which became Okolona Elementary School. Its mission is to prepare students to be "productive members of a technologically advanced society."
Unlike in many high schools, students eventually choose a "major," including business technology, telecommunications, machine tool and die technology, and transportation technology.
Starting in the 2011–12 school year, the "Freshman Academy", which is devoted to help freshmen adjust to high school, was opened. Freshmen do not have their own lunch. However, they have taken a part of the 3rd and 2nd floor to be used as the Freshman Academy area.
Starting in the 2011–2012 school year, with the new principal came a change known as "Southern 3.0 Upgrade", in which the school has become more involved and more rigorous with learning.