Justin Hollis

Justin Hollis leaves Myrtle to take on new role as principal of Nettleton High School. File photo.

Brad Locke

Daily Journal

After getting the Myrtle football program on solid ground, Justin Hollis is moving on.

Hollis, 39, received school board approval on Tuesday to be the new principal at Nettleton High School.

He was named assistant principal at Myrtle in 2013 after serving as Vardaman’s head coach for five years. Hollis started Myrtle’s football program in 2016 with a junior high team, and the Hawks first played a varsity schedule last year, going 7-1.

“It’s always hard to leave the kids and the school where you're at,” Hollis said. “You have those connections that you make with kids, but with this great opportunity at a place like Nettleton to be the principal of the high school, it’s just something I couldn’t pass up.”

This fall, Myrtle will be a full-fledged member of the MHSAA and will compete in Division 1-1A. The Hawks open the season Aug. 23 at Vardaman.

“It’s a great situation that I was blessed to be a small part of, but I think those guys will be just fine and do a great job,” Hollis said.

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