Administrative Team

Principal Duane Case

Mr. Case

My wife Stephanie and I have been married for twenty-seven years.  She is an educational consultant and our son Keegan is a 10th grader at HHS this year. We live in Hernando and attend Longview Point Baptist Church.

I received a Bachelor’s degree and two Master’s degrees from Delta State University. My twenty-seven years of experience in education have all been in Desoto County Schools. For twelve years I served as a teacher and head baseball coach at HHS. I also served as an assistant football coach, class sponsor, and FCA sponsor. In 2006, I entered the Educational Leadership program at DSU. I served as assistant principal for two years at Horn Lake High School. In 2009, I became the principal at Desoto Central Middle School where I served for eight years.

It is a great honor to be the principal at HHS. Safety, academics, and extra-curricular activities are my priorities as principal. I am very proud of the accomplishments of HHS and look forward to maintaining the high standards of excellence for our students, staff, and administration. I look forward to a great school year and appreciate your support.

Assistant Principals

Caleb Shepard, Asst. Principal

Mr. Shepard, Asst. Principal

Mr. Caleb Shepard attended East Central Community College to earn his Associate's Degree, before continuing to Mississippi State University to receive his Bachelor's in Education.  To complete his schooling, he attended Arkansas State University to receive his Master's in Educational Leadership.  He now lives in Olive Branch with his wife Lindsey, his daughter and son.  He and his family are active members of Great Commission Church in Olive Branch.  In his free time he enjoys family, Bible study, golf, gardening and hunting.  What most attracted him to Hernando High School was the high standard of success.

Matthew Yardley, Asst. Principal

Mr. Yardley, Asst. Principal

My name is Matthew Yardley and I am very excited to serve as an assistant principal for Hernando High School! I am very excited to work with the students and teachers to continue to STRIVE to be the best that we can be as a team.

My beautiful wife (Shelby) and two boys (Knox & Rowan) live in Olive Branch and attend Life Fellowship Church.

In 2012, I graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. I earned my Master’s degree (MAT- alternate route) from Delta State University in 2015, and just completed my Specialist Degree from Arkansas State University in 2019.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions throughout the year.


Rebecca Newton, Asst. Principal

Rebecca Newton, Asst Principal

Mrs. Rebecca Newton has been an educator in DeSoto County for 16 years. She attended Purdue University and received a bachelor’s degree in nursing and practiced as a nurse for 19 years. She earned a Master’s degree in Ed at Delta State and Ed.S. in Educational Leadership at Belhaven University. She served Oak Grove Central Elementary, Southaven Middle School, and Lewisburg Middle School as a classroom teacher. 

Mrs. Newton lives in Hernando with her husband, Alan, and attends Life Fellowship Church. All four of her children graduated from DeSoto County Schools, 3 from Hernando High. She enjoys being outdoors, watching sports with her family, and spending time with her three grandchildren. She is excited to come back to Hernando and serve our school community.