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Robert L. Sanders
Mendenhall High School Principal
Biography
Mr. Robert L. Sanders is a licensed and ordained minister of 21 years. Mr. Sanders is happily married to Mrs. Kendra L. Sanders and they have a 15-year-old son, Keaston M. Sanders. Robert attended Wingfield High School in the Jackson Public School District and graduated with honors with his high school diploma in 1995. Robert went to the University of Southern Mississippi to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in History with the intent to be a Social Studies Teacher. While at USM, Robert received several honors and awards such as: Most Outstanding Freshmen Male in 1996, Dean’s List Scholar, Member of Southern Style, Vice-President of the National Honor Society Alpha Lambda Delta, Student Body President and induction into the prestigious USM Hall of Fame. Robert graduated with honors from USM in 1999 with his Bachelor’s Degree in History and he began his teaching career at Jim Hill High School in the Jackson Public School District. Robert continued to teach history for 4 years while pursuing his Master’s Degree from Jackson State University in Education Administration. Robert graduated from Jackson State University in 2004 and was promoted to the position of Assistant Principal at Wingfield High School in Jackson Public Schools.

After serving as Assistant Principal for 3 years, Mr. Sanders was promoted to the position of Principal at Hattiesburg High School in the Hattiesburg Public School District. Mr. Sanders became the youngest person in the history of Hattiesburg High School to be named as Principal in addition to being the school’s first African American Male Principal. Mr. Sanders lead Hattiesburg High School for 6 successful years receiving many awards and accolades such as: Hattiesburg Public Schools District Administrator of the Year in 2008, 9th Grade Academy labeled a STAR (A) School in 2011, PREPS Awards for Outstanding Algebra I scores 2011 & 2012, complete turnaround in academic performance on all state test, and Mr. Sanders led Hattiesburg High School’s removal from the Federal School Improvement designation. Mr. Sanders received his Specialist Degree from USM in 2011 and is currently working on his Doctoral Degree in Education Administration and anticipates graduating with his PhD in December of 2017.

Mr. Sanders was named as the Principal of Mendenhall High School in the Simpson County School District in June of 2014. Mr. Sanders is in his 4th year as Principal and he has made a tremendous impact on Mendenhall High School and the community. Mr. Sanders was named Simpson County’s Administrator of the Year for 2015-2016 and was also honored as the finalist for Congressional District 3 Administrator of the Year in 2016. Mendenhall High School has seen great academic success under Mr. Sanders. The graduation rate has gone from 67.7% to 81.8% the average daily attendance has increased to 93.5% and the school’s accountability rating went from a “D” level to a “B” level. When a school increases 2 academic levels it is remarkable and noteworthy.