Heather Cartwright, Rankin Principal
Heather Cartwright, Principal

Welcome to Rankin Elementary School! Rankin exemplifies the tradition of excellence consistent within the Tupelo Public School District having served our community successfully for more than 85 years. The efforts of our faculty members, students, and educational partners have been nationally recognized. In 2001 and 2009 the United States Department of Education recognized Rankin Elementary with the prestigious National Blue Ribbon School Award. We also pride ourselves on being in partnership with the Mississippi Arts Commission through the “Whole School Initiative” where we aspire to be a model school for arts integration.

Consistent with the mission of the Tupelo Public School District, Rankin Elementary serves the community by engaging each student in an exceptional educational opportunity that develops skills and citizenship needed for success in a global society. Rankin should be a safe haven for children to learn and grow socially, behaviorally, as well as academically. Personalizing the educational experience for each child engages the student and makes learning fun and meaningful.

Parental involvement is vital as we foster the relationship between school and home. When parents and schools work together with common goals, greater success is guaranteed for any child. Please know you are welcome at Rankin Elementary and your input and suggestions are valued. I am extremely excited to welcome you to Rankin Elementary and am honored to serve alongside you.

I look forward to many meaningful educational experiences together as we create pathways to success for all children. Welcome again to Rankin Elementary—home of the ALL-STARS where we take every opportunity to SHINE.


Heather Cartwright

Taylor Sparks
Taylor Sparks, Assistant Principal
Kimberly Huggins

Kimberly Huggins, Counselor