The DeSoto County School District is dedicated to ensuring academic excellence through quality leadership and instructional efforts within a conducive learning environment.
I am Walls Elementary, the Pride of the Delta.
I will be responsible for what I do.
I will respect myself and others.
I will be kind and be the best that I can be.
I am a Walls Gator!
Be responsible the Gator way!
Be respectful, kind and safe!
The Town of Walls is located in Northwest Desoto County near the Mississippi River, a region referred to as “ The Delta,” known for it’s rich dark soil. Walls was originally named Alpika, an old Chickasaw Indian word. The trail of Hernando Desoto leads through Desoto County to Walls. The name was changed to Walls in 1906. Walls was named after Captain June Walls who served in the War Between the States. Captain Walls was an early settler and merchant of the region I in the 1880’s. The railroad played a big part in the growth of the area in the early to mid 1900’s. The mechanical revolution of the 1950’s and 1960’s changed Walls. With the advent of tractors and modern farming equipment the face of the community was forever changed. Today, Walls is a community rich in agriculture. Cotton, soybeans, rice and corn can all be seen growing around Walls.
One of the biggest names in Blues music, Memphis Minnie, called Walls “home”. She came from Algiers, Louisiana to play the Memphis Beal street circuit in 1904. Minnie joined up with future husband and musician Joe “Kansas Joe” McCoy and the popular duo signed with Columbia records. One of their most recognized songs is ”When the Levee Breaks.” Memphis Minnie died August 6, 1973 and was laid to rest in New Hope Cemetery in the Town of Walls. Her headstone was made possible by contributions from famous musicians Bonnie Rait and John Fogerty.
Another famous resident of Walls is Sacred Heart League Inc. In 1947 the Catholic Church opened Sacred Heart School in Walls. Eight years later Father Gregory Berg created Sacred Heart Auto League. The League's mission was to encourage people across the nation to drive “prayerfully” and “carefully” to reduce road fatalities. The Auto League’s symbol was a plastic statue of Jesus that became nationally known as “Dashboard Jesus.”
The Town of Walls, which has been an official community since the early 1900’s, is inexorably connected to the tiny Village of Memphis, Mississippi, incorporated in the early 1970s and located just south of the Town of Walls. In 2003 the Village of Memphis annexed a large portion of Walls, thereby giving the Town of Walls the official status of a municipality. The town currently has a population of just over 1200. We are proud to be a part of the Delta Bluffs Scenic Byway, as well as home to the first section of the Johnson Creek Greenway.