Pearl is a city located in Rankin County, Mississippi. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 21,961.
On October 1, 1997, 16-year old Luke Woodham stabbed his mother to death. He then took a rifle to his school, Pearl High School. He shot and killed his ex-girlfriend and another student while maiming another seven. Six other boys were later arrested for conspiring with Luke in the school shooting, although all save one were cleared of all charges. The assistant principal of Pearl High, Joel Myrick, pulled a gun from his pickup truck, intercepted Woodham and held him until police arrived.
Today, Pearl is a growing community across the Pearl River from Jackson. It is Mississippi's 13th largest city. Pearl has a new AA Baseball team, named the Mississippi Braves, with their first game set for April 2005. Pearl is also opening a new Bass Pro Shop off of I-20, next to the baseball stadum. It will sit next to a 17 acre lake. The development will have a new hotel and new shops set around a river walk.
Web Sites and Links
Pearl Chamber of CommerceInformation about the city, the county, and economic development efforts. Includes a directory of member businesses.