Welcome Thames Elementary Students! Thames Elementary School is a K-8 school found in the Pine Belt. Located in Hattiesburg, our school is nearby the towns of serves at least 500 students grades Pre-kindergarten through Fifth grade. In 1906 he established South Mississippi College (where William Carey University stands today). He was principal and superintendent in several Mississippi towns. He served as Hattiesburg Superintendent of Schools from 1922-1939. Today, Thames Elementary serves students grades Pre-K through 5th grade.