Did you hear about the principal who had a passion for order? On his desk were four baskets—one for "in," one for "out," one for "urgent" and a fourth marked "too tough."
A school is often only the lengthened shadow of its principal.
The outgoing principal was instructing his successor in human relations. "And remember, now, we have nothing but kind and cooperative patrons—until you try to change their reserved seats at basketball games."
A portion of the nomination statement of 1959 Principal of the Year: "This is a young man (37 years of age), old enough to be level headed, young enough to radiate the energies and enthusiasms of youth. He has keen sense of humor, a frequent, full- bodied laugh; yet serious, honest approach to the problems of his profession. He possesses a knack of guiding factions to work harmoniously together. He engenders proud supports from enthusiastic patrons."—Principals Leiter, Arthur C. Crofts Publication
Teacher (to Principal): "I understand you want to see me, sir."
The scowling principal replied, "No, I sent for you. There's a difference."
What does a principal do about the short and tight skirt situation. One secondary principals' group received board permission to develop a code on dress standards based upon neatness, good taste and economy. Principals will be empowered to make "emergency changes as deemed necessary."
The words "economy" and "emergency changes" leads one to think about those triangular skirts for very young ladies.
Schools there are of different kinds
For instance, "schools of fish"—
But if a school's to be not mere construction work of mortar, brick and wood in varying amounts
Let it be understood emphatically—It's the principal of the thing that counts.—Intercom, Junior High Schools of New York City
The comic magician was in need of an assistant to aid him in performing his mirth-provoking tricks, and was interviewing a young man who had applied for the job.
"I need a man to help me," stated the magician, "a man who can keep a straight face all through my performance, who will under no circumstances allow a smile to show on his face, no matter what silly things I might say or do. Now, what are your qualifications for this job?"
"Well," replied the young man, "I used to run errands for my high school principal."
Wilbur D. Coon, retiring principal of Maple Heights High School, Maple Heights, Ohio: "A good principal is like a human oil can. He just goes around oiling the squeaks."