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The Greatest Fictional School Principals

Updated August 9, 2019 643 votes 106 voters 2k views20 items

List RulesFilm and TV appearances only

Listen up, students. We're ranking the best fictional school principals of all time. You probably didn't like your middle or high school principal all that much growing up. Maybe you had a few choice words you would have liked to have given them but never said (for obvious reasons). Now’s your chance to finally give your favorite (or least favorite) fictional principal a little karma.

Some of these principals may be stricter than others, like the Ferris Bueller principal, but that doesn’t mean they don’t care. Albus Dumbledore, from the Harry Potter series, is easily one of the most iconic school principals of all time. He's always willing to give out a few more house points at the end of the school year - just as long as you saved the world from the ultimate evil. Seymour Skinner from The Simpsons may be out of the loop, but that doesn’t mean he’s out to ruin Bart and Lisa’s lives. Too bad we can't same the same about Principal Rooney from Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Which principal character is your favorite?

Do your homework and vote up the characters who put the "pal" in "principal," so they can reach the top of the list.

  • 1
    Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World
    36
    8

    Played ByWilliam Daniels

    George Feeny (William Daniels) is a constant mentor to Cory and his friends. He first appears on the show as their school teacher, principal, and neighbor, and eventually toward the later years,...  more
  • 2
    The Simpsons, The Simpsons Movie
    38
    11

    Played ByHarry Shearer

    Principal Seymour Skinner is a fictional character in the American animated sitcom The Simpsons, who is voiced by Harry Shearer. He is the principal of Springfield Elementary School, which he...  more
  • 3
    Harry Potter Universe
    41
    14

    Played ByMichael Gambon, Richard Harris

    Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is a fictional character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. For most of the series, he is the headmaster of the wizarding school Hogwarts. As...  more
  • 4
    Saved by the Bell, Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style
    32
    9

    Played ByDennis Haskins

  • 5
    The Breakfast Club, Not Another Teen Movie
    25
    7

    Played ByPaul Gleason

    Richard Vernon is a fictional character from the 1985 film The Breakfast Club....  more
  • 6
    Mean Girls 2
    28
    12

    Played ByTim Meadows

    Principal Duvall is a fictional character from the 2011 film Mean Girls 2....
  • 7
    X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past
    25
    10

    Played ByPatrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Laurence Belcher, Tracy Morgan

    Charles Xavier is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics and is the founder and leader of the X-Men. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, the...  more
  • 8
    23
    7

    Played ByMorgan Freeman

    Principal Joe Clark is a fictional character from 1989 film Lean on Me....
  • 9
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    24
    15

    Played ByJeffrey Jones

    Ed Rooney is a fictional character from Ferris Bueller's Day Off....  more
  • 10
    Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II
    17
    8

    Played ByJames Tolkan

    Mr. Strickland is a fictional character from parts I and II of the Back to the Future film trilogy....  more
  • 11
    Grease 2, Grease
    17
    11

    Played ByEve Arden

    Principal McGee is a fictional character from the musical Grease and its film adaptation of the same name....  more
  • 12
    16
    11

    Played ByArmin Shimerman

    Principal R. Snyder is a fictional character in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, played by Armin Shimerman. Shimerman originally auditioned for the role of Principal Flutie, but lost...  more
  • 13
    13
    7
  • 14

    Played ByHenry Winkler

  • 15
    14
    12
  • 16
    A.N.T. Farm
    12
    9

    Played ByMindy Sterling

    Susan Skidmore is a fictional character from the television series A.N.T. Farm....
  • 17
    Glee, Glee Universe
    14
    12

    Played ByIqbal Theba

    Principal Figgins is a fictional character from the TV program Glee....  more
  • 18
    King of the Hill
    15
    15

    Played ByDennis Burkley

    Principal Moss is a fictional character from the tv series King of the Hill....
  • 19
    5
    8

    Played ByTootsie Duvall

  • 20

    Played ByPam Ferris

    Agatha Trunchbull is a fictional character from the 1996 film Matilda....  more