We cannot verify your location
Browse Book and Journal Content on Project MUSE

Principal's Office, The

A Social History of the American School Principal

Kate Rousmaniere

Publication Year: 2013

The first comprehensive history of principals in the United States.

Published by: State University of New York Press


pdf iconDownload PDF
pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright Page

pdf iconDownload PDF
pp. i-iv


pdf iconDownload PDF
pp. v-vi

List of Illustrations

pdf iconDownload PDF
pp. vii-viii

read more


pdf iconDownload PDF
pp. ix-x

...I wrote this book while serving as chair of my university’s Department of Educational Leadership, which, as it turned out, was the perfect setting for thinking about school principals. My department offers an excellent master’s and licensure program for aspiring school principals, and my observations of those brave and energetic students, and the former school administrators...

read more

Introduction: Go to the Principal’s Office

pdf iconDownload PDF
pp. 1-6

...This study of the history of the school principal began, literally, at the door of a principal’s office. A few years ago when I walked the hallways of a high school with my five-year-old niece Evie, she remarked, without prompting: “There’s the principal’s office: you only go there if you are in trouble.” As an educator and an aunt, I wondered how the office of an educational...

read more

Chapter One: Preceptors, Head Teachers, and Principal Teachers: School Leadership through the Late Nineteenth Century

pdf iconDownload PDF
pp. 7-28

...Before the creation of the principal’s office, school leaders worked under limited organizational structures, with minimal guidelines and expectations of their work. This thin administrative framework left them largely reliant on their own individual leadership skills and directly dependent on community approval. The simplicity of the system allowed for both flexibility...

read more

Chapter Two: The Making of the Principal’s Office, 1890–1940

pdf iconDownload PDF
pp. 29-56

...In September 1925, when Roald Campbell became principal and teacher of the seventh and eighth grades at Wilson School in Bingham County, Idaho, he was nineteen years old and freshly graduated from Idaho Technical Institute, with one semester of experience practice teaching. To prepare for his new position, Campbell borrowed a friend’s Model T Ford and drove forty...

read more

Chapter Three: Outside the Principal’s Office: Principals, Democratic Leadership, and Community Change

pdf iconDownload PDF
pp. 57-84

...Ethel Thompson Overby, the first black woman principal in Richmond, Virginia, believed that, above all else, the school principal was a community educator. As principal of two racially segregated elementary schools in Richmond between 1933 and 1958, Overby employed literacy and citizenship education for her school’s students, teachers, and parents with...

read more

Chapter Four: Cracks in the System: School Leadership, 1945–1980

pdf iconDownload PDF
pp. 85-110

...In 1952, an elementary principal in rural southern New Jersey described the challenges of his job in a period of rapid educational change. In his four years as principal of the Woodstown Elementary School, Howard Morris had seen the enrollment increase from 423 to 639 students, had overseen the construction of a new school building, and had incorporated staff and...

read more

Chapter Five: Bearing the Burden: The School Principal and Civil Rights

pdf iconDownload PDF
pp. 111-130

...In the winter of 1971, when Alton Rison began his job as the first African American principal of Francis Scott Key Junior High School 117 in the Bedford Stuyvesant District of Brooklyn, New York, he faced an angry group of parents, a divided teaching force, and a school that had by all accounts become an “educational disaster area.” The school was located in a notorious...

read more

Chapter Six: Instructional Leaders in High-Stakes Schools

pdf iconDownload PDF
pp. 131-150

...In a high-poverty elementary school in Annapolis, Maryland in the 2005– 2006 academic year, principal Tina McKnight oriented the bulk of her attention to supervising teachers in a highly scripted math and reading curriculum required by the district. When McKnight started her position at the school five years earlier, less than 20 percent of students performed satisfactorily on...

read more

Conclusion: In the Principal’s Office

pdf iconDownload PDF
pp. 151-152

...While many principals have certainly emphasized building management and student discipline, one of my goals in writing this book is to revise this simplistic understanding of one of the most prominent roles in American education. Although certainly there have been many principals who served merely as building managers and ruled their teachers and students...


pdf iconDownload PDF
pp. 153-182

Selected Bibliography

pdf iconDownload PDF
pp. 183-194


pdf iconDownload PDF
pp. 195-197

Back Cover

pdf iconDownload PDF
pp. 209-209

E-ISBN-13: 9781438448251
Print-ISBN-13: 9781438448237

Page Count: 208
Publication Year: 2013

OCLC Number: 858861266
MUSE Marc Record: Download for Principal's Office, The

Research Areas


UPCC logo

Subject Headings

  • School principals -- United States -- History.
  • Educational leadership -- United States.
  • You have access to this content
  • Free sample
  • Open Access
  • Restricted Access