Principal Simmons is an episode in the Hey Arnold! TV Series.


When Principal Wartz resigned for being too harsh with the students, Mr. Simmons is elected as principal in his place, only to discover it's not as easy as he thought.


Harold kicks a small sapling in hunger and frustration. Mr. Simmons tries to reason with Harold about why he should not do that, but is pushed aside by Principal Wartz who gives the boy a punishment far harsher than what the situation calls for. He then harshly punishes Rhonda for a small mistake of getting some paint on the floor. The superintendent then visits the school and witnesses Wartz yell and scream at Sid for throwing a paper airplane during an assembly and decides to confront Wartz about it. Shocked then angered, Principal Wartz takes this as a "full frontal attack" against him, and is immediately angry with the superintendent and "tattle tale Simmons". He storms into his office and announces over the P.A. "You won't have Wartz to kick around anymore" and resigns. The superintendent then offers Mr. Simmons the job and, after thinking about the positive ramifications of it, he accepts.

While initially happy to take the job and while things in the school building are okay at first, things soon spiral out of control. Without Wartz's discipline to balance Simmons's kindness, the student population takes control of the school, causing chaos. Arnold and Mr. Simmons go to convince Principal Wartz to take his job back which (after doing a merry jig in his house) he stoically accepts.

The school soon returns back to normal and the harsh administrator learns he needs to be a touch softer in his approach. After seeing Harold flicking olives, he tries talking to him about the problem instead of yelling and punishing. Principal Wartz and Mr. Simmons then look at each other and smile while Wartz pats Harold on the head.



  • The song Principal Wartz sings, "I Will Prevail", is a parody of the song "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor.
  • Some people seen in the audience during the karaoke scenes are Nate Horowitz, Tish and Jack Wittenberg, Reba and Kyo Heyerdahl, Nick Vermicelli and Red.
  • During the riot, some of the things that can be seen are a monkey dressed up like Sid and the Monitor Lizard from "Helga's Parrot".
  • Wartz's line "You won't have Wartz to kick around anymore" is a parody of U.S. President Richard M. Nixon's resignation speech.
  • The P.S. 118 school spirit song is a parody of Cornell University's alma mater - Far Above Cayuga's Waters
  • The reprise version of "I Will Prevail" is played over the credits.


  • One of the reasons why Mr. Simmons should be principal is because he's "Teacher of the Year", but that doesn't happen until later in the episode "A Day in the Life of a Classroom".
  • In the scene when Harold is holding the megaphone, seconds later he is seen waving the flag yet his voice can still be heard on the megaphone.
  • At the end when Wartz told Harold to kindly clean up, Wartz had two pairs of eyebrows for a split second.

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