There are a lot of terrific things that can make a principal’s life easier. A successful sports program is certainly on that list. But is a winning football team the most important factor in a principal’s success? If you ask one Texas football coach, there’s no question.
“A great football program is the best thing for a principal,” Grapevine coach Randy Jackson told the Dallas Morning News. “Schools that have good football programs, I just think their whole school year is better because it starts your school year. Your energy in your building is better. All sports are important, but football is the drill team and the band and the cheerleaders. There are so many students involved on Friday night. So when you’re program is winning, I just think it’s huge for the whole atmosphere of your school.”
There’s no question that a school with a winning football program can build a sense of buzz around campus, but that’s far from ensuring that is, ‘the best thing for a principal.’ A sudden influx of National Merit Scholars can do wonders to elevate a school’s profile, as can a strong arts program or best in class facilities in arts and athletics.
A winning football team? It certainly doesn’t hurt. Whether it’s the most important factor in a school’s success very much depends on the school, it’s location and its broader culture, though that certainly doesn’t make for anywhere near as punchy a quote. At Grapevine? Maybe it is, but that may not be the case in Westchester County, New York.