[[folder:Winslow High Staff]]

!!Steven Harper
-->'''Played by''': Chi [=McBride=]

Steven is the principal of Winslow High who has to deal with the wacky antics of his faculty.
* BadassTeacher: Oh, yes, he gets his moments. He even ''slams a bully up against a locker'' in the pilot episode.
* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: He's bald, he's black, and he's the principal of the school.
* BenevolentBoss: Most of the time. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Just don't get on his bad side]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Steven is a polite and soft-spoken guy, but you do NOT want to get him angry.
* FormerTeenRebel: In an early episode, he reveals he got drunk and crashed a car. In a Season 2 episode, he admits to having been involved in a robbery.
* {{Hypocrite}}: In a Season 4 episode where Marla slaps a student who slapped her, he chastises Marla for her actions and refuses to give her his support. This, coming from the guy who slammed a student against a locker in the show's very first episode.
* LargeAndInCharge: Played by Chi [=McBride=], who is reportedly 6'4".
* OnlySaneMan: Though he does snap once or twice, usually in response to the weird, off-the-wall crap that goes on at Winslow High.
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* ScaryBlackMan: {{Averted|Trope}}. Chi [=McBride=] looks the part (and has played a fair few in his career), but Steven is ([[BewareTheNiceOnes usually]]) benevolent, calm, reasonable, and well-liked.
* TeamDad: To the rest of the faculty.

!!Scott Guber
-->'''Played by''': Anthony Heald

The assistant principal of Winslow High, known for being very strict, formal, and authoritarian with both students and teachers.
* TenMinuteRetirement: In the penultimate episode of Season 3, he quits after a student he admired is found dead and he experiences a HeroicBSOD, but come the season finale, he's back in the game.
* BadassTeacher: He gets his moments to be awesome.
%%* ButtMonkey
* DontYouDarePityMe: In a Season 1 episode, Guber tells his older brother George something along the lines of this when [[spoiler:George explains he hired a call girl for Guber because he felt he was lonely]].
* EtTuBrute: In one Season 1 episode, Scott is quite furious to find out that his brother George [[spoiler:hired a call girl (who happened to be Scott's girlfriend at the time)]].
* HeroicBSOD: He experiences one in the next-to-last episode of Season 3 after a student he admired is found dead.
%%* HiddenDepths
* {{Hypocrite}}: In Season 2, he chastises Lauren to her stern behavior, not acknowledging he himself is quite strict with both students and staff.
* InformedJudaism: Guber occasionally mentions he is Jewish, and is heard in the Season 2 finale speaking Hebrew.
* {{Irony}}: Some students call him "The Nazi" not knowing that he's in fact Jewish.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Scott can act like an outright jerk at times, but he does show a soft side from time to time.
* LawfulStupid: A point that Steven calls him on once or twice.
* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: He briefly dates a woman who turns out to be a call girl [[spoiler:hired by his brother]], hopelessly pursues Lauren and later Marilyn, and dates Meredith "Hook Lady" Peters until he finally finds love in a woman who turns out to be a former porn star.
* MeanBoss: Contrasting with [[BenevolentBoss Steven]].
%%* OnlySaneMan
* SternTeacher: To the point where students call him "The Nazi."
* ThrowTheDogABone: In the Season 1 finale, he's given a special award, and this is after he was turned down for a Headmaster position at a private school.

!!Lauren Davis
-->'''Played by''': Jessalyn Gilsig

The head of the Social Studies department. She appears in Seasons 1 and 2 before vanishing from the show at the start of Season 3.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: She disappears from the show after Season 2.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: She even remarks early on that teachers face disrespect every day from the students because it comes from the parents.
%%* OnlySaneMan
* SternTeacher: This trait is very noticeable toward the end of Season 2. She gets called on this by Marla and ''Guber'' of all people.
* TookALevelInJerkass: In Season 2.

!!Harvey Lipschultz
-->'''Played by''': Fyvush Finkel

An elderly History teacher, known for being a bigot and completely unaware of how his racist remarks affect others. He gets partnered with Marla in an attempt by Steven and Scott to balance out their craziness.
%%* BunnyEarsLawyer
%%* HiddenDepths
* InformedJudaism: He mentions he's Jewish on a few occasions, and is heard speaking Hebrew in a Season 2 episode.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: Season 2 reveals that [[spoiler:Harvey fathered a son, Lester, with an African-American woman]].
* NWordPrivileges: In one Season 1 episode, he uses the term "African-American black-colored negroes." Steven isn't amused.
%%* ScrewPolitenessImASenior
* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler:Season 2 reveals that he has an affair with an African-American woman, siring a son, Lester, who later comes looking for him.]]

!!Harry Senate
-->'''Played by''': Nicky Katt

A teacher known for employing highly questionable tactics to try and help his students. Appearing in Seasons 1 and 2, he leaves during Season 3 after a serious case of post-traumatic stress disorder (resulting from being attacked by a former student at the end of the second season).
* BadassTeacher: Come on, he's the one who set the very unruly students in the Dungeon in line (by ''firing off a gun in the class''), plus in one episode, he was perfectly willing to fight with a bunch of gangbangers in defense of a student.
%%* BunnyEarsLawyer
* DeadpanSnarker:
-->'''Guber''': What's going on?
-->'''Harry''': Lipschultz told all the girls in his glass to wear a bra for the good of the country. Turns out they're all a bunch of Communist sluts.
-->'''Guber''': You think this is funny, Mr. Senate?
-->'''Harry''': [[SelfDeprecation I can never do anything right.]]
%%* {{Flanderization}}
* PutOnABus: In early Season 3.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He means well, but the way he goes about things tend to be VERY flawed and questionable.
* WhatTheHellHero: A prominent example is the whole situation with a student who was trying to leave a street gang after killing a rival gang member in self-defense. Harry receives an especially harsh dressing-down from Steven for keeping quiet about the whole thing.

!!Marla Hendricks
-->'''Played by''': Loretta Devine

A teacher who has to take medication to manage her mental illness. She used to teach in the Dungeon until the students there drove her...well, crazy, only to later be paired up with Harvey for a brief time.
* BadassTeacher: In Season 4, she slaps a female student who slapped her first after she gives the girl a ReasonYouSuckSpeech in response to the girl flippantly saying she can use her sexuality to get ahead in the world.
%%* BunnyEarsLawyer
* HotBlooded: Marla is a very passionate and emotional woman. Guber even notes that this is [[FatalFlaw her biggest flaw]] and the reason why she isn't effective in advocating for herself and others.
* SassyBlackWoman: Oh, yes. She isn't afraid to stand up to either one of her bosses, so that qualifies her.

!!Marilyn Sudor
-->'''Played by''': Sharon Leal

A teacher who also led the student choir.
* HotTeacher: She even topped a student poll about teachers students wanted to sleep with most!
%%* SatelliteCharacter

!!Louisa Fenn
-->'''Played by''': Rashinda Jones

Steven and Scott's secretary. Appears in Seasons 1 and 2. Disappears from the show starting in Season 3.
* BrotherChuck: She isn't seen after Season 2.
* DeadpanSnarker / ServileSnarker: She liked to make witty comments.
%%* {{Garfunkel}}
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: [[spoiler:In Season 2, she starts a sex advice column using the alias "Helen." When Steven learns the truth and demands an explanation, Louisa pretty much says she wanted to do something more than file papers and take notes. Steven isn't very sympathetic.]]
* MixedAncestry: She reveals in Season 2 that her father is black and her mother is white.
* WhatTheHellHero: [[spoiler:Sums up Steven's response to the above trope]].

!!Milton Buttle
-->'''Played by''': Joey Slotnick

An English teacher who was often the subject of ridicule on Sheryl Holt's website cartoons. He later began a relationship with Lisa Greer, only to find out she was a student at Winslow High and later ends up fired for it. Appears only in Season 1.
* ButtMonkey: He was often the center of Sheryl Holt's website cartoons.
* PutOnABus: Midway through Season 1.
** TheBusCameBack: For only a few minutes.
* TeacherStudentRomance: With Lisa in Season 1. He gets fired when the relationship is discovered.
* YourCheatingHeart: He started sleeping with Lisa while dating Louisa.

!!Kevin Riley
-->'''Played by''': Thomas [=McCarthy=]

A teacher and sports coach. In Season 1, he gets fired for withholding information about Milton's affair with Lisa.
* EtTuBrute: Kevin was quite angry when Steven spoke against his keeping Milton's relationship with Lisa secret. When Steven tries to clear the air between them, he just replies "Go to Hell, Steven" and proceeds to deliver a ReasonYouSuckSpeech.
%%* JerkassHasAPoint
* PutOnABus: Midway through Season 1.
** TheBusCameBack: For one episode. He's never seen again after that.

!!Ronnie Cooke
-->'''Played by''': Jeri Ryan

A wealthy and successful lawyer who decides to give up practicing law in favor of teaching after being impressed by how Harry, a college friend of hers, handled the students in the Dungeon.
* HelloAttorney: Ronnie was a skilled lawyer and very pretty.
* HotTeacher: Ronnie was quite attractive, to say the least. One student even tried asking her out!
* LoveTriangle: Becomes involved in one with Dave Fields and Zach in Season 3.
%%* PsychologistTeacher

!!Danny Hanson
-->'''Played by''': Creator/MichaelRapaport

A teacher who begins teaching at Winslow High in Season 2.
%%* BunnyEarsLawyer
%%* CoolTeacher
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* FormerTeenRebel: It's stated in one episode that he stole a car when he was a teenager.
%%* HotBlooded
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Danny could act like a jerk at times, but he was a good guy nonetheless.
* NayTheist: He outright states he doesn't believe in {{God}}.
* RapeAsBackstory: He was molested by his priest as a child.

!!Meredith Peters
-->'''Played by''': Kathy Baker

An abusive mother who joins the staff as a teaching assistant and later a teacher. She and Scott briefly date until they break up after she hits a student with her hook hand.
* AbusiveMom: To Jeremy. She even locked him in the basement.
* AnArmAndALeg: She sliced off her own hand to get free after being tied up in the basement by Jeremy.
* {{Jerkass}}: She's a nasty piece of work, that's for sure.
* ManipulativeBitch: In Season 2, she successfully gets Jeremy and Brooke to stop dating.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: She's homophobic (she's appalled to find out that her son had sex with another boy) and racist (she successfully gets Jeremy to stop dating Brooke, a black girl). Scott even calls her on it at one point.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives one to Scott after he decides to fire her for hitting Marcie.

!!Zach Fischer
-->'''Played by''': Jon Abrahams

A teacher who enters in Season 3. He himself used to be a student at Winslow High years ago.
* BrotherChuck: Disappears after the third season.
%%* CoolTeacher
* LoveTriangle: Becomes involved in one with Dave Fields and Ronnie in Season 3.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: For Harry in Season 3.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Just like Harry.
%%* WhatTheHellHero

!!Colin Flynn
-->'''Played by''': Joey [=McIntyre=]
%%* BrotherChuck
%%* CoolTeacher
%%* HotTeacher

!!Kimberly Woods
-->'''Played by''': Michelle Monaghan
* HotTeacher: A male student even ogles [[ShesGotLegs her legs]] and a female student becomes attracted to her.
%%* NaiveNewcomer
* PutOnABus: For her own safety.
%%* WideEyedIdealist

!!Carmen Torres
-->'''Played by''': Natalia Baron
* TheAlcoholic: She admits she was one.
%%* BrotherChuck
* GratuitousSpanish: Steven calls her on teaching her Physics class in Spanish.
* HotTeacher: She even gets mistaken for a student in her very first episode.
%%* NaiveNewcomer
%%* SpicyLatina

[[folder:Winslow High Students]]

!!Dana Poole
-->'''Played by''': Sarah Thompson
* HotForTeacher: She admitted to having feelings for Harry. They briefly date sometime after she graduated from Winslow and began attending college.

!!Anthony Ward
-->Played by: John Francis Daley

!!Jamal Crenshaw
-->'''Played by''': Edwin Hodge

A student in the "Dungeon" classroom.
%%* BookDumb
* BrotherChuck: The last we see of him, he's serving time in prison.
* TheSlacker: He's shown to be quite lazy, but Harry helps motivate him to do better and get into college. That is, until he ends up doing time in prison for his brother's crimes.
* WhatTheHellHero: He gets chewed out by Harry in Season 2 for plagiarizing his college application essay (he bought it off the Internet).
* YankTheDogsChain: He gets into college on his own merits, but then he gets arrested for his brother's murder of a convenience store clerk. The last time he's seen, he's still in prison and is no longer interested in attending college.

!!Jeremy Peters
-->'''Played by''': Kaj-Erik Eriksen

A honors student who was abused by his mother, Meredith. He finally snaps, locks his mother in the basement, and starts exhibiting a more rebellious personality.
* BiTheWay: Comes out as this in Season 2. He has relations with a boy, and later flirts with Brooke.
* BrotherChuck: Disappears after Season 2.
* TheDogBitesBack: He snaps and subjects his mother to the same punishment she inflicted upon him--being locked in the basement.
* StraightGay: Doesn't show any CampGay behavior despite being bisexual.

!!Brooke Harper
-->'''Played by''': China Jesusita Shavers

Steven's rebellious teenage daughter who gets kicked out of her private school, leading to her attending Winslow High.
* PutOnABus: Leaves for college after Season 3.
* RebelliousSpirit: It's actually what gets her kicked out of private school.
* SassyBlackWoman: She isn't afraid to stand up to her dad.
%%* SoapBoxSadie

!!Becky Emerson
-->'''Played by''': Courtney Peldon

A student who appears in Season 3 as a student in Colin Flynn's class. In Season 4, she becomes Scott's assistant.
* HotForTeacher: Had a crush on Colin Flynn in Season 3 and was thus devastated to learn that he was having an affair with her mother.

[[folder:Other Characters]]

!!Marsha Shinn
-->'''Played by''': Debbi Morgan

The superintendent of schools in Boston.
* BadBoss: She seemed more interested in trying to get Steven fired for both his actions and the antics of his faculty than actually trying to support him and help defend his actions to the school board. She's called the "Dragon Lady" for a reason.
* BrotherChuck: She appears only in Season 1 and is mentioned a couple of times in Season 2 before finally being replaced with Elizabeth Vasquez in Season 3.
* {{Jerkass}}: She's very unpleasant. Why do you think she's called the "Dragon Lady"?
%%* LawfulStupid
%%* ObstructiveBureaucrat

!!Dave Fields
-->'''Played by''': David Conrad

An official from the Mayor's office who comes to Winslow High to supposedly help the school meet district requirements and get more funding.
* LoveTriangle: Becomes involved in one with Ronnie and Zach in Season 3.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Steven even notes this.

!!Charlie Bixby
-->'''Played by''': Creator/DennisMiller
%%* BrotherChuck
* DeadpanSnarker: He's played by Creator/DennisMiller, so this is to be expected.
%%* {{Jerkass}}