Peter Prickly


Created By:
Paul Germain And Joe Ansolabehere
Voiced By:
Dabney Coleman (1997-2003)
Date Of Birth:
June 4, 1947
Principal Of Third Street School
Part Of Third Street School Staff
Unnamed Wife
Paul Prickly (Brother)
Thurgood (Brother)

Peter Prickly is the principal of Third Street School and the secondary anti-hero of the series. He is the deuteragonist of the first movie.

He is voiced by Dabney Coleman.

Personality and Traits

Even though he is about as strict as Ms. Finster, he is not megalomaniacal, and he is seen in various episodes actually caring about the students. This does not mean that he is always nice to them. He has a complicated relationship with the Recess Gang, more notably with T.J. thanks to the boy's almost constant pranks. Prickly's dream is to one day rise up to be a middle school principal, as was stated numerous times in the series, though he stays the principal of the school even after getting a position as one when he realized how appreciated he was at third street.

Prickly is almost always seen with a pink shirt, a green tie, gray or light brown pants, and a black or dark brown tweed suit jacket with a handkerchief in its pocket. He has balding black hair (he wears a toupee,) a noticeable mustache, wrinkles, and he wears glasses just like many of the teachers at Third Street School. His hobby is to play golf.

Originally Peter was hired as a teacher at Third Street but was promoted to principal after he'd informed the district superintendent that his then best friend and ex-Principal Dr. Phillium Benedict was trying to cancel recess forever. After being reminded of this during the events of the movie he was reminded that he'd became a teacher all those years ago to help kids and not for the perks of his job.


  • Prickly is somewhat technologically inept as he can't even operate a VCR, let alone a computer in The Girl Was Trouble.
  • While he was in school he was known as Petey Prickly.
  • As seen in Nobody Doesn't Like T.J., He wears a toupee and is actually bald.
  • As seen in Recess: School's Out, Principal Prickly was once part of the 60's counterculture movement and seemed to have had a sunnier disposition, much like how Ms. Finster was hinted to have a similar attitude in the past.
  • The last movie reveals that he has a brother named Thurgood who lives in Alaska.
  • His cold behavior came from Phillium Benedict.
  • He, like T.J. and his co-hosts, is an enormous Señor Fusion fan.


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