The school I attended for high school in had roughly the same number of students as the one I currently teach in. I can remember a principal and an assistant principal (notice, singular) but then I was never in trouble (goody two shoes). I wasn't sure, so I went to look.
The high school I attended:
8 fine arts
7 foreign language (4 languages)
6 practical arts
8 social studies
70 teachers (and this accounts for all of them)
The school where I teach:
4 fine arts
5 foreign language (2 languages)
5 practical arts
9 social studies
16 special ed
82 teachers (and I have NOT counted the social workers, graduation coaches, parapros, interventionists, SROs) serving the same number of kids.
I find it interesting. Math - you only had to have 2 years compared to the current 4. I took science every year, but I think you only needed 2 years.
The biggest increase in staff is in special education and teacher support.
Are we better off?
(P.S. There were 2 assistant principals. The current school has 6.)