"I get it, it's not your fault. But the police are already involved, so your expelled. I'm sorry."
— Mr. Fitzgerald's suspicious reponse to Sonja about her expulsion

Mr. Fitzgerald
Mr. Fitzgerald
Full Name Mr. Fitzgerald
Nickname(s) Fitz (by Sonja Hernandez)
Mr. Hotzgerald (by many students)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 19 August 1963 (Real date)
1983 (Alleged date)
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Dark Brown
Family Unnamed parents
Relationships Sonja Hernandez (Ex-Girlfriend)
Taylor (Ex-Girlfriend)
Melissa (Fictitious Wife)
Job Long-Term Substitute Teacher (Formerly)
Principal (Formerly)
School(s) Degrassi Community School (Formerly)
First Episode It's a New Day (1)
Last Episode Danger Zone
Reason Fired and arrested due to shooting several students
Episode Count 27
Portrayed By John Stamos

Mr. Fitzgerald (born 19 August 1963; first name unknown) was the first principal of Degrassi Comunity School. Many students called him "Mr. Hotzgerald," a nickname which originated from Cathie Roberson. In June 2017, he was fired from Degrassi after Sonja's sexual harassment allegations, and shortly arrested.

He returned in the two-part season 2 episode "When the Truth Comes Out," where his trial between Sonja and himself took place. Due to insufficient evidence backing Sonja's claims, he was released from jail on bail. However, he was not able to return to Degrassi due to the hiring of the new vice and principal.

He made his third Season 2 appearance in episode "Take Back the Fear," where he returns to Degrassi as a substitute teacher. In an agreement with the new head faculty, he was not able to substitute Sonja's classes or be near her. The principal then offered a full-time job as a teacher, which he mysteriously rejected. He has not made an appearance since this episode.

Appearances (27/77) Edit

Season 1 (18/21)

  • It's a New Day (1)
  • It's a New Day (2)
  • I Won't Be Ignored
  • When I Kissed the Teacher
  • Protest the Hero (1)
  • Protest the Hero (2)
  • Can't We Be Friends?
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • Hate Me Some More (1)
  • Hate Me Some More (2)
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • School for Scandal

Season 2 (4/29)

  • When the Truth Comes Out (1)
  • When the Truth Comes Out (2)
  • Take Back the Fear
  • Fifty Things

Season 3 (5/30)

  • Only Love Survives
  • Guess Who's Back
  • Oops!... I Did It Again
  • Danger Zone

Mentions Edit

Season 1 (2/22)

  • School's Out! (1)
  • School's Out! (4)

Season 2 (2/22)

  • A New Year, A New Life (1)
  • A New Year, A New Life (2)


Disclaimer Edit

The showrunner stated that Stamos' character was originally meant to last two seasons, though thanks to the positive feedback of his character he kept a recurring role.[1] Following the third season finale, the showrunner stated, "We never had planned for Stamos' character to be in the show this long, but the viewers enjoyed his performance so we decided to extend his storyline, going more in depth on the character. Obviously, we condemn the storyline that we carried between his character and Pieterse's, though we used it as a storyline on how they can manipulate and guilt. What you saw in the finale is the end of his storyline, meaning that he will not make anymore appearances on the show except a hallucinational cameo.[2][3]

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