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Mr. Haney

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Francis Haney S16

Gender Male
Animal Bear
Complexion Beige (s1-s5)
Gray (s6-s15)
Tan (s16-present)
Favorite color Maroon[1]
Residence Francis Haney's house, Elwood City
Family Niece
Job Principal
Book debut Arthur's Eyes
Cartoon debut "Arthur's Eyes"
Voiced by Walter Massey
image gallery

Francis Haney[2][3] (formerly Herb Haney[4][5]) is the principal of Lakewood Elementary. He oversees everything happening in the school, whether it be school events, bad behavior from pupils, school renovations, etc. Besides being the principal, he is very active in the community of Elwood City, and often takes part in managing or competing in public events, especially if they are sponsored by the school.

In the first few seasons of the show, there was a running gag with Mr. Haney. He'd randomly appear with a toy or a balloon, or he'd have bad luck for no apparent reason. He would get hit by things such as burgers on the face or get knocked off of his bed by the Tooth Fairy. Most of this was due to simply being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Everybody would respond by saying, "Sorry, Sir". His luck has improved in later seasons, though. He also has a niece and nephew who appear in "Return of the King" who are tutored by Mr. Ratburn's former 3rd Grade teacher, Mr. Pryce-Jones. He is also a tax customer of one of his pupil's, Arthur Read's, mother, as revealed in "Arthur's Mystery Envelope" when he gives Arthur an envelope filled with tax documents. Arthur at first thinks that it contains information regarding him, but later finds out it does not.


Haney s2

Mr. Haney, as he appeared in season 2.

Mr. Haney is a bear with a light grey fur. He is often seen wearing a light blue jacket suit over a white shirt and an orange and blue striped tie. He also wears dark blue pants with brown loafers and glasses. He is one of the few characters in the series depicted with fur, as opposed to a complexion like most of the characters that have human-like skin tones.

In the Arthur books, Mr. Haney is usually depicted wearing a green suit rather than a blue one. However, beginning in season 16 of Arthur, Mr. Haney has started wearing a green suit on the show.


Mr. Haney is a kind character who cares deeply about the well-being of his students, but will deal a stern stance if they do anything to disrupt the day for their class or their teachers. He also can be a bit clueless, having been talked out of giving a punishment by students like Binky Barnes, though this happens only on rare occasions. He suffers from dyslexia.

Episode Appearances



Main article: Francis Haney/Gallery


  2. Buster the Lounge Lizard
  3. "Hello? Yes, this is Francis Haney. I might be eligible for a cruise to Fiji? Why yes, I am interested." — Francis Haney, "Arthur's Number Nightmare"
  4. "I've been trying to reach Herb all day."
    "But this is from Mr. Haney."
    "That's his first name"
    Jane Read and Arthur Read, "Arthur's Mystery Envelope"
  5. "See you, Herb."Binky Barnes, "The Chips are Down"

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