I am a parent of a sophomore student. Dr. Short has done extremely well dealing with the students and parents. At meetings he is hands on, answering questions. There was an accident at the beginning of the year. Who do you think came out to take charge and direct traffic? Dr. Short. This year, 2013, the state introduced the new math standards as well as implementing enrichments days. He has managed the changes well from the parent's perspective.
Dr. Short may have his negative qualities, but he has done a fantastic job at leading this school. I believe people are confusing him being mean with his dry sense of humor. It is hard to rate him based on these categories though. I respect him deeply and I personally have noticed that he cares for his students. When a student passed away, his speech was the most moving thing ever. The man cried on announcements for goodness sake.
School spirit? What's that? No Christmas parties on the last day before break? come on!!