DudleyFan just reminded me of a story I heard on NPR about a week ago about this teacher, I believe in Washington state, who saved her Latin program around 25 years ago by not submitting her intention to retire until after the Latin courses were full and the school year had ended. Some tricky lady! (She denies she did that on purpose.) She then recommended a former student to take her classes, and here we are, 25 years later, with their Latin program on the line again.
The current Latin teacher recruits her own students by going to middle schools (to snag that frosh enrollment), and keeps them in for 4 years, sometimes because the students love it, and sometime because the call to the students' parents were convincing enough to get their kids to tough it out.
At one point, one of the kids said, "It's a dead language, [my friends] always say."
I thought it was a nice story. And the sound bites from the students reminded me a little of Max, except ... well, they wanted to save Latin because they like it, not so much because their teacher does.