(DeCandido's novelizations of the Anderson films)
Rosenthal was vice principal of a school in Raccoon City.
In September 2002 the T-virus was released into the city from an underground Umbrella laboratory complex known as "The Hive". After escaping from a car crash, student Angela Ashford ran into the school being chased by a zombified truck driver. Bitten on the neck, Rosenthal quickly zombified and blocked the children escaping Mr. Strunk's class.