An arrogant and unorthodox teacher returns as principal to the idyllic high school from which he had earlier been fired to find it a den of drug abuse, gang violence, and urban despair. Eventually his successful but unorthodox methods lead to a clash with city officials that threatens to undo all his efforts. Based on a true story. Written by
Keith Loh <email@example.com>
Eastside High was a training ground for jail. Then Joe Clark took over. Now the kids are getting something they never had. A future.
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Did You Know?
The film came under intense criticism for many of the liberties taken with Clark's story. For instance, the subplot of the Proficiency Requirement that 75% of the students had to pass the Minimum Basic Skills Test to prevent a state take-over was fictitious. Clark never improved test scores during his tenure at Eastside, and the school was never in danger of a state take-over because it was zoned in an Abbott district (now known as an SDA district). See more
When the superintendent is discussing who to hire as the principal with the Mayor, the Mayor asks "What was last year's score?". The Superintendent answers "38%". Later, when Joe leaves the stage after expelling the bad students, there is a chart that shows that last year's score was 30%. See more
[at lunch, in the cafeteria, Clark has singled out Sams
... I want all of you to take a good look at this slovenly, sloppy boy - as an example of how NOT to dress. If you look like THIS in the morning, find some other clothes to wear. Self-respect permeates every aspect of your existence. If you don't have respect for yourself, you're not gonna get it from anyone else.
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YOU ARE THE ONE
Performed by T.K.A.
Produced by Tony Moran
and Joey Gardner
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Records
Written by Keath Lowry
(as K. Lowery) and David Gaskins (as D. Gaskins) See more