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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Eastside High never had a principal this tough...or one who cared this much about its students.
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Did You Know?
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 never any part of the real Joe Clark story. It was added to the film to create a sense of purpose and accomplishment for the movie. In reality, Joe Clark's story was more about how he instilled discipline and authoritative values to East Side High School, more so than anything that he did to improve scholastic achievement. East Side High School always was a state run public school. See more
The practice exam booklet reads "New Jersey Minimun Basic Skills Tests"...probably the last place the school board (or the film's producers) would want a spelling error. See more
[at the first teachers' meeting
Mr. Zarella, you are my new head football coach. Mr. Darnell will be your assistant. Mr, Darnell, stand up. You know why you're being demoted, Mr. Darnell? Because I'm sick and tired of our football team getting pushed all over the field; thank you, sit down! I want PRECISION. I want a WEIGHT PROGRAM. And if you don't like it, Mr. Darnell, you can QUIT! Same goes for the rest of you.
Referenced in Psych: High Top Fade Out
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Performed by Guns N' Roses
Courtesy of Geffen Records
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
Written by Slash
, W. Axl Rose
, Steven Adler
, Izzy Stradlin
and Duff McKagan
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