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 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
After Mr Clark is done keeping the Fire Chief out, on his way back into the school he tells Mr Darnell its good to have him back. Mr Darnell says "You should have never fired me in the first place". He never fired him. He suspended him. See more
[after seeing the dilapidated, crime-infested interior of Eastside High School, Joe Clark, the new elected principal, is introduced to the school board
We want to welcome Mr. Clark to Eastside. We've heard so much about you and tell you what we've done in anticipation of your arrival, uh, Ms. Levias, your other vice-principal and I have appointed an executive committee to oversee certain areas where we have noted a need for improvement. Mr. Zirella, for example...
[cuts him off
You may sit down...
Referenced in Resident Alien
I AIN'T MAKIN' IT
Performed by Stetsasonic
Produced by Daddy-O
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Records
Written by Arnold Hamilton, Bob Coulter and Glenn Bolton See more