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Principal Joe Clark who inspired film ‘Lean on Me’ has died


GAINESVILLE, #Fla. (AP) — #Joe #Louis #Clark, the baseball bat and bullhorn-wielding principal whose unwavering commitment to his students and uncompromising disciplinary methods inspired the 1989 film “Lean on #Me,” died at his #Florida home on #Tuesday after a long battle with an unspecified illness, his family said in statement. #He was 82.

#Born in #Rochelle, #Georgia, on #May 8, 1938, #Clark’s family moved north to #Newark, #New #Jersey, when he was 6 years old. #After graduating from #Newark #Central #High #School, #Clark received his bachelor’s degree from #William #Paterson #College (now #William #Paterson #University), a master’s degree from #Seton #Hall #University, and an honorary doctorate from the U.S. #Sports #Academy. #Clark also served as a U.S. #Army #Reserve sergeant and a drill instructor.

#Clark started teaching at a #Paterson grade school in #Essex #County, N.J., before becoming principal of PS 6 #Grammar #School.

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#He was later hired as principal of the crime and drug-ridden #Eastside #High #School. #In one day, he expelled 300 students for fighting, vandalism, abusing teachers and drug possession, and lifted the expectations of those who remained, continually challenging them to perform better. #Roaming the hallways with a bullhorn and a baseball bat, #Clark’s unorthodox methods won him both admirers and critics nationwide. #President #Ronald #Reagan offered #Clark a #White #House policy advisor position after his success at the high school.

#Morgan #Freeman starred as #Clark in the 1989 film “Lean on #Me” that was loosely based on #Clark’s tenure at #Eastside.

#After he retired from #Eastside in 1989, #Clark worked for six years as the director of #Essex #County #Detention #House, a juvenile detention center in #Newark. #He also wrote “Laying #Down the #Law: #Joe #Clark’s #Strategy for #Saving #Our #Schools,” detailing his methods for turning around #Eastside #High.

#He retired to #Gainesville, #Florida.

#Clark is survived by his children, #Joetta, #Hazel and JJ, and grandchildren, #Talitha, #Jorell and #Hazel. #His wife, #Gloria, preceded him in death.



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