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Joe Clark, no-nonsense NJ school principal who inspired movie ‘Lean on Me,’ dead at 82
Joe Clark, the no-nonsense, baseball-bat-wielding New Jersey high school principal who inspired the 1989 movie “Lean on Me,” passed away Tuesday at age 82, his household revealed.
Clark passed away in his Florida house surrounded by his household after a long fight with an undefined health problem.
As principal of the criminal offense- and drug-ridden Eastside High School in Paterson, N.J., Clark notoriously wandered the corridors with a bullhorn and a bat to keep trainees in line. His special techniques and “tough love” mindset put Clark in the nationwide spotlight, making him both advocates and critics.
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“This is a sad day for our city. Joe Clark spoke strongly and carried a big stick. My condolences to his family, students, and everyone he inspired. May he rest in peace. #LeanOnMe” composed Paterson Mayor André Sayegh on Facebook.
Clark was depicted by star Morgan Freeman in “Lean on Me,” which was loosely based on Clark’s period at Eastside. Throughout that time, Clark expelled 300 trainees for drug belongings, vandalism and battling, while challenging those that stayed to carry out much better.
He discussed that his choice to hold a bat was a sign of option: a trainee might either set out or strike a crowning achievement.
Clark was born in Rochelle, Ga., on Might 8, 1938, prior to his household moved north to Newark, N.J., when he was 6 years of ages. After finishing from Newark Central High School, Clark made a 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.
He later on worked as a U.S. Army Reserve Sergeant and Drill Trainer, which his household stated assisted to supply him a structure for regard and order that would continue over his approximately three-decade-long education profession.
Clark retired from Eastside in 1989 then worked as director of a juvenile detention center in Newark for 6 years. He likewise composed “Laying Down the Law: Joe Clark’s Strategy for Saving Our Schools,” which detailed his techniques for reversing Eastside High.
His success in turning around the high school triggered President Ronald Reagan to provide Clark a White Home policy consultant position. Clark was likewise included on the cover of Time publication and he emerged on “60 Minutes” and “The Arsenio Hall Show.”
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Clark later on retired to Gainesville, Fla, situated about 70 miles southwest of Jacksonville. He is predeceased by his partner, Gloria, and made it through by his kids, Joetta, Hazel, and JJ. He is likewise made it through by his grandchildren, Talitha, Jorell, and Hazel.
Eileen Shafer, superintendent of Paterson School District, shared her acknowledgements in a declaration following his death.
“Joe Clark left his indelible mark on public education by being fiercely devoted to the students in his care. He demanded more from his students because he believed they could achieve more than what was expected of them. And with his bullhorn and baseball bat, and Joe Clark courageously stood in the way of anyone who dared to try to lure a young person down the wrong path,” stated Schafer, according to New york city City’s WABC-TV.
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“Joe Clark was even the subject of a Hollywood movie. But in the end, it is the many lives Joe Clark influenced for the better that have become his greatest legacy,” she continued.
The Associated Press added to this report
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