How many high school principals have ever expelled 300 students during the first week of classes? Ask Joe Clark.
A former Army drill instructor, Clark transformed the dangerous and failing Eastside High School into a model school during his tenure in the 1980s. His inspiring story became the subject of the hit film, Lean on Me, starring Morgan Freeman.TALKING POINTS: Clark's mantra is simple: "If there is no discipline, there is anarchy. Good citizenship demands attention to responsibilities as well as rights . . . Every day, pride in self and school must be reinforced. Every day, the value of academics must be demonstrated." He speaks with blunt eloquence, emphasizing the necessity of personal responsibility, civic pride, and respect for authority. [+]
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