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Former Army Reserve sergeant, school principal who inspired film 'Lean on Me' dies

Former Army Reserve sergeant, school principal who inspired film 'Lean on Me' dies
Roaming the hallways with a bullhorn and a baseball bat, Principal Joe Clark's unorthodox methods won him both admirers and critics nationwide. He died Tuesday at age 82.

Former Army Reserve sergeant, school principal who inspired film 'Lean on Me' dies Eastside High School Principal Joe Clark is pictured at a rally by student supporters in Paterson, N.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.He was later hired as principal of the crime and drug-ridden Eastside High School.President Ronald Reagan offered Clark a White House policy advisor position after his success at the high school.

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, Dec.— 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.

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