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Joe Clark, New Jersey principal from ‘Lean on Me,’ dies

Joe Clark, New Jersey principal from ‘Lean on Me,’ dies
Joe Clark, a tough principal whose story was told on film, is dead.

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.11, 1988 photo, Joe Clark, principal of Eastside High School in Paterson, N.(Peter Canata/AP) He was later hired as principal of the crime and drug-ridden Eastside High School.President Ronald Reagan offered Clark a White House policy adviser position after his success at the high school.

Joe 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 also wrote “Laying Down the Law: Joe Clark’s Strategy for Saving Our Schools,” detailing his methods for turning around Eastside High.

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