乔·克拉克, the baseball bat-wielding principal who inspired the movie 'Lean on Me,' dies at age 82

乔·路易斯·克拉克, 激励这部电影的收费高中校长 “靠我,” 已经去世了 82, his family said in a statement Tuesday.

Clark was the principal of Eastside High School in Patterson, 新泽西州, and his efforts to improve standards at the school earned him national attention. Clark’s approach was heavy on discipline. As the family statement noted, he expelled 300 students forfighting, vandalism, abusing teachers, and drug possession” 一天内.
Roaming the hallways with a bullhorn and a baseball bat, Clark’s unorthodox methods won him both admirers and critics nationwide,” 声明说.
He appeared on the cover of Time magazine 在 1988 and the movie, “靠我,” starring Morgan Freeman was released in 1989. Clark also publish a book, “放下法律” about his educational strategy at the Patterson high school.
    Clark was a longtime resident of South Orange, 新泽西州, but he moved to retire in Gainesville, 佛罗里达, the family said.
    Clark was at home and surrounded by his family when he succumbed to his long battle with illness on Tuesday, 声明说. The family did not specify the illness.

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