Chancellor’s Council for Diversity and Interculturalism News

Joe Clark, Tough School Chief Portrayed in ‘Lean on Me,’ to Speak at UT

In September 1982, during the first day of class at Eastside High School in Paterson, N.J., a student was stabbed. In 1983, things would be different. The school’s new principal, Joe Clark, would be the reason why. Clark — whose story was told in the film “Lean on Me” — will be at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on Feb. 11 to share his strategies and successes.