Lean on Me (1989) The dedicated but tyrannical Joe Clark is appointed the principal of a decaying inner-city school that he is determined to improve. Morgan Freeman, Beverly Todd, Robert Guillaume...TS bio
Eastside High was a training ground for jail - then Joe Clark took over. Loosely based on the story of Joe Louis Clark, the real life inner city high school principal who turned around a school in Paterson, New Jersey. If for no other reason, you need to watch this for the scene when Clark (played by Morgan Freeman) corners a group of boys in the bathroom and demands they sing the school song or face expulsion. Makes me smile every time!