IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.

Joe Clark, school principal who inspired film ‘Lean on Me,’ dies at 82


The tough-love school principal who inspired the movie “Lean on Me,” Joe Louis Clark, died Tuesday at age 82. As principal of a Paterson, New Jersey school, Clark was known to roam the hallways with a baseball bat and a bullhorn. Morgan Freeman portrayed him in the 1989 film.