In real life, Joe Clark was a former Army drill instructor!
Joe Clark resigned as principal in 1990. The time he spent at Eastside High has made him very popular. Since that time Clark has made the cover of Time magazine, been on 60 Minutes, The Phil Donahue Show, and ABC’s Nightline. He is also a nationally recognized speaker who travels across the country to speak on such topics as his life story.
Contributed by: Kevin Va'A Seiuli
In the boys toliet scene where Mr. Clark has the boys sing the school song "Fair Eastside", all of the boys there (except for "Sams", the kid who begged Mister Clark to get back into school; he was played by an actor) were reputedly students of Eastside High at the time of filming and used "Lean On Me" to get started in the music industry. They would go on to form the R&B Soul/Acapella Group "Riff" who spawned Billboard Chart Topping Hits "Everytime My Heart Beats", my favourite song of theirs "My Heart is Failing Me" and their most widely known HIT "White Men Can't Jump" from the movie of the same name...
Emmy winning Actor Michael Imperioli, who plays Christopher Moltasanti in "The Sopranos" made his first appearance on film in "Lean on Me" although his speaking part was cut so it is not listed on his film biography.
Contributed by: Mary And Tim
Michael Imperioli is seen in the first school meeting in the auditorium when Joe Clark gives his first speech. Michael's character George walks up on stage and is one of the 300 students booted out of school.
Contributed by: Dawn Moore
Lynn Thigpen, who played Mrs. Barrett, the mother who was so against Joe and wanted him removed, played Ella on the District. She passed away unexpectedly last year.
Contributed by: Samantha / Pete
Lynn Thigpen portrays the late night disc jokey in a great 70's movie, "The Warriors". In that movie, though, the audience only sees part of her face. She also played the host on the TV show "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego" based on the late '80's computer game of the same name.