Book about Joe Clark from East Side High School

Patterson – Everybody who contacted Joe Clark, principal of the legendary, funky and funky Eastside Excessive Faculty, had a powerful opinion of him, good and dangerous.

Clarke, who died in December 2020, was identified for carrying a baseball bat and a horn whereas roaming the halls of highschool. His story was made into the film “Lean on Me” in 1989.

On Saturday, those that beloved him, admired him, and some who trusted him, gathered on the Patterson Museum to rejoice the extremely anticipated launch of the brand new e-book on Clark: Ghost Tales: The Legend of Director Joe Clark.

“If you happen to ask 20 folks to explain it in a single phrase, you would possibly get 20 completely different solutions,” stated Chaney Peterson, a retired trainer and principal at Paterson Public Colleges. Peterson labored as an English trainer at Park Avenue Faculty when Clark was principal.

“Some shall be optimistic and a few destructive. They could all be proper,” Peterson stated.

The e-book is essentially primarily based on the accounts of members of the 1987 Eastside Excessive Faculty class. Alumni, former staff, and college have shared the tales which can be included within the espresso desk e-book.

The e-book is anticipated to be launched in July. Compiled and edited by Monique Davis and Lily Renee Grubbs, each Eastside alumni of 1987. Workers, college students, and some Paterson residents have been additionally requested to submit anecdotes about Clark for the e-book.

Proceeds from the e-book will go to a nonprofit group working to advance analysis and consciousness a few mysterious neurological dysfunction often known as Chiari malformation, a situation during which a part of the mind bulges by means of a traditional opening within the cranium the place it joins the spinal canal.

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Grubbs suffered from the turmoil.

“I did not say thanks to the docs and medical employees who helped me,” Grubbs stated.

Grubbs, a fan of Clark, stated he helped her all through highschool and was a giant a part of being the primary school graduate in her household.

She advised the story of how he helped her when she was a freshman at Delaware State Faculty (now a college) simply as lessons have been about to start.

“I’m going round with my colleagues and so they ask Laila the place do you get your books from?” remembered.

“I assumed they might distribute it,” she stated. “I had no cash so I known as my mom. She stated ‘Name Mr. Clark.'”

Clark despatched her cash to purchase her books.

“Most principals wave goodbye while you go away,” Grubbs stated.

Michelle Mito, additionally from the category of 1987, stated Clark was a lifesaver. Homeless all through highschool, Clark and others helped her by organizing teams of scholars by ethnicity and their households who offered them with protected locations to sleep.

“He acquired me a enterprise coach and helped me get my first job at Roy Rogers in Backyard State Plaza,” she stated as tears started to movement.

“He was the one one who cared about what I used to be going to be,” Mito stated.

I traveled from Florida to be part of this e-book launch get together and pay tribute to Clark.

Davis additionally has Clark tales. She stated the anecdotes about his fixed use of the large disc and his demand to sing in highschool on demand have been true, however that just a little concerning the baseball bat is not a lot.

“He actually knew everybody’s identify,” Davis stated.

He knew she was lonely and inspired her to make associates. He tried to persuade her to affix the observe group, which did not work out nicely, however he acquired her into the drama membership, the place she made lifelong associates.

“We have been fortunate to have him,” Davis stated. “He saved the youngsters protected.”

Peterson added that his repute as a “my approach or freeway” official is a bit exaggerated.

“He was listening to what you needed to say,” she stated.

She typically gained episodic battles of wills by being ready and had the information to again her up.

“He gave us power,” she stated.

These wishing to buy a replica of the e-book ought to contact Grubbs at

Matt Fagan is a neighborhood reporter for For limitless entry to the most popular information out of your local people, please join or activate your digital account at the moment.


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