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Scott Strazzante Chicago Tribune
"Fighting for Fenger"

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When Dr. William Johnson arrived at Fenger Academy three years ago, he was shocked at what he witnessed--fights in the hallways, fire alarms being pulled and chaos in the classrooms. This Chicago public high school, situated at the crossroads of three South Side gang territories, needed a leader and Johnson stepped forward to assume that role. It hasn't been easy and it hasn't been quick, but the changes that Johnson has made have had a huge impact on Fenger and its 3000 students. Fenger Academy freshman Makesha Robinson is restrained by teachers Gladys Hampton and Sarah Brown in the hallway between periods in Chicago. Robinson was going after a student who accused her of stealing money from his wallet.


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