Schools based on those in RealLife, where the poorer students go, [[SuckySchool not to learn]], but to cut class, steal what isn't nailed down, vandalize what is, get it on in the restrooms, and do drugs all the time. Most of the teachers have [[DespairEventHorizon all just given up on doing any actual teaching]].

And there are touches just to show how bad things are, like cages around the clocks, just to keep the students from messing with them.

This is where the SaveOurStudents plot usually takes place (but not always). They are often multi-ethnic enough to throw together a FiveTokenBand. There is no [[InWithTheInCrowd in crowd to be in]], and if circumstances force a RichBitch to transfer here, she will be devastated to learn there is no respect for the AlphaBitch.

The uniform of choice involves piercings, hair spray painted every color of the spectrum, leather jackets, and/or baggy jeans showing off students' colorful boxers.

TruthInTelevision to some extent in the US, as American public schools are funded by local taxes on property and the inner city tends to be poor (higher-income parents tend to live in suburbs outside the city's municipal boundaries and commute daily).

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* Ishiyama High, the {{Delinquents}} school from ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}''.
* ''CromartieHighSchool''.
* Every high school mentioned in ''Manga/AngelDensetsu'' that is not Hekikuu (at least from the reader's point of view). Of course ''in'' the manga, Hekikuu High is the most feared of them all, with the devil Banchou, his invincible flunkies and all the yakuza fights around school.
* All the high schools in Takahashi Hiroshi's works. Both ''TheCrows'' and ''{{Worst}}'' take place in the infamous Suzuran High. Bonus points for the extreme realism of the settings (not of the people, but hey, it's a shounen after all).
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* OmegaTheUnknown has a rather extreme example where [[spoiler: one boy is beaten in a bathroom for tattling, eventually dying from his injuries]].
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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' universe, the Thieves' Guild School is this, especially when used as a counterpoint to the upmarket and patrician Assassins' Guild school. If the AG School corresponds to an upscale British public boarding school, then the TG School is the downmarket inner city comprehensive ''{{Grange Hill}}''. See ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6093110/1/Clowning-is-a-Serious-Business Clowning is a Serious business]]'', which has a sub-theme of Education in Ankh-Morpork.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Seen as early as ''BlackboardJungle''.
* ''Film/ToSirWithLove'' showed this trope applies across the pond.
* ''SaveTheLastDance'' takes place in one of these, with the heroine becoming the TokenMinority - and she's white.
* ''ClassOf1984'' and the sci-fi pseudo-sequels ''Class of 1999'' and ''Class of 1999 II''.
* ''Film/LeanOnMe''
* ''Film/StandAndDeliver''
* ''HighSchoolHigh'' is a parody of films where a teacher tries to inspire inner city schoolkids.
* ''Film/DangerousMinds'', based on [=LouAnne=] Johnson's autobiographical account ''My Posse Don't Do Homework''. While the high school itself might be well off, the bussed in kids are typical of the trope.
** The TV show is more typical of the trope than the movie.
** The [=WebTV=] group ''Website/CollegeHumor'' did a parody of the trailer for ''Film/DangerousMinds'', set in a school like this for wizards, with [[Franchise/HarryPotter Hermione Granger]] as the teacher. [[http://www.collegehumor.com/video/5803618/dangerous-wands It is even better than it sounds!]]
* ''The Substitute'' and its sequels, which were chock full of MightyWhitey posturing and [[UnfortunateImplications wholesale slaughter]] of [[EagleLand Mexican students]].
* In the LooselyBasedOnATrueStory movie ''Film/FreedomWriters'', the main character tries to change the school she works at from this.
* The Italian film ''CiaoProfessore'' is basically ''Film/ToSirWithLove'' with little Italian kids.
* ''Film/WildCats''
* ''ThePrincipal''.
* The French movie ''Entre les murs'' (literally "Between the walls", English title is ''The Class'') is based on the semi-autobiographical novel by François Bégaudeau, a teacher in Paris who taught at one of these schools.
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* ''Literature/UpTheDownStaircase'' depicts one of these from the point of view of a teacher who is a novice, and is thus willing to try.
* The school where Precious of ''{{Push}}'' by Sapphire goes.
* Parker JuniorHigh in ''EthanSuspended''. Not played entirely straight in that, while it may have security cameras and uniforms instead of soap in the bathrooms and textbooks printed in recent decades, it's a fully-functioning school where actual learning takes place.
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* ''Series/LincolnHeights'' averts this. Neither the middle school or the high school featured resemble an inner city school, despite being in an inner city neighborhood. In fact the schools have teachers that actually care about the students, fairly updated technology and diverse ethic and racial groups.
* ''TheGreatestAmericanHero''
* ''Series/BostonPublic''
* Used in an episode of ''Series/WithoutATrace''.
* ''BronxZoo''.
* Fourth season of ''Series/TheWire'' that takes place at the MiddleSchool Randy, Dukie, and Michael attend and is particularly brutal and honest example of how they subconsciously prepare the kids for a life of dealing resulting in some of the series' biggest [[TearJerker tear jerkers]].
* Featured in two episodes of ''Series/ColdCase'', ''8:03 AM'' and especially ''True Calling''
* Another UK example; Hope Park [[TheGoodOldBritishComp Comprehensive]] in 1990s LennyHenry vehicle ''HopeAndGlory''. Henry plays a "superhead" of the kind that were [[RippedFromTheHeadlines in the UK news at the time]], trying to [[SaveOurStudents turn around]] a school where the sixth form centre was burnt down, and the former head (Creator/PeterDavison) turns his leaving speech into a rant about how worthless it all is.
* An early UK example is Fenn St School from the early 1970s sitcom ''Series/PleaseSir''.
* The Ur UK example is, of course, ''Series/GrangeHill'' which, although actually set in a more suburban area of North London, was a comprehensive school often struggling with funding, community relations, recruitment etc and also had many pupils from the sort of backgrounds and with the issues typical of this trope.
* This trope was rather acidly parodied in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVF-nirSq5s this MadTV sketch]].
* Averted on ''Series/{{Glee}}''. Rival glee club Vocal Adrenaline is based at a public school in Akron, Ohio, which is a lot like {{UsefulNotes/Cleveland}} but not quite as affluent or classy. Nonetheless, the club has an ''exorbitant'' budget and has pulled stunts that you wouldn't expect from an inner city school in a DyingTown. This is because the Ohio on ''Glee'' [[InNameOnly has nothing]] [[TelevisionGeography in common]] with the real-life state.
* ''Series/WelcomeBackKotter''
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* PS 118 in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''. Ironically, while the school is managed by DeanBitterman Principal Wartz everything is more or less under control, but the episode "Principal Simmons" replaces him with the SaveOurStudents professor Simmons that [[FromBadToWorse everything goes to hell]].
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' when Brian had to teach a group of very tough students, though this was in a remedial class in a suburban school as opposed to an InnerCitySchool. The tone remains the same, though, and the students fit the archetypes commonly seen in the InnerCitySchool depictions.'
* The B-plot in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Eek, A Penis!" has Cartman temporarily teaching in place of Mr. Garrison, and his "class" gets high test scores thanks to Cartman giving them all the answers. He's then chosen to teach at an inner-city school, and teaches the kids how to cheat to pass their tests. They all ace a difficult exam, and students and teachers alike hail him as a hero.
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