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->'''School Bully''': Hey where's our regular teacher?\\
'''Hammer''': He took an easier assignment.... as a janitor at Chernobyl.
-->-- ''Series/SledgeHammer'', "To Sledge With Love"

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).

Inverted in many parts of Europe, where the well-to-do tend to live in the inner cities.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Ishiyama High, the {{Delinquents}} school from ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}''.
* ''Manga/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).

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/OmegaTheUnknown'' has a rather extreme example where [[spoiler:one boy is beaten in a bathroom for tattling, eventually dying from his injuries]].
* ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'': One special has several stories where Frank investigates New York City public schools, dealing with problems such as guns or drugs being sold to the students (by the janitor and the principal respectively) and in one case, using ScareEmStraight on two kids before they start working for the Mafia).
* In ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]]'' Tim Drake transfers to a deplorable school in Bludhaven the week after his old school was shot up and closed down in a gang war (during which a friend of his died in his arms), his girlfriend was murdered in the same gang war, and his father was murdered by Captain Boomerang. He is understandably furious when some of the other students approach him with questions about the shootings at his previous school and arranges things so that he can drop out before a week is up.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* 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 ''Series/GrangeHill''. 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.

* Seen as early as ''Film/BlackboardJungle'' in 1955.
* ''Film/ToSirWithLove'' showed this trope applies across the pond.
* ''Film/SaveTheLastDance'' takes place in one of these, with the heroine becoming the TokenMinority - and she's white.
* ''Film/ClassOf1984'' and the sci-fi pseudo-sequels ''Class of 1999'' and ''Class of 1999 II''.
* ''Film/LeanOnMe''
* ''Film/StandAndDeliver''
* ''Film/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.
* ''Film/TheSubstitute'' and its sequels, which were chock full of MightyWhitey posturing and 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''
* ''Film/ThePrincipal'': Brandel High is in the middle of a crime-ridden district. It's up to a disgraced reassigned principal to clean house.
* 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.
* Parodied in ''Film/ClassAct''. The rundown inner city school is ''in the same building'' as the prestigious ElaborateUniversityHigh, separated only by a door. BookWorm Duncan and the kid-from-the-wrong-side-of-the-tracks Blade end up in each other's classes by mistake after their records get mixed up.
* A complex RealLife example in documentary ''Film/HoopDreams''. Inner-city Marshall High is shown as a big step down from St. Joseph, the hoity-toity private school that kicks Arthur out when his family can't pay tuition. However, the faculty at Marshall are shown to be dedicated and hard-working, and the implication is that they care about Arthur more than the folks at St. Joseph ever did.

* Tangerine Middle in ''Literature/{{Tangerine}}'', in [[{{Shadowland}} stark contrast]] to Lake Windsor Middle.
* ''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 ''Film/{{Push}}'' by Sapphire goes.
* Parker JuniorHigh in ''Literature/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.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''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.
* ''Series/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 Creator/LennyHenry vehicle ''Series/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]] ''Series/MadTV'' sketch making fun of SaveOurStudents films. In it, a [[WhiteMansBurden Nice White Lady]] inspires an inner-city school of troubled minority students.
* 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'' takes place in one.
* ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'' has another aversion, taking place in an NYC public school that's as nice as every other part of the Franchise/DisneyChannelLiveActionUniverse.
* ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'' has this in the form of a remedial English class in their otherwise normal high school. The class is constantly in chaos, the teacher is ''tied up and hung from the ceiling'', and a greaser in a leather jacket brings a vicious dog into the classroom, among other things. Drake's SadistTeacher threatens to send him there as a ''punishment''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'', inner city boys-only Kasugayama High School has this reputation, especially compared to the more prestigious co-ed and residential Seven Sisters High. Kasugayama's delinquent gangs are a significant plot element of Eikichi's recent history and character development in ''Innocent Sin''.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* 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!]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* 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. The B-plot is this a sort of WholePlotReference to ''Film/StandAndDeliver'' listed above.