Strict phys-ed program pays off for one Oakland school

01/25/2006 | San Francisco Chronicle

In the 10 years he's been at the helm of Frick Middle School's physical education program, former professional boxing judge Kermit Bayless has run a strict, boot-camp style program that cuts no breaks to students who forget to bring in their gym clothes. At the predominantly poor, black and Latino school, more than 68% of seventh-graders last year passed the California fitness test, compared with 16% of all seventh-graders citywide.

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