An up-close look at South Philadelphia High, the school where violence erupted between African American and Asian students Dec. 3, 2011. The attacks rocked the city, with reverberations around the country sparking a state investigation, a federal probe and a series of city hearings on school violence.
New principal, Otis Hackney, was given unprecedented access to teachers, students, and school police. Hackney and the team of teachers and supervisors he assembled provided a calming presence to racial tensions that had developed in the school's culture. The photo essay illustrated how difficult it is to run a school where neighborhood violence seems to spill into classrooms every day.
These images and others in the series where a part of the team coverage that won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.


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Mr. Hackney's School                                                                                                                                          2011