For years, John McDonogh High School has been hampered by low academic performance and stigmatized by a culture of violence. The challenge of bringing it back from the brink of failure is up to its new principal, Dr. Marvin Thompson, and a new staff of teachers. In Dr. T’s first week, his main objective will be to establish his vision for the new John Mac, but this will be no easy task. From student violence, to inexperienced teachers unable to control their classrooms, and community members who are suspicious of change, Dr. T and his staff face the test of a lifetime as the process of transforming John Mac begins.
Watch the first 5 minutes now, then, tune in for the series premiere of Blackboard Wars on Saturday, February 16th at 9/8c, only on OWN.