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From: Jorge Parada
Date: 2007 Apr 18
Subj: Lowell High School and The Basic Eight
I was searching for articles detailing parallels between Lowell High School and Roewer High and came across your website. The John Hand character is modeled after Mr. Johnny Land, who taught music and choir classes at Lowell.
He died in 2005, you can read his obituary here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/10/28/BAGOFFFC2M1.DTL
Was any character modeled after Mr. McMains? He was a real asshole, I remember the time he made a girl break down and cry during geometry class. Rumor had it that he was suspended for a semester after he called a Latino student a "spic" and slammed the student against the lockers.