|Created by||Cheryl Hines|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||7|
|Executive producer(s)||Cheryl Hines
|Running time||44 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Horizon Alternative Television|
|Original run||October 15 – November 26, 2010|
School Pride is an American reality television series which aired on NBC, from executive producers Cheryl Hines and Denise Cramsey. The 7-episode series, which follows the renovation of a different public school each week, aired from October 15, 2010, to November 26, 2010. The premiere episode earned 2.90 million viewers.
Each week, cameras follow teachers, students and community members as they perform renovations on an ailing school, which will occur over a seven-day period (ten days for the first episode). A group of community organizers and personalities serve to motivate the volunteers and lead the community through the makeover process. Cameras will revisit the school a few months after the renovation to see how the community has been affected by the changes.
- Jacob Soboroff, political correspondent
- Kym Whitley, comedian and former substitute teacher
- Susie Castillo, actress and Miss USA 2003
- Tom Stroup, SWAT Commander
Development and production
The series is based on the successful rehabilitation of Carver Elementary in Compton, California several years ago, in which a community came together to restore the dilapidated school. Executive producer Cheryl Hines volunteered during the renovation. Afterward, there were positive and lasting effects on the community, with an increase in property value and test scores. Hines felt this would be a good subject for a reality show. She teamed up with Denise Cramsey, a former executive producer on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and pitched the idea to NBC.
In January 2010, NBC announced a two-hour special was in the works for Fall 2010. Enterprise Middle School in Compton, California was renovated over 10 days during the school's spring break. The special served as a backdoor pilot, and NBC green-lighted a series in mid-May. The additional episodes were filmed during renovations of the schools over July and August, 2010.
Each school received approximately $2 million in upgrades and repairs.
Enterprise Middle School in Compton, California
- Renovated from March 31 to April 12, 2010
- Renovated in early July, although the Los Angeles Unified School District initially turned down the renovation invitation.
Lanier Elementary in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- Renovated from July 12 to 18
Kingston Springs Elementary in Kingston Springs, Tennessee
- Renovated from July 22 – July 28, the school was destroyed by flood waters in early May 2010, cutting short the school year.
- Renovated from August 1 to August 7, the school was slated for closure prior to becoming a finalist for a School Pride renovation.
- Renovated from August 13 to August 19
Hollenbeck Middle School in Los Angeles, California
- Renovated August 22 to August 28
An article written by L.A. Times writer Steve Lopez discusses the initial hesitance of the Los Angeles Unified School District in allowing two of its schools (Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies & Hollenbeck Middle School) participate in the show. District officials expressed concerns regarding the quality of work performed and products donated, the costs of repairs and maintenance of the renovations, granting 24-hr access to the schools, and the negative publicity that might be incurred by their involvement with the show. Eventually, LAUSD agreed to the makeovers. However, criticism regarding the "shoddy work" and a "reenacted [scene] that didn't happen" ultimately provided some validation for the district's reluctance. Some school district officials have bemoaned these efforts, arguing that LAUSD spent approximately $106,000 in associated costs as a result, but fail to mentioned the total value of the donations made by the show's corporate sponsors, which could be approximately valued in the millions of dollars.
A critic has also questioned the show's authenticity, arguing that School Pride appears to be scripted or too contrived.
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- School Pride Volunteer announcement
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