Strawberry Mansion High, Once One of US's Most Dangerous Schools, Receives Hope, Help

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"It just reminds people that we're here and that we're legitimate and that we're still a school, we're still running and we still have a lot to offer to all of our students in this neighborhood, in this community," said Evan Kramp, who was a new history teacher last year.

The Knights suffered a setback when their quarterback was suspended, but sophomore Jyquan stepped up and played quarterback and running back. The team was undefeated in their first season.

"Football keeps me out of trouble. ... I ain't thinking about the streets or nobody else. I'm just thinking about football," he said. "But now since football season's over, I'm just going to the gym every day, lift weights, get bigger for my 12th grade year next year, because like I'm trying to go to a good college."

After the ABC News special aired, Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Drake reached out to see how he could help.

"I caught this piece that Diane did and I was like by the end of it I was so heavily affected that at the end I started questioning like major aspects of my life," Drake said. "It just really changed a lot about me."

So when Drake's world tour landed in Philadelphia, he met with Mansion students at the concert hall. For a school that didn't have the funding for a choir teacher last year, Drake gave them a huge surprise.

"I wanted to let you know that in the next few months I'm building a recording studio inside your school so anybody that's interested in music, you know anybody that wants to rap, sing. I want to encourage you, I want to encourage you to utilize that facility and try to make whatever dreams you have to come true," he told them.

Cliatt-Wayman remains dedicated to making Strawberry Mansion a better school. At the Pennsylvania Conference for Women last month, she gave the keynote address, alongside Hillary Clinton and Madeline Albright, in which she talked about the struggles at Mansion and said "this nation must invest in the education of all its children, if they are going to remain the wealthiest country on earth."

"When I was asked to participate in this conference, I first thought it was not real. Why would anybody want me to speak in the same forum as Hillary Clinton, I am only a principal," she said.

But the 6,000 people listening to her speech gave her a standing ovation.

Cliatt-Wayman's message is about reality, which she knows resonates outside her world, and she won't stop motivating her students to hope for success.

"I might not be able to get them into Harvard. I may not, you know, be able give them anything materialistic, but I can give them some hope, and God, don't underestimate the power of hope," she said. "Because when children have hope, they can succeed."

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