How Carter Paysinger Beat the Odds to Become a High School Principal

The inspiring story of how one man became the first African American principal of Beverly Hills High.
2:17 | 11/21/14

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And now to two men who came together to break boundaries and defy the odds. One of the first african-american principal of Beverly hills high school. Now a book, "Where a man stands." And macameron Mathison has more. Reporter: As a kid in Beverly hills, Steven Fenton loved baseball. So it the other in south central L.A. But that changed when Carter's mom arranged enrollment for her son in mostly white Beverly hills high school. Hi to prove to everybody I belonged. Reporter: He did. So impressive in sports that he was hired by Beverly hills high school as a coach, a teacher and a mentor for local students like Steven Fenton. What do you remember about Steven? An intense, determined, passionate young kid who wanted to prove that he belonged. That reminded me of me. Reporter: Nearly 20 years later, they not only stayed friends, but Steven joined the school board and convinced other members that Carter should be principal of Beverly hills high. The best thing for the school was for Carter to lead it. In my heart I was thinking, you know, I'm not sure if the city of Beverly hills would really embrace an african-american principal. But I had the determination to do it, and I knew Stephen had the determination to do it. This was about turning our school around for the better. Reporter: Some parents were concerned. Some people don't like me because I'm african-american. That's not my problem. That's their problem. Reporter: Their remarkable story, high school buddies from different worlds, beating the odds, now a book. "Where a man stands." We thought this book was going to inspire people to stand up. Carter and I, two ordinary people willing to do something extraordinary. Reporter: I know people that call you guys a multi-racial bromance. We're a generation apart, but we're still so much alike. I am so proud of him. He made it happen. Well, we made it happen. We made it happen. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Cameron Mathison, ABC news, Beverly hills.

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