The book hasn’t even been written yet, but film producers are already reportedly all over Carter Paysinger’s proposed memoirs – a deal recently made at Simon & Schuster – which will see the first African American principal in the 80-plus year history of Beverly Hills High, tell his story, from South Central factory worker’s son, to shaking up the status quo and being elected to his current position as principal.
A little bit about Carter from a 2010 Beverly Hills Dispatch report:
When Carter Paysinger graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1974, he thought he’d permanently avoided a dreaded trip to the principal’s office. Now he’s making that trip every day—with pleasure. Paysinger, an assistant principal at the school, has been named interim principal for the 2010-2011 school year. He will replace Joseph Guidetti, who was dismissed by the district for undisclosed reasons and will leave at the end of this school year. “It’s a thrill and pleasure to have this opportunity,” Paysinger, 53, said. “It’s always been more than a job for me because of my history here, being an alum and coaching and teaching here for as many years as I have.”
Paysinger will assume the top job at the school after serving in various coaching and teaching roles for three decades. Six years after donning his cap and gown, Paysinger returned as an assistant football coach. After earning his teaching credential in 1983, he was hired as a physical education teacher. In 1990 he left Beverly Hills High to devote more time to his fledgling real estate business. That absence was even more short-lived than the first. Within a few weeks he was back as head football coach.
In 1997, he became Beverly Hills’ athletic director, a position he held along with the coaching gig until 2009, when he became an assistant principal at BHHS. Paysinger considers his longtime affiliation with the school a major asset, and he already has a list of tasks to tackle.
I suppose we can assume that he went from interim principal to being hired for the job.
According to Deadline, several producers are interested in the project, like Alan and Peter Riche (Peter played football for the team when Paysinger was head coach), but no deals have been done… yet.
Steven Fenton, son of the mayor of Beverly Hills, will write the book with Paysinger, and Bettina Gilois (who co-wrote the script for the 2006 sports drama Glory Road).
The photo above is of Paysinger and assistant principal, Chuck Kloes.