Well, I went there from 83-86 while Mr McKenna was still principal and I can say that it was very much the culture there. The movie also was filmed during my time at the Washhouse and Mrs Launeville was like a second mom, who is actually the mother of the director and fellow St. Elsewhere actor Eric Launeville. We also had multi-talented gratuates there... Michael Saulsberry(Portrait), Candyman, Yo-Yo, Sir Jinx, WC, Johnny J Jackson, Shatasha Williams, actors, pro ball players, cartoonists, fashion designers, movie directors and many more. Due to Mr. McKennas sternness and general concerns for his students (as depicted in the movie) a lot of us turned out better than we would have otherwise! I don't know of what the school was like prior to my attending, but it was definitely full of everything pictured in the movie when I went there. Thanks to all the contributing staff at Washhouse 83'-86'... Coach Carter, Mrs. Launeville, Mr. McKenna, Mrs Harris, Mrs. Johnson & all others that slips my memory at this time. I will always recommend this film to the youths I encounter.