A school driven by phys ed

One school going against the grain 07:01

"You've lost some kids, you've had to kick some kids out," said Glor. "Realistically, how many of these kids can you keep, can you succeed with?"

"We started with about 108 kids; right now we're at about 95," Nanda responded. "So we've lost about 10 percent of our kids over the first year. That's not bad."

One of the true believers is Deron Rippey, head coach and guidance counselor. He is constantly in motion -- herding kids into class, and intervening when there is a problem.

Rippey keeps families on speed-dial and spends a lot of his time disciplining kids, including 15-year-old Gillet Hood, who is battling anger issues. We were there when Gillet returned to school with his grandma after a week's suspension.

She was furious.

"You are not that guy that you are trying to be. You are perpetrating a fraud," she told her grandson.

Rippey told the youth, "You have to make sure you're helping the situation instead of hurting it, correct?"

"Yeah," Hood replied.

"So when you get ready to get angry and stuff like that, I just want you to picture ME in your face, OK?" his grandmother said. "Picture grandma. What I'M gonna give you when you get back home. If you'd had been in another school, the police would have been involved."

"I promise to do better, I guess," he said. "I mean, I know."

Lots of students at Urban Dove are still struggling, like Gillet. But he's grateful to have a second chance, and he is trying to turn things around.

He's also lost 65 pounds since he's been here.

"You feel better about yourself?" Glor asked.

"Of course I do, I feel perfect about myself," he replied.

With so much stacked against these students, small victories are worth celebrating. And they are part of the reason why Nanda is already looking ahead.

"There's too many kids that need something to help them," he told Glor. "And if we figured out a way to help a group of kids do it, then we've got to help more kids do it."

"If we come back in a few years, where will these kids be?" asked Glor.

"On their way to graduating high school, going on to college, with all the skills and all the tools they need, with no obstacles in their mind as to what their future can be," Nanda replied.

Year 2 at Urban Dove starts tomorrow. While Miakyla Hall won't be there -- her family is moving to New Jersey -- most of the students will return, along with 85 new classmates, nearly doubling the school in size.

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