STOCKTON, CA - There aren't many problems that Dr. Marlon Gayle hears from kids to which he can't relate.
Gayle is an assistant principal at Stockton's Bear Creek High School. He feels because of his background, he can talk to anyone about pretty much everything.
"I try to give them hope that you can turn around and people can look up to you in the future," said Gayle.
As a youth, Gayle's family dealt with drug issues, jail time, and homelessness. He said it wasn't unusual for his family to get food from McDonald's restaurant dumpsters.
Now he happily shares his tales of trouble with kids.
"Just walking around campus, they know the story. They say 'If Mr. Gayle can do it, I can do it,'" said Gayle.
Gayle was a good student despite all those hardships, but as a senior at Bear Creek, he earned an early departure.