Withers is the principal of Edward Tilghman Middle School and has held the post for eleven years. He is regarded as something of a renegade. He entrusts much of the operation of the school to Assistant Principal Marcia Donnelly. Withers goes out on a limb to allow Dr. David Parenti and Howard "Bunny" Colvin to launch a controversial pilot study at his school. Withers holds the education department’s administrators in low regard and refers to their headquarters on North Avenue as the "Puzzle Palace".
Michael Lee - Namond Brice - Randy Wagstaff - Dukie Weems - Donut - Marcia Donnelly - Claudell Withers - Darnell Tyson - David Parenti - Zenobia Dawson - Crystal Judkins - Albert Stokes - Karim Williams - Grace Sampson