In the black-ish episode “justakidfromCompton,” while Junior (Marcus Scribner) tries to get a job as Josh’s (Jeff Meacham) assistant at Stevens & Lido, Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) decide they want to send Dre’s teen cousin Kyra (Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis) to Valley Glen Prep. But when the school treats them like a charity case, they become infuriated.
The principal of Valley Glen Prep is portrayed by Nancy Lenehan. She’s known for her roles on People on Earth (Margaret), Veep (Mrs. Ryan), The New Adventures of Old Christine (Principal Marcie Nunley), and My Name Is Earl (Kay Hickey), among others. Lenehan is also recognized for her roles in films including Sex Tape (Linda), Beauty Shop (Mrs. Shruggs), Pleasantville (Marge Jenkins), and Catch Me If You Can (Amy Adams’ mom, see link above). Fun fact: Nancy Lenehan made her big screen debut in the 1980 movie Smokey and the Bandit II with Burt Reynolds and Sally Field. black-ish airs Tuesdays at 9pm on ABC.