James Franciscus (John Novak)Dean Jagger (Principal Albert Vane)Vince Howard (Pete Butler)Marian Collier (Miss Scott)Jeanne Bal (Jean Pagano)Andre Philippe (Everett Johns)Marjorie Corley (Miss Dorsey)Kathleen Ellis (Mrs. Floyd)Larry Thor (Mr. Hendriks)Phyllis Avery (Ruth Wilkinson)Burgess Meredith (Principal Martin Woodridge)Steve Franken (Jerry Allen)Stephen Roberts (Mr. Stan Peeples)Stephen Roberts (Stan Peeples)Charles Briles (Ken)Bill Zuckert (Mr. Arthur Bradwell)Marion Ross (Miss Bromfield)Anne Loos (Mrs. Danfield)
Meyer Dolinsky, Theodore Apstein, Margaret Armen, John D.F. Black, Joseph Calvelli, Richard De Roy, John T. Dugan, Harold Gast, Milton S. Gelman, Mel Goldberg, Herman Groves, David P. Harmon, Boris Ingster, George Clayton Johnson, Emmet Lavery, Sidney Marshall, Jerry McNeely, James Menzies, E. Jack Neuman, Robert Presnell Jr., Gilbert Ralston, Milt Rosen, Boris Sagal, Alvin Sargent, Margaret Schneider, Paul Schneider, Lionel E. Siegel, Carol Sobieski, Robert Stambler, Joseph Stefano, Robert E. Thompson, Betty Ulius, Martha Wilkerson, Anthony Wilson, Roland Wolpert, Preston Wood, Howard Gast, Leonard Brown, Donald Michael Platt, John Ryan
The experiences of a young, tough-minded, idealistic high-school English teacher on his first job provided the stories in this series. John Novak begins at Jefferson High School in Los Angeles under Principal Albert Vane, who doesn't always agree with Novak's approach, but admires his dedication to teaching. Eventually, Vane is elected to state superintendent and Martin Woodridge becomes the new principal. Stories centered on Novak's life, student-teacher relationships, and the struggles of other young teachers.