Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni People

Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni

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List of famous alumni from Cass Technical High School, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Cass Technical High School include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Cass Technical High School alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Cass Technical High School are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Cass Technical High School.

Everything from Diana Ross to Lily Tomlin is included on this list.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Cass Technical High School?” and “Which celebrities are Cass Technical High School alumni?”



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    Naima Mora is an American fashion model and the winner of Cycle 4 of America's Next Top Model.more

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    • Profession: Fashion Model, Model
    • Age: age 31
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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    Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She has been a major force in American comedy since the late 1960s, when she began a career as a stand-up comedian and became a featured performer on television's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Tomlin's career has spanned ...more

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    • Profession: Comedian, Theatrical producer, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit
    • Credits: 9 to 5, Nashville, Murphy Brown, Damages, Orange County, + more
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    Diana Ross
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    Diana Patience Beverly Ross, relative of Robert Ross, was an English children's author and occasional and longtime resident of Shaw, near Melksham, in Wiltshire. A graduate of the Central School of Art in London, she also worked on sculpture and graphic arts and illustrated several of her own books ...more

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    • Profession: Illustrator, Writer
    • Age: Died at 90 (1910-2000)
    • Birthplace: Valletta
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    Della Reese
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    Delloreese Patricia Early, known professionally as Della Reese, is an American singer, actress, game show panelist of the 1970s, one-time talk-show hostess and ordained minister. She started her career in the 1950s as a gospel, pop and jazz singer, scoring a hit with her 1959 single "Don't You Know?".more

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    • Profession: Actor, Singer, Presenter, Minister of religion
    • Age: age 84
    • Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Black Bottom, Detroit
    • Credits: Dinosaur, Harlem Nights, Beauty Shop, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Chico and the Man, + more
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    Kwame Kilpatrick
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    Kwame Malik Kilpatrick is a former Michigan state representative and Democratic mayor of Detroit. He resigned as mayor after being convicted on felony counts, including perjury and obstruction of justice. Kilpatrick was sentenced to four months in jail after pleading guilty, and was released on ...more

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    • Profession: Politician, Author, Teacher
    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Credits: Special Report with Bret Baier
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    Ellen Burstyn is an American actress. Her career began in theatre during the late 1950s, and over the next decade included several films and television series. Burstyn's performance in the acclaimed 1971 ensemble drama The Last Picture Show brought her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress ...more

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    • Profession: Model, Actor, Voice acting, Minister of religion
    • Age: age 83
    • Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit
    • Credits: The Exorcist, Requiem for a Dream, Red Dragon, The Fountain, The Last Picture Show, + more
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    John Zachary DeLorean was an American engineer and executive in the U.S. automobile industry, widely known for his work at General Motors and as founder of the DeLorean Motor Company. DeLorean designed a number of highly popular and iconic vehicles throughout his career, including the Pontiac GTO muscle ...more

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    • Profession: Businessperson, Designer, Engineer
    • Age: Died at 80 (1925-2005)
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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    Alice Coltrane, née McLeod was an American jazz pianist, organist, harpist, and composer, and the second wife of jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane. One of the few harpists in the history of jazz, she recorded many albums as a bandleader, beginning in the late 1960s and early 1970s for Impulse!more

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    • Profession: Jazz Pianist, Sideman, Bandleader, Harpist, Composer, + more
    • Age: Died at 70 (1937-2007)
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Credits: The Dancing Soul of the Walking People
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    Gerald Wilson appeared in the BigTime film.more

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    • Profession: Jazz Pianist, Bandleader, Composer
    • Age: Died at 96 (1918-2014)
    • Birthplace: Shelby, Mississippi, United States of America
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    Kenya Summer Moore is an American actress, model, author, television personality, producer and former Miss USA. She participated in the 1993 Miss Michigan USA pageant and won the Miss USA 1993 title while later finishing in the top six of the Miss Universe 1993 pageant. Moore was the second ...more

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    • Profession: Film Producer, Model, Author, Actor
    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit
    • Credits: Waiting to Exhale, Deliver Us from Eva, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, I Know Who Killed Me, Senseless, + more
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    Regina Carter is an American jazz violinist. She is the cousin of jazz saxophonist James Carter.more

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    • Profession: Musician, Jazz Violinist, Violinist, Teacher
    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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    Geri Allen is an American composer, educator, and jazz pianist, raised in Detroit, Michigan, and educated in the Detroit Public Schools. Allen has worked with many of the greats of modern music, including Ornette Coleman, Ron Carter, Ravi Coltrane, Tony Williams, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Betty ...more

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    • Profession: Record producer, Jazz Pianist, Pianist, Professor, Musician, + more
    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Pontiac, Michigan, United States of America
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    Ron Carter
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    Ron Carter is an American jazz double-bassist. His appearances on over 2,500 albums make him one of the most-recorded bassists in jazz history. Carter is also an acclaimed cellist who has recorded numerous times on that instrument. He was elected to the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 2012.more

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    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Bassist, Professor, Musician, Actor
    • Age: age 78
    • Birthplace: Ferndale, Michigan, United States of America
    • Credits: What Happens in Vegas, Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2 1/2, A Gathering of Old Men, Blind Faith, One Night with Blue Note, + more
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    Carole Gist

    Carole Anne-Marie Gist was the first African American woman to win the Miss USA title. Gist first won the title of Miss Michigan USA and went on to win the Miss USA crown on March 2, 1990 in Wichita, Kansas. The 1990 pageant had representatives from Georgia, Alaska, Kentucky, South Carolina and Karin ...more

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    • Profession: Singer
    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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    Ella Joyce
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    Ella Joyce is an American actress.more

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    • Profession: Acting Coach, Actor, Writer, Consultant
    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois
    • Credits: Reality Bites, Set It Off, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, Bubba Ho-Tep, Roc, + more
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    Daniel Okrent
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    Daniel Okrent is an American writer and editor. He is best known for having served as the first public editor of The New York Times newspaper, for inventing Rotisserie League Baseball, and for writing several books, most recently Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, which served as a major ...more

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    • Profession: Editor, Author, Writer
    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Credits: Sweet and Lowdown, The Hoax, Prohibition
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    Charles L. Thomas
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    Major Charles Leroy Thomas was a United States Army officer who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions while a company commander during the capture of Climbach, France in 1944 — the second African American to be awarded one during World War II. This award was upgraded to the Medal ...more

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    • Age: Died at 60 (1920-1980)
    • Birthplace: Alabama, United States of America
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    Eddie Tolan
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    Thomas Edward "Eddie" Tolan, nicknamed the "Midnight Express", was an American track and field athlete who competed in sprints. He set world records in the 100-yard dash and 100 meters event and Olympic records in the 100 meters and 200 meters events. He was the first non-Euro-American to receive the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1908-1967)
    • Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States of America
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    Chris Douglas-Roberts is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the University of Memphis.more

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    • Profession: Basketball player
    • Age: age 28
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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    Vernon Gholston is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League. He played college football at Ohio State and was drafted sixth overall by the New York Jets in the 2008 NFL Draft. In three seasons with the Jets, he started just five games, and never recorded a sack. He is ...more

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    • Profession: American football player
    • Age: age 29
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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