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Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Cass Technical High School and be of some renown.

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 listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni
Fashion Model, Model

Age: 34

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

Naima Mora (born March 1, 1984) is an American fashion model and the winner of Cycle 4 of America's Next Top Model.

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Lily Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni
Comedian, Theatrical producer, Television producer

Age: 79

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin (born September 1, 1939) is an American actress, comedian, writer, singer and producer. Tomlin started her career as a stand-up comedian as well as performing ...more

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Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni
Record producer, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 74

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

Diana Ross (born March 26, 1944) is an American singer, actress, and record producer. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Ross rose to fame as the lead singer of the vocal group the Supremes, ...more

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Della Reese is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni
Actor, Singer, Presenter

Age: 87

Birthplace: Black Bottom, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Delloreese Patricia Early (July 6, 1931 – November 19, 2017), known professionally as Della Reese, was an American jazz and gospel singer, actress, and ordained minister whose career spanned ...more

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Kwame Kilpatrick is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni
Politician, Author, Teacher

Age: 48

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

Kwame Malik Kilpatrick (born June 8, 1970) is an American former politician, having served as a Democratic Michigan state representative and mayor of Detroit from 2002 to 2008. Kilpatrick ...more
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Ellen Burstyn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni
Model, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 86

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

Ellen Burstyn (born Edna Rae Gillooly; December 7, 1932) is an American actress best known for her roles in films of the 1970s, such as The Last Picture Show, The Exorcist, and Alice Doesn't ...more

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John DeLorean is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni
Businessperson, Designer, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 80 (1925-2005)

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

John Zachary DeLorean (January 6, 1925 – March 19, 2005) was an American engineer, inventor and executive in the U.S. automobile industry, widely known for his work at General Motors and as ...more
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Alice Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni
Jazz Pianist, Sideman, Bandleader

Age: Dec. at 70 (1937-2007)

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Alice Coltrane (née McLeod, August 27, 1937 – January 12, 2007), also known by her adopted Sanskrit name Turiyasangitananda or Turiya Alice Coltrane, was an American jazz musician and ...more

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Gerald Wilson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni
Jazz Pianist, Bandleader, Composer

Age: Dec. at 96 (1918-2014)

Birthplace: Shelby, Mississippi

Gerald Stanley Wilson (September 4, 1918 – September 8, 2014) was an American jazz trumpeter, big band bandleader, composer/arranger, and educator. Born in Mississippi, he was based in Los ...more
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Kenya Moore is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni
Film Producer, Model, Author

Age: 48

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

Kenya Summer Moore–Daly (born January 24, 1971), is an American actress, model, producer, author, television personality, and entrepreneur. She co-starred in the Bravo series The Real Housewives ...more
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Regina Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni
Musician, Jazz Violinist, Violinist

Age: 52

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Regina Carter (Detroit, August 6, 1966) is an American jazz violinist. She is the cousin of jazz saxophonist James Carter.
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Geri Allen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni
Record producer, Jazz Pianist, Pianist

Age: 61

Birthplace: Pontiac, Michigan

Geri Antoinette Allen (June 12, 1957 – June 27, 2017) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and recording artist. In additional to her career as a performer and bandleader, Allen was an ...more
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Ron Carter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni
Film Score Composer, Bassist, Professor

Age: 81

Birthplace: Ferndale, Michigan, United States of America

Ronald Levin Carter (born May 4, 1937) is an American jazz double bassist. His appearances on 2,221 recording sessions make him the most-recorded jazz bassist in history.Carter is also a cellist ...more
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Carole Gist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni
Carole Gist Singer

Age: 49

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Carole Anne-Marie Gist (born May 8, 1969) is an American TV host, model and first African American woman to win the Miss USA title.Gist first won the title of Miss Michigan USA and went on to ...more
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Ella Joyce is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni
Acting Coach, Actor, Writer

Age: 64

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Ella Joyce (born Cherron Hoye; June 12, 1954) is an American actress. Joyce is best known for her role as Eleanor Emerson on the FOX comedy-drama sitcom Roc, which originally ran from 1991 until
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Daniel Okrent is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni
Editor, Author, Writer

Age: 70

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

Daniel Okrent (born April 2, 1948) is an American writer and editor. He is best known for having served as the first public editor of The New York Times newspaper, inventing Rotisserie League ...more
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Charles L. Thomas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni

Age: Dec. at 60 (1920-1980)

Birthplace: Alabama

Charles Leroy Thomas (April 17, 1920 – February 15, 1980) was a United States Army major who was a company commander during World War II. In 1997, he was awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's ...more
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Eddie Tolan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni

Age: Dec. at 59 (1908-1967)

Birthplace: Denver, Colorado

Thomas Edward "Eddie" Tolan (September 29, 1908 – January 30/31, 1967), nicknamed the "Midnight Express", was an American track and field athlete who competed in sprints. He ...more
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Chris Douglas-Roberts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 32

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Chris Douglas Roberts (born January 8, 1987) is the CEO and President of DCTG Media Agency and a former professional basketball player. He played college basketball for the University of
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Vernon Gholston is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni
American football player

Age: 32

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Vernon Gholston (born June 5, 1986) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State and was drafted sixth overall by ...more
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Dorothy Ashby is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni
Musician

Age: Dec. at 54 (1932-1986)

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Dorothy Jeanne Thompson (August 6, 1932 – April 13, 1986), better known as Dorothy Ashby, was an American jazz harpist and composer. Hailed as one of the most "unjustly under loved jazz ...more
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Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni
Songwriter, Rapper, Musician

Age: 30

Birthplace: Santa Monica, California

Sean Michael Leonard Anderson (born March 25, 1988), known professionally as Big Sean, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Sean signed with Kanye West's GOOD Music in 2007, Def Jam ...more

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Christine Beatty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni

Age: 48

Christine Rowland Beatty (born May 1970) served as the Chief of Staff from 2002 to 2008 to Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. In January 2008, Beatty resigned amid an emerging political-sex scandal ...more
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Harry Bertoia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni

Age: Dec. at 63 (1915-1978)

Birthplace: Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Harry Bertoia (March 10, 1915 in San Lorenzo, Pordenone, Italy – November 6, 1978 in Barto, Pennsylvania), [1] was an Italian-born American artist, sound art sculptor, and modern furniture ...more
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Cornelius Smith Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni
Actor

Age: 36

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

Cornelius Smith Jr. (born March 18, 1982) is an American actor best known for his portrayal of Marcus Walker on the ABC drama series Scandal from 2015 to 2018, and Frankie Hubbard on the ABC ...more