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Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni

Updated May 31, 2019 33k views27 items

List RulesPeople 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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  • 1
    Fashion Model, Model

    Age37

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • 2
    Comedian, Theatrical producer

    Age82

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    NationalityUnited 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 Off-Broadway...  more

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  • 3
    Record producer, Television producer

    Age77

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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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  • 4
    Actor, Singer

    AgeDec. at 86 (1931-2017)

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 seven...  more

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  • 5
    Politician, Author

    Age51

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 resigned as...  more
  • 6
    Model, Actor

    Age88

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 Live...  more

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  • 7
    Businessperson, Designer

    AgeDec. at 80 (1925-2005)

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 founder...  more
  • 8
    Jazz Pianist, Sideman

    AgeDec. at 69 (1937-2007)

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    NationalityUnited 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 composer, and...  more

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  • 9
    Jazz Pianist, Bandleader

    AgeDec. at 96 (1918-2014)

    BirthplaceShelby, Mississippi

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 Angeles...  more
  • 10
    Film Producer, Model

    Age50

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 of...  more
  • 11
    Musician, Jazz Violinist

    Age55

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Regina Carter (Detroit, August 6, 1966) is an American jazz violinist. She is the cousin of jazz saxophonist James Carter....  more
  • 12
    Record producer, Jazz Pianist

    Age64

    BirthplacePontiac, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 Associate...  more
  • 13
    Film Score Composer, Bassist

    Age84

    BirthplaceFerndale, Michigan, United States of America

    NationalityUnited 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 who...  more
  • 14

    Age52

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 win the...  more
  • 15
    Acting Coach, Actor

    Age67

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 1994....  more
  • 16
    Editor, Author

    Age73

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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
  • 17
    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
  • 18
    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 set world records in the...  more
  • 19
    Basketball player

    Age34

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 Memphis....  more
  • 20
    American football player

    Age35

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 the...  more
  • 21

    AgeDec. at 53 (1932-1986)

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 greats of the...  more
  • 22
    Songwriter, Rapper

    Age30

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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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  • 23
    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 and...  more
  • 24
    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
  • 25

    Age39

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 soap...  more