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Famous Cass Technical High School Alumni

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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?”
  • Naima Mora1

    Naima Mora

    Fashion Model, Model


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    Naima Mora (born March 1, 1984) is an American fashion model and the winner of Cycle 4 of...  more
  • Lily Tomlin2

    Lily Tomlin

    Comedian, Theatrical producer


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin (born September 1, 1939) is an American actress, comedian, writer,...  more

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  • Diana Ross3

    Diana Ross

    Record producer, Television producer


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    Diana Ross (born March 26, 1944) is an American singer, actress, and record producer. Born and...  more

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  • Della Reese4

    Della Reese

    Actor, Singer


    BirthplaceBlack Bottom, Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

    Delloreese Patricia Early (July 6, 1931 – November 19, 2017), known professionally as Della...  more

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    #865 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time#38 of 225 The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time

  • Kwame Kilpatrick5

    Kwame Kilpatrick

    Politician, Author


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    Kwame Malik Kilpatrick (born June 8, 1970) is an American former politician, having served as...  more
  • Ellen Burstyn6

    Ellen Burstyn

    Model, Actor


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    Ellen Burstyn (born Edna Rae Gillooly; December 7, 1932) is an American actress best known for...  more

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  • 7

    John DeLorean

    Businessperson, Designer

    AgeDec. at 80 (1925-2005)

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    John Zachary DeLorean (January 6, 1925 – March 19, 2005) was an American engineer, inventor...  more
  • Alice Coltrane8

    Alice Coltrane

    Jazz Pianist, Sideman

    AgeDec. at 70 (1937-2007)

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    Alice Coltrane (née McLeod, August 27, 1937 – January 12, 2007), also known by her adopted...  more

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  • Gerald Wilson9

    Gerald Wilson

    Jazz Pianist, Bandleader

    AgeDec. at 96 (1918-2014)

    BirthplaceShelby, Mississippi

    Gerald Stanley Wilson (September 4, 1918 – September 8, 2014) was an American jazz trumpeter,...  more
  • Kenya Moore10

    Kenya Moore

    Film Producer, Model


    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Detroit

    Kenya Summer Moore–Daly (born January 24, 1971), is an American actress, model, producer,...  more
  • Regina Carter11

    Regina Carter

    Musician, Jazz Violinist


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Regina Carter (Detroit, August 6, 1966) is an American jazz violinist. She is the cousin of...  more
  • Geri Allen12

    Geri Allen

    Record producer, Jazz Pianist


    BirthplacePontiac, Michigan

    Geri Antoinette Allen (June 12, 1957 – June 27, 2017) was an American jazz pianist, composer,...  more
  • Ron Carter13

    Ron Carter

    Film Score Composer, Bassist


    BirthplaceFerndale, Michigan, United States of America

    Ronald Levin Carter (born May 4, 1937) is an American jazz double bassist. His appearances on...  more
  • Carole Gist14

    Carole Gist



    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Carole Anne-Marie Gist (born May 8, 1969) is an American TV host, model and first African...  more
  • Ella Joyce15

    Ella Joyce

    Acting Coach, Actor


    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Ella Joyce (born Cherron Hoye; June 12, 1954) is an American actress. Joyce is best known for...  more
  • Daniel Okrent16

    Daniel Okrent

    Editor, Author


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    Daniel Okrent (born April 2, 1948) is an American writer and editor. He is best known for...  more
  • Charles L. Thomas17
    Charles Leroy Thomas (April 17, 1920 – February 15, 1980) was a United States Army major who...  more
  • Eddie Tolan18
    Thomas Edward "Eddie" Tolan (September 29, 1908 – January 30/31, 1967), nicknamed the...  more
  • Chris Douglas-Roberts19

    Chris Douglas-Roberts

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Chris Douglas Roberts (born January 8, 1987) is the CEO and President of DCTG Media Agency and...  more
  • Vernon Gholston20

    Vernon Gholston

    American football player


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Vernon Gholston (born June 5, 1986) is a former American football defensive end in the...  more
  • 21

    AgeDec. at 54 (1932-1986)

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Dorothy Jeanne Thompson (August 6, 1932 – April 13, 1986), better known as Dorothy Ashby, was...  more
  • Big Sean22

    Big Sean

    Songwriter, Rapper


    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California

    Sean Michael Leonard Anderson (born March 25, 1988), known professionally as Big Sean, is an...  more

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  • 23
    Christine Rowland Beatty (born May 1970) served as the Chief of Staff from 2002 to 2008 to...  more
  • Harry Bertoia24
    Harry Bertoia (March 10, 1915 in San Lorenzo, Pordenone, Italy – November 6, 1978 in Barto,...  more
  • Cornelius Smith Jr.25


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, USA

    Cornelius Smith Jr. (born March 18, 1982) is an American actor best known for his portrayal of...  more