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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?”
  • 1
    Naima Mora

    Naima Mora

    Fashion Model, Model


    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Detroit

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

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  • 2
    Lily Tomlin

    Lily Tomlin

    Comedian, Theatrical producer


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, USA

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

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  • 3
    Diana Ross

    Diana Ross

    Record producer, Television producer


    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Detroit

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

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  • 4
    Della Reese

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Kwame Kilpatrick

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Ellen Burstyn

    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 on Wikipedia

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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 on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Alice Coltrane

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Gerald Wilson

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Kenya Moore

    Kenya Moore

    Film Producer, Model


    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Detroit

    Kenya Summer Moore–Daly (born January 24, 1971), is an American actress, model, producer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Regina Carter

    Regina Carter

    Musician, Jazz Violinist


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Regina Carter (Detroit, August 6, 1966) is an American jazz violinist. She is the cousin of... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Geri Allen

    Geri Allen

    Record producer, Jazz Pianist


    BirthplacePontiac, Michigan

    Geri Antoinette Allen (June 12, 1957 – June 27, 2017) was an American jazz pianist, composer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Ron Carter

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Carole Gist

    Carole Gist



    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Carole Anne-Marie Gist (born May 8, 1969) is an American TV host, model and first African... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Ella Joyce

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Daniel Okrent

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Charles L. Thomas
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  • 18
    Eddie Tolan
    Thomas Edward "Eddie" Tolan (September 29, 1908 – January 30/31, 1967), nicknamed the... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Chris Douglas-Roberts

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Vernon Gholston

    Vernon Gholston

    American football player


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

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

    AgeDec. at 54 (1932-1986)

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Dorothy Jeanne Thompson (August 6, 1932 – April 13, 1986), better known as Dorothy Ashby, was... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Big Sean

    Big Sean

    Songwriter, Rapper


    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California

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

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  • 23
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  • 24
    Harry Bertoia
    Harry Bertoia (March 10, 1915 in San Lorenzo, Pordenone, Italy – November 6, 1978 in Barto,... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Cornelius Smith Jr.


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, USA

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