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Famous Dunbar High School Alumni

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

List of famous alumni from Dunbar High School, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Dunbar High School include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Dunbar High School alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Dunbar 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 Dunbar High School.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different graduates, including Tupac Shakur and Jennifer Hudson.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Dunbar High School?” and “Which celebrities are Dunbar High School alumni?”
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Mr. T is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Dunbar High School Alumni
Wrestler, Bodyguard, Actor

Age: 66

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Mr. T (born Laurence Tureaud; May 21, 1952) is an American actor, bodyguard, television personality, and retired professional wrestler, known for his roles as B. A. Baracus in the 1980s ...more

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Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Dunbar High School Alumni
Spokesperson, Actor, Singer

Age: 37

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981) is an American singer and actress. She rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American Idol, placing seventh. Hudson made her ...more

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Charles R. Drew is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Dunbar High School Alumni
Researcher, Physician, Surgeon

Age: Dec. at 46 (1904-1950)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Charles Richard Drew (June 3, 1904 – April 1, 1950) was an American surgeon and medical researcher. He researched in the field of blood transfusions, developing improved techniques for blood ...more
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Lou Rawls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Dunbar High School Alumni
Film Score Composer, Musician, Actor

Age: Dec. at 73 (1933-2006)

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Louis Allen Rawls (December 1, 1933 – January 6, 2006) was an American singer, songwriter, actor, voice actor, and record producer. Rawls released more than 60 albums, sold more than 40 million ...more

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Robert C. Weaver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Dunbar High School Alumni

Age: Dec. at 90 (1907-1997)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Robert Clifton Weaver (December 29, 1907 – July 17, 1997) was an American economist, academic, and political administrator; he served as the first United States Secretary of Housing and Urban ...more
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Eleanor Holmes Norton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Dunbar High School Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 81

Birthplace: Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Area code 202, + more

Eleanor Holmes Norton (born June 13, 1937) is an American politician serving as a non-voting Delegate to the United States House of Representatives, representing the District of Columbia. As a ...more
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Edward Brooke is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Dunbar High School Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 99

Birthplace: Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Area code 202, + more

Edward William Brooke III (October 26, 1919 – January 3, 2015) was an American Republican politician. In 1966, he became the first African American popularly elected to the United States Senate. ...more
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Sadie Tanner Mossell Ale... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Dunbar High School Alumni
Social activist, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 91 (1898-1989)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander (January 2, 1898 – November 1, 1989), was the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in economics in the United States (1921), and the first woman to ...more
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Daequan Cook is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Dunbar High School Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 31

Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio

Daequan Cook (born April 28, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for Ironi Nes Ziona of the Israeli Premier League. He was taken 21st overall in the 2007 NBA draft by the ...more
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Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Dunbar High School Alumni
American football player

Age: 31

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Vernon Davis (born January 31, 1984) is an American football tight end for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Maryland. He was drafted ...more
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Oliver Hill is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Dunbar High School Alumni
Politician, Actor, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 100 (1907-2007)

Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States of America

Oliver White Hill, Sr. (May 1, 1907 – August 5, 2007) was an American civil rights attorney from Richmond, Virginia. His work against racial discrimination helped end the doctrine of ...more
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Elizabeth Catlett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Dunbar High School Alumni
Artist

Age: Dec. at 97 (1915-2012)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth Catlett (April 15, 1915 – April 2, 2012) was an American and Mexican graphic artist and sculptor best known for her depictions of the African-American experience in the 20th century, ...more
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Walter E. Fauntroy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Dunbar High School Alumni
Pastor

Age: 86

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Walter Edward Fauntroy (born February 6, 1933) is the former pastor of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and a civil rights activist. He is also a former delegate to the United ...more
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George Faison is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Dunbar High School Alumni
Choreographer, Dancer

Age: 74

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

George W. Faison (born December 21, 1945) is an American dancer, choreographer, teacher, and theater producer, and winner of a 1975 Tony, a Drama Desk Award, and a 1991 nominee for the Emmy ...more
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Barbara Acklin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Dunbar High School Alumni
Songwriter, Singer

Age: Dec. at 55 (1943-1998)

Birthplace: Oakland, California

Barbara Jean Acklin (February 28, 1943 – November 27, 1998) was an American soul singer and songwriter, who was most successful in the 1960s and 1970s. Her biggest hit as a singer was "Love ...more
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Sterling Allen Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Dunbar High School Alumni
Professor, Writer

Age: Dec. at 88 (1901-1989)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Sterling Allen Brown (May 1, 1901 – January 13, 1989) was a black professor, folklorist, poet, literary critic, and first Poet Laureate of the District of Columbia. He chiefly studied black ...more
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Wesley A. Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Dunbar High School Alumni
Wesley A. Brown

Age: Dec. at 85 (1927-2012)

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland

Wesley Anthony Brown (April 3, 1927 – May 22, 2012) was the first African-American graduate of the United States Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, Maryland. He served in the United States Navy ...more
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Jean Toomer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Dunbar High School Alumni
Novelist, Writer

Age: Dec. at 73 (1894-1967)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Jean Toomer (born Nathan Pinchback Toomer, December 26, 1894 – March 30, 1967) was an African-American poet and novelist commonly associated with the Harlem Renaissance, though he actively ...more
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Evelyn Boyd Granville is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Dunbar High School Alumni
Mathematician, Scientist

Age: 94

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Evelyn Boyd Granville (born May 1, 1924) was the second African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics from an American University; she earned it in 1949 from Yale University (she ...more
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Vincent C. Gray is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Dunbar High School Alumni
Vincent C. Gray Politician

Age: 76

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Vincent Condol Gray (born November 8, 1942) is an American politician who served as the seventh mayor of the District of Columbia. He served one term, from 2011 to 2015, losing his bid for ...more
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Vontae Davis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Dunbar High School Alumni
Vontae Davis American football player

Age: 30

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Vontae Ottis Davis (born May 27, 1988) is a former American football cornerback who played for the Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts, and Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He ...more
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Eva Beatrice Dykes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Dunbar High School Alumni

Age: Dec. at 93 (1893-1986)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Eva Beatrice Dykes (1893-1986) was the first black American woman to fulfill the requirements for a doctoral degree, and the third to be awarded a PhD.
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William Montague Cobb is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Dunbar High School Alumni

Age: Dec. at 84 (1906-1990)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Dr. William Montague Cobb (1904 - 1990) was a pioneering 20th-century physical anthropologist. As the first African American to earn a Ph.D in anthropology, and the only one until after the ...more
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Vantile Whitfield is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Dunbar High School Alumni
Vantile Whitfield Production Designer, Television director, Actor

Age: Dec. at 75 (1930-2005)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Vantile Whitfield is an actor and director.