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Famous Sumner High School Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Sumner High School and be of some renown.

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

Items on this list include Tina Turner and Arthur Ashe.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Sumner High School?” and “Which celebrities are Sumner High School alumni?”
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    Arthur Robert Ashe Jr. (July 10, 1943 – February 6, 1993) was an American professional tennis player who won three Grand Slam titles. Ashe was the first black player selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open. He retired in 1980. He was ranked World No. 1 by Harry Hopman in 1968 and by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph and World Tennis Magazine in 1975. In the ATP computer rankings, he peaked at No. 2 in May 1976.In the early 1980s, Ashe is believed to have contracted HIV from a blood transfusion he received during heart bypass surgery. Ashe publicly announced his illness in April...  more
    • Profession: Tennis player
    • Age: Dec. at 50 (1943-1993)
    • Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States of America
    • Gender: Male

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    Richard Claxton Gregory (October 12, 1932 – August 19, 2017) was an American comedian, civil rights activist, social critic, writer, conspiracy theorist, entrepreneur, and occasional actor. During the turbulent 1960s, Gregory became a pioneer in stand-up comedy for his "no-holds-barred" sets, in which he mocked bigotry and racism. He performed primarily to black audiences at segregated clubs until 1961, when he became the first black comedian to successfully cross over to white audiences, appearing on television and putting out comedy record albums.Gregory was at the forefront of political activism in the 1960s, when he protested the Vietnam War and racial injustice. He was arrested...  more
    • Profession: Comedian, Entrepreneur, Actor, Writer
    • Age: 87
    • Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
    • Gender: Male

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    Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock, November 26, 1939) is an internationally recognized singer, songwriter, and actress. She is originally from the United States, and has been a Swiss citizen since 2013. Turner rose to prominence with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm before recording hit singles both with Ike and as a solo performer. One of the best-selling recording artists of all time, she has been referred to as The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll and has sold more than 200 million records worldwide. Turner is noted for her energetic stage presence, powerful vocals, career longevity, and trademark legs. Anna Mae Bullock was born in Nutbush, Tennessee. She began her career in 1958 as a featured singer...  more
    • Profession: Record producer, Choreographer, Author, Actor, Singer
    • Age: 80
    • Birthplace: Nutbush, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Gender: Female

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  • Ethel Hedgeman Lyle (born Ethel Hedgeman, February 10, 1887 - November 28, 1950) was a Founder of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (ΑΚΑ) at Howard University in 1908. It was the first sorority founded by African-American college women. Lyle is often referred to as the "Guiding Light" for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Lyle had a forty-year career as an educator and was active in public life. She was National Treasurer of the sorority for more than twenty years. Ethel Hedgeman Lyle chartered (established) and was the first president of Omega Omega, its first alumnae chapter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lyle also founded the West Philadelphia chapter of the League of Women Voters...  more
    • Profession: Educator
    • Age: Dec. at 63 (1887-1950)
    • Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri
    • Gender: Female