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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Texas Tech University and be of some renown.

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

This list below has a variety of graduates, like Wes Welker and John Denver, in it.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Texas Tech University?” and “Which celebrities are Texas Tech University alumni?”
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Colby Donaldson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Actor, Automobile designer

Age: 44

Birthplace: Christoval, Texas, United States of America

Colby Donaldson (born April 1, 1974) is an American actor and television personality, best known as the runner-up on Survivor: The Australian Outback and as the host for the shows Top Shot and ...more

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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Pilot, Record producer, Poet

Age: Dec. at 54 (1943-1997)

Birthplace: Roswell, New Mexico, United States of America

Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, activist, and humanitarian, ...more

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Angela Braly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni

Age: 57

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

Angela Fick Braly (born July 2, 1961; Dallas, Texas) is an American executive. She served as President and Chief Executive Officer of WellPoint (now Anthem, a large U.S.-based provider of health ...more
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Barry Corbin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 78

Birthplace: Texas, USA, Lamesa

Leonard Barrie "Barry" Corbin (born October 16, 1940) is an American actor. His most well-known role came in the television series Northern Exposure (1990–1995), for which he was ...more
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Natalie Maines is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter

Age: 44

Birthplace: Lubbock, Texas, United States of America

Natalie Louise Maines (born October 14, 1974) is an American singer-songwriter and activist who achieved success as the lead vocalist for the female country band the Dixie Chicks. Born in ...more

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Nick Tredennick is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Inventor
Harry L. ("Nick") Tredennick is an American manager, inventor, VLSI design engineer and author who was involved in the development for Motorola's MC68000 and for IBM's Micro/370 ...more
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Paul Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni

Age: 62

Birthplace: Amarillo, Texas

Paul Scott "Paco" Lockhart (born April 28, 1956) is an American aerospace engineer, retired United States Air Force Colonel and NASA astronaut, a veteran of two Space Shuttle
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Sheryl Swoopes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Sheryl Swoopes Basketball player

Age: 47

Birthplace: Brownfield, Texas, United States of America

Sheryl Denise Swoopes (born March 25, 1971) is a retired American professional basketball player. She was the first player to be signed in the WNBA, is a three-time WNBA MVP, and was named one ...more

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Johnny Hardwick is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

Age: 60

Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States of America

John Michael Hardwick (born December 21, 1958 in Houston, Texas) is an American stand-up comedian, and voice actor. He is best known as the voice of Dale Gribble in the animated American ...more
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Lauro Cavazos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Politician

Age: 92

Birthplace: Kingsville, Texas, United States of America

Lauro Fred Cavazos Jr. (born January 4, 1927) is an American educator and politician. He served as the US Secretary of Education, and was the first Hispanic to serve in the United States
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George Eads is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 51

Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America

George Eads III (born March 1, 1967), is an American actor, known for his role as Nick Stokes on the CBS police drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. On November 25, 2014, it was announced that ...more

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G.W. Bailey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Actor

Age: 74

Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, United States of America

George William Bailey (born August 27, 1944) is an American actor. Although he appeared in many dramatic roles, he may be best remembered for his "crusty" comedic characters such as ...more
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John Hinckley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni

Age: 63

Birthplace: Ardmore, Oklahoma

John Warnock Hinckley Jr. (born May 29, 1955) is an American man who, on March 30, 1981, attempted to assassinate U.S. President Ronald Reagan in Washington, D.C. He wounded Reagan with a bullet ...more
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Charles Bassett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Astronaut

Age: Dec. at 35 (1931-1966)

Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio

Charles Arthur "Charlie" Bassett II, Major, USAF (December 30, 1931 – February 28, 1966) was an American electrical engineer and United States Air Force test pilot. He went to Ohio ...more
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Rick Husband is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Astronaut

Age: Dec. at 46 (1957-2003)

Birthplace: Amarillo, Texas

Rick Douglas Husband (July 12, 1957 – February 1, 2003) (Colonel, USAF) was an American astronaut and fighter pilot. He traveled into space twice: as Pilot of STS-96 and Commander of STS-107. He ...more
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Jeremy Polen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni

Age: 41

Birthplace: Brownsville, Texas

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Jim Marrs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Journalist, Ufologist, Author

Age: 75

Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas

Jim Marrs, born James Farrell Marrs Jr. (December 5, 1943 – August 2, 2017), was an American newspaper journalist and New York Times best-selling author of books and articles on a wide range of ...more
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Jo Carr is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Clergy, Writer

Age: Dec. at 81 (1926-2007)

Birthplace: Greenville, Mississippi

Bettye Jo Crisler Carr (September 29, 1926 – July 7, 2007) was a preacher, a teacher, an author, a missionary, a mother of five, and a leader of the Girl Scouts of the USA. She was an English ...more
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Lane Crockett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Journalist, Newspaper

Age: 77

Birthplace: Ballinger, Texas

Lane Tyler Crockett is the retired entertainment writer and theater/arts critic of the Shreveport Times, the largest newspaper in north Louisiana. While he was at The Times, Gannett syndicated ...more
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Wes Welker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
American football player

Age: 37

Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Wesley Carter Welker (born May 1, 1981) is a former American football wide receiver who is currently an assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He ...more

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Zach Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
American football player

Age: 42

Birthplace: Pampa, Texas

Zachary Michael Thomas (born September 1, 1973) is a former American college and professional football player who was a middle linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen ...more

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Graham Harrell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
American football player

Age: 30

Birthplace: Brownwood, Texas

Graham Stanton Harrell (born May 22, 1985) is an American football coach and former quarterback who is the current offensive coordinator for the USC Trojans. He had previously been an assistant ...more
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Daniel Loper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
American football player

Age: 37

Birthplace: Houston, Texas

Daniel Robert Loper (born January 15, 1982) is a former American football guard. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at ...more
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John T. Smithee is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 67

Birthplace: Texas, Amarillo, Potter County, Contiguous United States, Area code 806, + more

John True Smithee (born September 7, 1951) is an Amarillo attorney who has been since January 1985 a long-term Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives for District 86 in the ...more
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Waggoner Carr is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Author, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 86 (1918-2004)

Birthplace: Texas, United States of America

Vincent Waggoner Carr (October 1, 1918 – February 25, 2004) was a Democratic Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives and Attorney General of Texas.