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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
Colby Donaldson 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 Top Guns.
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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Pilot, Record producer, Poet
Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, ...more
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Angela Braly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Angela Fick Braly is an American executive. She served as President and Chief Executive Officer for WellPoint, Inc., a large US-based health care company, and was a member of the company's board ...more
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Barry Corbin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting
Leonard Barrie Corbin, known as Barry Corbin, is an American actor with more than one hundred film, television and video game credits.
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Natalie Maines is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter
Natalie Louise Maines Pasdar is an American singer-songwriter and activist who achieved success as the lead vocalist for the female alternative country band the Dixie Chicks. Born in Lubbock, ...more
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Nick Tredennick is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Inventor
Harry L. 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 microprocessors. ...more
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Paul Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Colonel Paul Scott "Paco" Lockhart is a former American astronaut and a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions. Lockhart, born and reared in Amarillo, Texas, earned degrees in ...more
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Sheryl Swoopes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Basketball player
Sheryl Denise Swoopes is a retired American professional basketball player and the head coach of the women's basketball team of Loyola University Chicago. She was the first player to be signed ...more
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Johnny Hardwick is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter
John Michael Hardwick is a stand-up comedian and voice actor. He is best known as the voice of Dale Gribble in the animated American television show King of the Hill. He served as staff writer, ...more
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Lauro Cavazos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Politician
Lauro Fred Cavazos Jr. is a U.S. educator and politician. He served as Secretary of Education, and was the first Hispanic to serve in the United States Cabinet. A sixth-generation Texan, he was ...more
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George Eads is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting
George Coleman Eads III, is an American actor, best known for his role as Nick Stokes on the CBS police drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. On November 25, 2014, it was announced that Eads ...more
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G.W. Bailey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Actor
George William "G.W." Bailey is an American stage, television and film actor. Although he appeared in many dramatic roles, he may be best remembered for his "crusty" comedic ...more
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John Hinckley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
John Warnock Hinckley, Jr., attempted to assassinate U.S. President Ronald Reagan in Washington, D.C., on March 30, 1981, as the culmination of an effort to impress actress Jodie Foster. ...more
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Charles Bassett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Astronaut
Charles Arthur "Charlie" Bassett II, was an American electrical engineer and United States Air Force test pilot. He was selected as a NASA astronaut in 1963 and assigned to Gemini 9, ...more
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Rick Husband is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Astronaut
Rick Douglas Husband was a United States Air Force Colonel, an astronaut, and the space shuttle commander of STS-107 who was killed when the craft disintegrated after reentry into the Earth's ...more
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Jeremy Polen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
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Jim Marrs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Journalist, Ufologist, Author
Jim Marrs is an American former newspaper journalist and New York Times best-selling author of books and articles on a wide range of alleged cover ups and conspiracies. Marrs is a prominent ...more
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Jo Carr is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Clergy, Writer
Bettye Jo Crisler Carr 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 professor at Texas Tech University in ...more
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Lane Crockett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Journalist, Newspaper
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
Wesley Carter "Wes" Welker is an American football wide receiver and return specialist who is currently a free agent. He played college football for Texas Tech University and was ...more
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Zach Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
American football player
Zachary Michael Thomas is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League for thirteen seasons. He played college football for ...more
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Graham Harrell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
American football player
Graham Stanton Harrell is an American Football assistant coach for the Washington State Cougars and former American football and Canadian Football quarterback. He played college football at ...more
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Daniel Loper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
American football player
Daniel Robert Loper 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 Texas Tech. He last played ...more
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John T. Smithee is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Lawyer
John True Smithee is an Amarillo attorney who has been the Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 86 in the Texas Panhandle since January 1985. Although Smithee ...more
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Waggoner Carr is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Author, Lawyer
Vincent Waggoner Carr was a Democratic Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives and Attorney General of Texas.