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Famous Whitney Young High School Alumni

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

Famous alumni from Whitney Young High School; graduates who have achieved stature in their field. Photos are included in this notable Whitney Young High School alumni list. Prominent alums from this institution include celebrities, politicians, business people, and more. This list of distinguished Whitney Young High School alumni is loosely ordered by relevance and sortable by column if you need to search by specific criteria. You can also search and filter the list to find a specific person or name. Please note that this directory is not just composed of graduates of this school; you can find any famous people who attended this school for at least a semester here. This list of successful alumni may even include a few celebrities who attended Whitney Young High School.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different graduates, including Michelle Obama and Joan Higginbotham.

This list answers the questions “who are the most famous alumni from Whitney Young High School?” and “what is a list of big names that went to Whitney Young High School?”

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Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Whitney Young High School Alumni
Writer, Lawyer

Age: 55

Birthplace: Chicago metropolitan area, Illinois, Chicago, United States of America, United States, + more

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (née Robinson; born January 17, 1964) is an American lawyer, university administrator and writer, who was the first lady of the United States from 2009 to ...more

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Joan Higginbotham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Whitney Young High School Alumni
Astronaut, Engineer

Age: 54

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Joan Elizabeth Higginbotham (born August 3, 1964) is an American engineer and a former NASA astronaut. She flew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery mission STS-116 as a mission specialist and is the ...more

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Andy Wachowski is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Whitney Young High School Alumni
Comic book creator, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: 51

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Andy Wachowski is half of the Wachowski Brothers, responsible for writing, directing, and/or producing such films as the Matrix series.
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Marcus Jordan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Whitney Young High School Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 28

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Marcus James Jordan (born December 24, 1990) is an American former college basketball player who played for the UCF Knights men's basketball team of Conference USA. He is the son of retired Hall ...more
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Michael Bearden is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Whitney Young High School Alumni
Michael Bearden Film Score Composer
Michael Bearden is a film actor and producer.
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Sharif Atkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Whitney Young High School Alumni
Actor

Age: 44

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Sharif Atkins (born January 29, 1975) is an American television actor. He's best known for his role as Dr. Michael Gallant on ER and for his role as FBI Agent Clinton Jones on White Collar.
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Lana Wachowski is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Whitney Young High School Alumni
Lana Wachowski Comic book creator, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: 53

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Larry Wachowski, who is also now known as Lana Wachowski, is half of the Wachowski Brothers.  Larry and her brother Andy have written, produced, and directed the Matrix series of films, as ...more

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John Tobias is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Whitney Young High School Alumni
Graphic Designer

Age: 49

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

John Tobias (born August 24, 1969 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American comic book artist, graphic designer, video game designer and writer. Tobias is best known for creating the Mortal Kombat ...more
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Quentin Richardson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Whitney Young High School Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 38

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Quentin L. Richardson (born April 13, 1980) is an American retired professional basketball player, formerly was the director of player development for the Detroit Pistons of the National ...more
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Tonya Pinkins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Whitney Young High School Alumni
Author, Actor

Age: 56

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Tonya Pinkins (born May 30, 1962) is an American television, film and theater actress and author known for her portrayal of Livia Frye on the soap opera All My Children and for her roles on ...more
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Dominique Canty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Whitney Young High School Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 41

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Dominique Danyell Canty (born March 2, 1977) is an American professional women's basketball player, most recently with the Washington Mystics in the WNBA.
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Russell Maryland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Whitney Young High School Alumni
Russell Maryland American football player

Age: 49

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Russell James Maryland (born March 22, 1969) is a former professional American football player. He played defensive tackle for ten seasons for the Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders and Green Bay ...more
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Katrina Adams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Whitney Young High School Alumni

Age: 50

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Katrina Adams (born August 5, 1968) is a former professional American tennis player from Chicago. She is the immediate past President and CEO of the United States Tennis Association, Chairperson ...more
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Ethan Stoller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Whitney Young High School Alumni
Ethan Stoller
Ethan Stoller is an American composer, music editor and producer from Chicago, Illinois. Stoller's first film score was for the independently produced Roadrunner (dir. Christopher Blasingame) in ...more
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Anthony Sparks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Whitney Young High School Alumni
Anthony Sparks Television producer, Screenwriter, Essayist
Anthony Sparks is an American television showrunner, writer-producer, and playwright. He is also an essay writer who focuses on media, performance, and African American politics and culture. He ...more
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Sebastian Gawenda is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Whitney Young High School Alumni
Sebastian Gawenda
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Jennifer Christenson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Whitney Young High School Alumni
Jennifer Christenson
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Arlene Limas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Whitney Young High School Alumni
Arlene Limas

Age: 53

Arlene Limas (born February 9, 1966) is an American taekwondo practitioner and multiple international gold medalist. Limas, who is of Mexican and Polish descent, graduated with honors from ...more
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Santita Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Whitney Young High School Alumni
Santita Jackson Commentator, Television producer, Singer

Age: 56

Birthplace: Greensboro, North Carolina

Santita Jackson is an American singer and political commentator from Chicago, Illinois. As a singer, Jackson toured with Roberta Flack and performed the National Anthem at President Clinton's ...more
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Mawusi Arnett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Whitney Young High School Alumni
Mawusi Arnett
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Craig Robinson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Whitney Young High School Alumni
Onekemi added Actor, Voice acting, Singer

Age: 47

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

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Lucas Neff is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Whitney Young High School Alumni
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Don Franklin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Whitney Young High School Alumni
Onekemi added Ballet Dancer, Actor

Age: 58

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Don Franklin (born December 14, 1960) is an American actor, best known for his roles in seaQuest DSV as Commander Jonathan Ford, Seven Days as Captain Craig Donovan, and as one of The Young ...more
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Chris Rob is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Whitney Young High School Alumni
Onekemi added Chris Rob

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Chris Rob, born Christopher Robinson, is an American musician, originally from Chicago, Illinois, who currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. Rob, the younger brother of actor, comedian, and ...more