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Famous Whitney Young High School Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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?”

  • Michelle Obama1

    Michelle Obama

    Writer, Lawyer


    BirthplaceChicago metropolitan area, Illinois, Chicago, United States of America, United States

    Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (née Robinson; born January 17, 1964) is an American lawyer,...  more

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  • Joan Higginbotham2

    Joan Higginbotham

    Astronaut, Engineer


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Joan Elizabeth Higginbotham (born August 3, 1964) is an American engineer and a former NASA...  more
  • Andy Wachowski3

    Andy Wachowski

    Comic book creator, Film Producer


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Andy Wachowski is half of the Wachowski Brothers, responsible for writing, directing, and/or...  more
  • Marcus Jordan4

    Marcus Jordan

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Marcus James Jordan (born December 24, 1990) is an American former college basketball player...  more
  • Michael Bearden5

    Michael Bearden

    Film Score Composer
    Michael Bearden is a film actor and producer....
  • Sharif Atkins6


    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

    Sharif Atkins (born January 29, 1975) is an American television actor. He's best known for his...  more
  • Lana Wachowski7

    Lana Wachowski

    Comic book creator, Film Producer


    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Larry Wachowski, who is also now known as Lana Wachowski, is half of the Wachowski Brothers. ...
  • John Tobias8

    John Tobias

    Graphic Designer


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    John Tobias (born August 24, 1969 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American comic book artist,...  more
  • Quentin Richardson9

    Quentin Richardson

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Quentin L. Richardson (born April 13, 1980) is an American retired professional basketball...  more
  • Tonya Pinkins10

    Tonya Pinkins

    Author, Actor


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Tonya Pinkins (born May 30, 1962) is an American television, film and theater actress and...  more
  • Dominique Canty11

    Dominique Canty

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Dominique Danyell Canty (born March 2, 1977) is an American professional women's basketball...  more
  • Russell Maryland12

    Russell Maryland

    American football player


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Russell James Maryland (born March 22, 1969) is a former professional American football...  more
  • Katrina Adams13
    Katrina Adams (born August 5, 1968) is a former professional American tennis player from...  more
  • 14

    Ethan Stoller

    Ethan Stoller is an American composer, music editor and producer from Chicago,...  more
  • 15

    Anthony Sparks

    Television producer, Screenwriter
    Anthony Sparks is an American television showrunner, writer-producer, and playwright. He is...  more
  • 16

    Sebastian Gawenda

  • 17

    Jennifer Christenson

  • 18

    Arlene Limas

    Arlene Limas (born February 9, 1966) is an American taekwondo practitioner and multiple...  more
  • 19

    Santita Jackson

    Commentator, Television producer


    BirthplaceGreensboro, North Carolina

    Santita Jackson is an American singer and political commentator from Chicago, Illinois. As a...  more
  • 20

    Mawusi Arnett

  • Craig Robinson21

    Craig Robinson

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Craig Phillip Robinson (born October 25, 1971) is an American actor, comedian, musician and...  more

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  • 22

    Lucas Neff

  • Don Franklin23

    Don Franklin

    Ballet Dancer, Actor


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    Don Franklin (born December 14, 1960) is an American actor, best known for his roles in...  more
  • 24

    Chris Rob

    Chris Rob, born Christopher Robinson, is an American musician, originally from Chicago,...  more