Famous Whitney Young High School Alumni

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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?”


  • Michelle Obama
    Writer, Lawyer
    • Age: 59
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
    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 2017. She ...more
  • Joan Higginbotham
    Astronaut, Engineer
    • Age: 58
    • 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 third ...more
  • Andy Wachowski
    Comic book creator, Film Producer, Screenwriter
    • Age: 55
    • 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.
  • Marcus Jordan
    Basketball player
    • Age: 32
    • 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 of ...more
  • Michael Bearden

    Michael Bearden

    Film Score Composer
    Michael Bearden is a film actor and producer.
    • Age: 48
    • 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.