“Philadelphia is in a perpetual state of potential”

We should celebrate successes more. Philadelphia public school students are full of potential - you only have to look to some of our graduates for that to be clear. Our alumni are making a difference, around the world, in business, government, sports, education, science, technology, arts and entertainment.

Black Thought

Artist, MC, Actor

Germantown High '89

Kevin Bacon

Actor, Musician

Masterman '76

Dawn Staley

Hall of Fame Basketball Player, Olympian, NCAA Title Coach

Dobbins High '88

Zoe Strauss


Girls High '87

Kevin Hart

Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer

George Washington High '97

Seth Green

Actor, Comedian, Producer, Writer

Lamberton '91

Kamal Gray

Musician, Composer

Martin Luther King High '94

Will Smith

Actor, Director, Musician

Overbrook High '86

Judith Rodin

President, Rockerfeller Foundation

Girls High, '62

Jill Scott

Singer, Songrwiter, Actor

Girls High, '89

Pedro A. Ramos

President, Philadelphia Fund

Central High, '83


Musician, Composer

CAPA, '89

Maria Quinones-Sanchez

City Council Member, Philadelphia

Mastbaum High, '88

Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz


Central High, '69

Tina Sloan Green

Co-founder, Black Women in Sport Foundation, Hall of Famer

Girls High, '62

Virgil Gadson

Dancer, "So You Think You Can Dance" contestant

Martin Luther King High, '05

Dom Streater

Designer, "Project Runway" and "Project Runway All Stars" winner

Bodine High, '06

Richard Ross

Philadelphia Police Commissioner

Central High, '82

Dr. Cato Laurencin

Surgeon, Professor

Central High School, '76 

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