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.

Kenneth Carleton Frazier

Chairman, President and CEO of Merck & Co.

Northeast High '70

Betty Liu

Journalist, Television Anchor, Bloomberg Television

Central High, '91

Judith Rodin

Retired President, Rockefeller Foundation

Girls High, '62

Mary Schmidt Campbell

President, Spelman College

Girls High '65

Black Thought

Artist, MC, Actor

Germantown High '89

Pedro A. Ramos

President, Philadelphia Fund

Central High, '83

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

Trang Do

News Reporter, News Anchor

Central High '02

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

Jill Scott

Singer, Songrwiter, Actor

Girls High, '89


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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