Overbrook High SchoolEdit profile
Overbrook High School is a public, four-year secondary school located in the Overbrook section of West Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. An inner-city school, it is perhaps most well-known because of its famous alumni which include Wilt Chamberlain and Will Smith.
Overbrook High School is officially designated by the School District of Philadelphia as Location #402, in the West Region. As of 2005, the school principal of Overbrook is Ethelyn Payne Young.
Although the school's population fluctuates, enrollment for 2004-2005 was 2,075 students (grades 9â12). Although some students are White, Asian, or Latino, 99% of the student population is African American.
Since the 2002-03 school year Overbrook has required students to wear school uniforms . Shirts may be white or black. Bottoms may be khaki or black.
Notable alumni of Overbrook High School include:
- Philip Allen, sports talk radio icon; Negro League Baseball historian
- Len Barry, lead singer/songwriter, The Dovells
- John Blake, Jr., jazz violinist
- Jerry Blavat, disc jockey
- Bill Bloom, songwriter and musician; best known for writing and producing "Double Dutch Bus"
- Guion S. Bluford, Jr., space-shuttle astronaut; first African-American in space
- Solomon Burke, soul singer
- Bill Cash, Negro League star, Baseball Hall of Famer
- Wilt Chamberlain, NBA basketball legend
- The Delphonics, R&B singing
- Jon Drummond, Gold-medal track winner, 2000 Olympics
- Ted Eisenberg, World record-holding breast surgeon
- Chaka Fattah, U.S. Congressman (D-PA)
- Mike Gale, NBA/ABA basketball player
- Bobb Goldsteinn, songwriter ("Washington Square"); producer; coiner of term "multimedia"
- The Last Emperor (Jamal Gray), rapper
- Walt Hazzard (Mahdi Abdul-Rahmad), NBA guard; UCLA All-American player and coach
- Rosetta Hightower, lead singer, The Orlons
- Wayne Hightower, NBA and ABA power forward, center
- Wali Jones, NBA player; Miami Heat executive
- Jacob Landau, nationally recognized artist, teacher
- James Lassiter, film producer; Will Smith's business partner in Overbrook Entertainment
- Lewis Lloyd, professional basketball player
- Frank Piasecki, helicopter inventor; National Medal of Technology winner
- Marion Ramsey, actress (Sgt. Hooks in Police Academy (film) movies
- Malik Rose, NBA player
- Dee Dee Sharp, singer
- Will Smith, Oscar-nominated actor; rapper
- Willie L. Williams, former police commissioner, Philadelphia and Los Angeles