Overbrook High School
This article pertains to the Overbrook High School in Philadelphia. For the Southern New Jersey high school, please see Overbrook High School (New Jersey).

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.

School uniforms

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

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


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