Dr. Ernest Everett Just - Internationally known biologist and professor at Howard University
Dr. Charles Drew - Perfected the use of blood plasma; Professor of Surgery at Howard University
Percy Julian - Discovered the use of foam to extinguish fires and discovered a method of producing cortisone synthetically
Dr. Fred Drew Gregory - Astronaut, graduate of the United States Air Force Academy (pilot)
Charles Bolden - Astronaut, graduate of the United States Naval Academy (pilot)
Dr. Ronald E. McNair - Astronaut, graduate of M.I.T., Ph.D. in Physics (civilian)
Dr. Hildrus Poindexter - Bacteriologist who studied the epidemiology of tropical diseases.
William "Count" Basie - Internationally known pianist, composer, arranger, and band leader
Langston Hughes - The Black Poet Laureate, excelled as a poet, playwright, novelist, lyricis and humorist
Sterling Brown - Teacher, poet, writer, Professor Emeritus of Literature at Howard University, has a special foundation for folk culture and jazz music
Joe Torry - Comedian and actor
William H. "Bill" Cosby - Comedian, author, actor, producer
Roland Hayes - Internationally known tenor of the 1920s. Hayes sang in five different languages
Steve Harvey - Comedian and actor
Rickey Smiley - Comedian and actor
Tom Joyner - Radio show host
William DeHart Hubbard - University of Michigan sprinter; first black person to represent the United States in the Olympic Games in 1924.
Joe Black - All-time great Brooklyn Dodger baseball pitcher. Lowest ERA in the Major Leagues in 1952.
Ed "Too Tall" Jones - Former Outstanding player with the Dallas Cowboys.
Michael Jordan - Outstanding former player with the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. Voted to NBA Hall of Fame in 2009.
Mo Vaughn - Former outstanding baseball player with the Boston Red Sox.
Steve McNair - Outstanding former NFL player with the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens.
Jerry Ball - 3 time Pro Bowler and former NFL defensive lineman.
Vince Carter - 8-time All-Star. 2-time All-NBA guard for the New Jersey Nets. 1999 NBA Rookie of the Year.
Mark Duper - 3 time Pro Bowler and 2-time All-Pro former wide receiver with Miami Dolphins.
Clarence E. "Big House" Gaines - Hall of Fame Basketball coach. Coached at Winston-Salem State University from 1946 - 1993. Also, 4-year All-CIAA lineman in football.
Dr. Edwin Bancroft (E.B.) Henderson - Captain and outstanding player on the Washington 12th Streeters (1906-1910). He is known as the "Father of Black Sport History". First Black male to become certified to teach Physical Education in public schools.
Keith Jackson - 5 time Pro Bowler and 5 time All Pro former NFL Tight end.He was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001.
Cedric "Cornbread" Maxwell - Outstanding former professional basketball player with the Boston Celtics and other teams. 1981 NBA Finals MVP.
Shaquille O'Neal - Star center with the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers is a 14 time NBA All-star. He is 3 time NBA Final MVP and 2000 NBA MVP.
Brice Taylor - University of Southern California football legend. Guard on mid 1920’s team. Schools first All-American.