The Most Famous Person from Every St. Louis High School


For every high school in St. Louis — and lord knows there are a zillion high schools in St. Louis — there is a celebrity. That celebrity may define the image of the school or in some essential way defy it. Who knew, for example, that before tech overlord Jack Dorsey began to dabble in Buddhist techniques, he went to a Catholic high school in a decidedly unglamorous part of south city? Or that MICDS is loaded with big-name celebrity alumni — but highly ranked Cor Jesus Academy falls a bit short on star power?

Read on for our picks for the most famous people to come from each and (nearly) every St. Louis high school. Sorry, Brentwood High … We literally couldn’t even find a single one!
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St. Mary’s High School 
Joe Garagiola  
Athlete/TV personality 
Way back when it was South Side Catholic, two friends from the Hill enrolled at St. Mary’s High School in south city. Fortunately for us, only one graduated, so we don’t have to decide whether Yogi Berra or Joe Garagiola is the more famous. A few years after Garagiola graduated, in 1947, the school got its new name. By then, both boyhood friends were Major League Baseball players.
St. Mary’s High School
Joe Garagiola
Athlete/TV personality
Way back when it was South Side Catholic, two friends from the Hill enrolled at St. Mary’s High School in south city. Fortunately for us, only one graduated, so we don’t have to decide whether Yogi Berra or Joe Garagiola is the more famous.

A few years after Garagiola graduated, in 1947, the school got its new name. By then, both boyhood friends were Major League Baseball players.
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John Goodman
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Affton High School
John Goodman
Actor
At Affton High School, which he graduated from in 1970, actor John Goodman was a football star who played offensive guard and defensive tackle. In fact, he planned to play for Missouri State University, but after he tore his ACL, he threw his energies into a new love: theater.
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Author John O'Leary.
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DeSmet Jesuit High School
John O’Leary
Motivational speaker
John O’Leary, DeSmet class of 1995, already had a huge following for his inspirational story of surviving a house fire as a child and drawing on the words of Joe Buck and other St. Louisans. The movie version of his life, shot here in the fall of 2023 and starring William H. Macy, John Corbett and Joel Courtney, ought to make that high profile even higher.
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Lincoln High School, East St. Louis 
Miles Davis 
Jazz musician 
This is another tough one: Miles Davis (class of 1944) is a jazz legend, while Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1983) is a legendary athlete. But we’re going with Davis on this one because his fame continues to linger three decades after his death. Not many people can say that.
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Lincoln High School, East St. Louis
Miles Davis
Jazz musician
This is another tough one: Miles Davis (class of 1944) is a jazz legend, while Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1983) is a legendary athlete. But we’re going with Davis on this one because his fame continues to linger three decades after his death. Not many people can say that.
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Sumner High School 
Tina Turner 
Pop star 
How can you possibly choose between Chuck Berry and Tina Turner, two recently late, totally great pop icons who literally helped to invent rock & roll? Both went to Sumner High School in north St. Louis, so that makes this choice a critical one. Yet after hearing an RFT intern ask, “Who’s Chuck Berry?” we’re going with the girl born Anna Mae Bullock. Nobody doesn’t know Tina Turner.
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Sumner High School
Tina Turner
Pop star
How can you possibly choose between Chuck Berry and Tina Turner, two recently late, totally great pop icons who literally helped to invent rock & roll? Both went to Sumner High School in north St. Louis, so that makes this choice a critical one. Yet after hearing an RFT intern ask, “Who’s Chuck Berry?” we’re going with the girl born Anna Mae Bullock. Nobody doesn’t know Tina Turner.
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Lutheran High School North
Jim Crane
Businessman 
The owner of the Houston Astros is a proud graduate of Lutheran North, class of 1972. He made his fortune founding a Houston-based air freight logistics business, which reached No. 599 on the Fortune 1000 list. He also formed the Crane Capital Group, Inc. before buying the Astros in 2011.
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Lutheran High School North
Jim Crane
Businessman
The owner of the Houston Astros is a proud graduate of Lutheran North, class of 1972. He made his fortune founding a Houston-based air freight logistics business, which reached No. 599 on the Fortune 1000 list. He also formed the Crane Capital Group, Inc. before buying the Astros in 2011.
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Lutheran High School South
Peter Mayer
Musician
Lutheran South graduate Peter Mayer is a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter based in Nashville. He’s prolific — he’s released no less than 25 albums. But he’s best known as the lead guitarist in Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band.
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Lutheran High School South
Peter Mayer
Musician
Lutheran South graduate Peter Mayer is a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter based in Nashville. He’s prolific — he’s released no less than 25 albums. But he’s best known as the lead guitarist in Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band.
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John Burroughs School
Jon Hamm
Actor
Expensive, and famously challenging, John Burroughs School is positively loaded with celebrity alumni, including Sam Altman (CEO of Open AI), author William S. Burroughs (The Naked Lunch) and actress Ellie Kemper. But we have to give this one to actor Jon Hamm, who didn’t just go to Burroughs — but also returned for a year of teaching there before hitting the big time in Hollywood. He even taught Kemper!
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John Burroughs School
Jon Hamm
Actor
Expensive, and famously challenging, John Burroughs School is positively loaded with celebrity alumni, including Sam Altman (CEO of Open AI), author William S. Burroughs (The Naked Lunch) and actress Ellie Kemper. But we have to give this one to actor Jon Hamm, who didn’t just go to Burroughs — but also returned for a year of teaching there before hitting the big time in Hollywood. He even taught Kemper!
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Berkeley High School 
Cedric the Entertainer 
Entertainer 
In junior high school, Cedric Antonio Kyles left small-town Caruthersville, Missouri, for north St. Louis County, where he graduated from Berkeley High School in 1982. Soon The Wiz, The Steve Harvey Show and a whole host of movies followed.
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Berkeley High School
Cedric the Entertainer
Entertainer
In junior high school, Cedric Antonio Kyles left small-town Caruthersville, Missouri, for north St. Louis County, where he graduated from Berkeley High School in 1982. Soon The Wiz, The Steve Harvey Show and a whole host of movies followed.
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Ladue Horton Watkins High School
Becky Sauerbrunn
Athlete
The captain of the trailblazing U.S. women’s national soccer team, Becky Sauerbrunn first made her name as a soccer standout at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, which she graduated in 2003.
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Kinloch High School 
Jenifer Lewis 
Actor, singer and author 
The “Mother of Black Hollywood” got her start in north county and was a 1974 graduate of Kinloch High School. Now best known for Black-ish and her two memoirs, she also earned her BFA from Webster University.
Kinloch High School
Jenifer Lewis
Actor, singer and author
The “Mother of Black Hollywood” got her start in north county and was a 1974 graduate of Kinloch High School. Now best known for Black-ish and her two memoirs, she also earned her BFA from Webster University.
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Central Visual and Performing Arts High School 
Richard Fortus 
Guitar hero 
Richard Fortus plays rhythm guitar and sometimes lead guitar with Guns N’ Roses. He’s also a helluva nice guy.
Central Visual and Performing Arts High School
Richard Fortus
Guitar hero
Richard Fortus plays rhythm guitar and sometimes lead guitar with Guns N’ Roses. He’s also a helluva nice guy.
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Mike Shannon, a.k.a. Moon Man, died on Sunday.
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Christian Brothers College High School
Mike Shannon
Athlete/broadcaster
After spending grade school at Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic School, Mike Shannon graduated from CBC High School in 1957, where he was Missouri High School Player of the Year in both football and basketball. From there, of course, were the Major Leagues and a long career as a broadcaster.
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McCluer North High School 
Chingy  
Rapper 
Before he was the rapper Chingy, collaborating with Nelly and signed to Ludacris’ label, Chingy was just a kid at McCluer North named Howard Earl Bailey Jr.
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McCluer North High School
Chingy
Rapper
Before he was the rapper Chingy, collaborating with Nelly and signed to Ludacris’ label, Chingy was just a kid at McCluer North named Howard Earl Bailey Jr.
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Visitation Academy 
Mary Engelbreit 
Artist 
Born, raised and still living in St. Louis, Mary Engelbreit’s illustrations are instantly recognizable. Even if you don’t know her name or her face, you know her rosy-cheeked cherubs and her bowers of flowers. That makes her the most famous alumni of all-girls Catholic high school Visitation Academy.
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Visitation Academy
Mary Engelbreit
Artist
Born, raised and still living in St. Louis, Mary Engelbreit’s illustrations are instantly recognizable. Even if you don’t know her name or her face, you know her rosy-cheeked cherubs and her bowers of flowers. That makes her the most famous alumni of all-girls Catholic high school Visitation Academy.
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Cor Jesu Academy 
Ann Wagner 
Congresswoman 
U.S. Representative Ann Wagner graduated from Cor Jesu Academy in 1980 and is in many ways the embodiment of the smart, conservative women we associate with Cor Jesu. (But we’re still voting for Ray Hartmann.)
Cor Jesu Academy
Ann Wagner
Congresswoman
U.S. Representative Ann Wagner graduated from Cor Jesu Academy in 1980 and is in many ways the embodiment of the smart, conservative women we associate with Cor Jesu. (But we’re still voting for Ray Hartmann.)
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Parkway West High School 
Stone Phillips 
TV Journalist 
Move over TV doctor and Bachelor Travis Stork: We think Stone Phillips is the biggest thing to come out of Parkway West — or least the most instantly recognizable. (Yes, the name helps.) At Parkway West, he was the quarterback and an honor roll student. Not surprisingly, he ended up at Yale.
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Parkway West High School
Stone Phillips
TV Journalist
Move over TV doctor and Bachelor Travis Stork: We think Stone Phillips is the biggest thing to come out of Parkway West — or least the most instantly recognizable. (Yes, the name helps.) At Parkway West, he was the quarterback and an honor roll student. Not surprisingly, he ended up at Yale.
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Hazelwood Central High School 
Kate Capshaw 
Actor 
Who knew that actor, and wife of Steven Spielberg, was a Hazelwood girl? Kate Capshaw graduated Hazelwood Central in the class of 1972, long before she starred in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
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Hazelwood Central High School
Kate Capshaw
Actor
Who knew that actor, and wife of Steven Spielberg, was a Hazelwood girl? Kate Capshaw graduated Hazelwood Central in the class of 1972, long before she starred in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
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Hazelwood West High School 
Tom Sandoval 
Reality TV villain 
Much as we’d rather take a walk down memory lane to admire the fine piece of ass that was Al Nipper, we’ll instead acknowledge that way more people today know Tom Sandoval, who gained international infamy on Vanderpump Rules for cheating on his girlfriend, something no one in Hollywood has done before or since.
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Hazelwood West High School
Tom Sandoval
Reality TV villain
Much as we’d rather take a walk down memory lane to admire the fine piece of ass that was Al Nipper, we’ll instead acknowledge that way more people today know Tom Sandoval, who gained international infamy on Vanderpump Rules for cheating on his girlfriend, something no one in Hollywood has done before or since.
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Beaumont High School 
Earl Weaver 
Baseball player/manager 
Of the many prominent alumni of now-shuttered Beaumont High School in north city, we can’t help but focus on Earl Weaver. The Cardinals signed Weaver right out of high school in 1948, but it was after he washed out as a player and became manager of the Baltimore Orioles that Weaver became a legend, famous for his disdain for both small ball and umpires. Wrote pitcher Jim Palmer, “Earl Weaver hated umpires with every fiber of his win-or-die being. He yelled at them. He screamed in their faces. He kicked dirt on them. He tore up rule books. He taunted and tortured them.” Our kind of guy. 
(That's a young Mike Leahy, better known as Clownvis Presley, and his Grandpa Earl!)
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Beaumont High School
Earl Weaver
Baseball player/manager
Of the many prominent alumni of now-shuttered Beaumont High School in north city, we can’t help but focus on Earl Weaver. The Cardinals signed Weaver right out of high school in 1948, but it was after he washed out as a player and became manager of the Baltimore Orioles that Weaver became a legend, famous for his disdain for both small ball and umpires.

Wrote pitcher Jim Palmer, “Earl Weaver hated umpires with every fiber of his win-or-die being. He yelled at them. He screamed in their faces. He kicked dirt on them. He tore up rule books. He taunted and tortured them.” Our kind of guy.

(That's a young Mike Leahy, better known as Clownvis Presley, and his Grandpa Earl!)
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