List of alumni of Central High School (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

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The following is a list of notable alumni of Central High School in Philadelphia.

Notable alumni[edit]

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  • Phil Walker – Guard on the 1977-1978 NBA champion Washington Bullets (231st class)
  • John Wallowitch – composer, songwriter and cabaret performer (181st Class)
  • Louis J. Weichmann – one of the chief witnesses for the prosecution in the conspiracy trial of the Abraham Lincoln assassination
  • Andrew Weil – physician, author, proponent of integrative medicine (212th Class)
  • Edward Weinberger – TV producer and writer (204th Class)
  • Stephen William White – translator of Jules Verne and secretary of the Northern Central Railway (31st class)[7]
  • R. Seth Williams – District Attorney of Philadelphia (244th Class) [8]
  • Alan Wolfe – political scientist and sociologist (213th Class)
  • Alexander Woollcott – drama critic for The New Yorker (110th Class)
  • Jeremiah Wright – former Senior Pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago (211th Class)
  • Ed Wynn (until age 15) – entertainer, actor, comedian, producer (110th Class)[2]
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  • Charles Yerkes – industrialist and financier (27th Class)
  • Will Yip – record producer, songwriter, and musician (264th Class)

Guide to class numbers[edit]

Since graduates are usually identified in the school community by class number, the year in which they graduated is not immediately obvious. This section explains the relation between class number and graduation date.

The first class graduated in June 1842. Through much of the school's history, there were two graduating classes per year, in January and June. But in some years, including all years after 1965, there was only one graduating class, in June. The following list details the correspondence between class number and graduation date.[9]

1 June 1842
  2 June 1843
  3 January 1844
  4 June 1844
... 2 classes per year ...
 75 January 1880
 76 June 1880
 77 June 1881
 78 June 1882
 79 January 1883
... 2 classes per year ...
 95 January 1891
 96 June 1891
 97 June 1892
... 1 class per year ...
116 June 1911
117 January 1912
118 June 1912
.... 2 classes per year ...
223 January 1965
224 June 1965
225 June 1966
... 1 class per year ...

Thus, for classes graduating after 1965, the class number equals the graduation year minus 1741.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hogarty, Richard A.. "Abbett, Leon."Encyclopedia of New Jersey. 2nd ed. 2004. Print.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x "The CHS Alumni Hall of Fame". centralhighalumni.com. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  3. ^ admin (30 November 2016). "King Britt".
  4. ^ "Archives | Philadelphia Sketch Club". sketchclub.org. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  5. ^ "Department of English". www.uvm.edu.
  6. ^ 'READ, Conyers, educator', in The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography (J. T. White, 1965), p. 54
  7. ^ The Board of Controllers. Annual Report of the Controllers of the Public Schools of the First School District of Pennsylvania. 39–41. Retrieved 2008-10-12.
  8. ^ "Irate judge gives ex-Philly DA Seth Williams 5-year sentence in bribery, corruption case".
  9. ^ Alumni Directory 1995, Associated Alumni of the Central High School of Philadelphia, Bernard C. Harris Publishing, 1995.