Overbrook High School (Philadelphia)
Overbrook High School
Located in Philadelphia, PA
|Location||5898 Lancaster Ave.,
|Architect||Irwin T. Catharine|
|Architectural style||Late Gothic Revival|
|MPS||Philadelphia Public Schools TR|
|NRHP reference #||86003313|
|Added to NRHP||December 4, 1986|
Overbrook High School is designated by the School District of Philadelphia as Location #402, in the West Region. The building was built in 1924 and designed by Irwin T. Catharine. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.
Enrollment for 2004–05 was 2,075 students in grades 9 through 12. African Americans make up 99% of the student population, with whites, Asians, and Latinos accounting for most of the rest of 2006. As of 2015, the school principal of Overbrook is Yvette Jackson.
Overbrook is perhaps best known for its famous alumni, who include Wilt Chamberlain and Will Smith. At least 11 Overbrook alumni have played in the NBA, and the school is ranked sixth in that respect.
- Steve Baskerville, TV personality, presently on-air weatherman for CBS2 Chicago, IL
- Richard Laurel, NBA player, European career.
- Len Barry, lead singer/songwriter, The Dovells
- John Blake, Jr., jazz violinist; minister 
- Bill Bloom, songwriter/musician
- Guion S. Bluford, Jr., space-shuttle astronaut; first African-American in space
- Solomon Burke, soul singer [Attended briefly, but graduated from John Bartram High School]
- Bill Cash, Negro League star, Baseball Hall of Famer
- Wilt Chamberlain, NBA basketball legend
- The Delfonics, R&B group
- Colman Domingo, actor
- Jon Drummond, Olympic track gold-medalist
- Ted Eisenberg, World record-holding breast surgeon
- Mike Gale, NBA/ABA player
- Bobb Goldsteinn, songwriter/producer; coined term "multimedia"
- Bryshere Y. Gray, actor on TV series Empire
- The Last Emperor (Jamal Gray), rapper
- Walt Hazzard (Mahdi Abdul-Rahmad), NBA All-Star; UCLA All-American player and coach
- Rosetta Hightower, lead singer, The Orlons
- Wayne Hightower, NBA player; ABA All-star
- Wali Jones, NBA player; Miami Heat executive
- Jacob Landau, nationally recognized artist, teacher
- James Lassiter, film producer; partner in Overbrook Entertainment
- Hal Lear, NBA player
- Jeffrey Leonard, Major League Baseball player 
- Lewis Lloyd, NBA player
- Andre McCarter, UCLA All -American basketball and 3-time NCAA Champion; NBA player
- Deworski Odom, American sprinter
- Frank Piasecki, helicopter inventor; National Medal of Technology winner
- Catherine E. Pugh, Mayor of Baltimore
- Marion Ramsey, film actress
- Malik Rose, NBA player
- Merrill Reese, Voice of the Philadelphia Eagles
- Johnny Sample, American football player
- Dee Dee Sharp, singer
- Will Smith, Oscar-nominated actor; rapper
- Paul Wallace, professional basketball player
- Willie L. Williams, former police commissioner, Philadelphia and Los Angeles
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