Ametra Self


Class of 1985

Movie Producer and Award-Winning Playwright; Talent Scout / Casting Director; entrepreneur, author

motivational speaker

Kurt Farquhar


Class of 1976

Los Angeles based–television and film composer, songwriter/scorer, producer, and founder/CEO of True Music; seven-time BMI award winner, for his work on The King of Queens, Being Mary Jane, and The Game; ‘the musical voice of BET’ for his work on  shows like American Soul, Games People Play, The Quad, Real Husbands of Hollywood, and In Contempt.

Isaiah "Juice" Williams


Class of 2006 

Former American football quarterback

First-Team All-IFL and Player of the Year; Financial adviser to NBA & NFL athletes and working professionals.

Lissa "Naleighna Kai" Woodson


Class of 1984

USA Today and National Bestselling Author; AALBC's 100 Top Black Authors; E. Lynn Harris Author of Distinction; Mercedes Benz Mentor Award Nominee; featured on ABC News Nightline

Anthony Frazier


Class of 1984

Chicago Fire Department Commander, member of the Chicago Park District Advisory Board, the PTA, and the Local School Council, member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and  is a Prince Hall Mason.

Curtis Rowe


Class of 1984

Entrepreneur / Multi-franchise owner

Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, recipient of the Mr. Future Business Executive Award, and Student Leadership Award from CSU, former Fortune 500 executive

Leroy Willis


Class of 1993

Founder of W Dream Appraisal in 2017, a residential real estate appraisal company.

Marlon J. Williams


Class of 2003

Proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity; Poet, member of the Urban League of Young Black Professionals of Atlanta, assistant instructor with the eXcelerate SQL database training program.

Cylvia Weaver-Gibbs


Class of 1983

Former Jackie Robinson West Little League Coach, and JRW Women Auxiliary Board Medical Laboratory Technician, CVS Alumni Association Member since 2011, former 

Chicago Alumni  Association President

Dr. Terrycita D. Terry


Class of 1991

Principal of Dixon Elementary School, three-time Golden Apple nominee; proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., 

Rev. Watson Jones III


Class of 2002

Senior Pastor of Compassion Baptist Church, former Youth Pastor at Salem Baptist Church, President Discretion Award for Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, cohort for Ph.D. in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric at Christian Theological Seminary

Jarvis Windham


Class of 1975

Life Coach for Athletes for Change;

1974 CPL City Championship football team; Top Ten Athlete for the Cavaliers

Annette Nance-Holt


Class of 1982

First Woman to hold the rank of 1st Deputy Fire Commissioner, 28-year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department; proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters, and the African-American Firefighters & Paramedics league

Charles Scott


 Class of 1977

Former Montreal Expos Professional League Baseball Player, CVS Baseball Coach (6 years), Chicago Firefighter (25 years), recipient of the Pitcher of the Year Award  

Vanessa N. Melton


Class of 1980

Accounting Associate with VacayHome Connect LLC. Also, Vanessa is the sole proprietor of Melton Bookkeeping & Tax Service

Dr. Byron Dean


  Class of 1989

Medical Director for Vitas Healthcare, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Lieutenant Colonel and Medical Doctor for the Army Reserves, 29-year U.S. military career 

Linda A. Bryant


 Class of 1980

 CEO of Exquisite Planner Inc., Accountant specializing in advertising and investment fields, Founder of the Christmas in the Wards annual toy giveaway

Craig Brown


Class of 1990

Former Semi-Pro Football Player, Security Specialist; Head Football Coach, Boys Track and Field Head Coach

Dr. Kenneth Taylor


Class of 1978

NBA Talent Evaluator, Associate Minister, United States Naval Officer Veteran, President of Chicago Leadership and Mentoring Consortium in Chicago

Donnell C. Peterson


Class of 1975

Founder of The Director's Chair, Videographer and Producer, Founder of the Donald Peterson Foundation

James Reynolds, Jr.


Class of 1972

Vice Chairman of the Board for the Chicago Urban League, member of the CFA Institute.;founder of Loop Capital; Governor Rauner's appointee for the Intersect Illinois Board, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's appointed co-chair for Get IN Chicago

Derrick D. Allen


Class of 1980

Retired decorated and distinguished member of Chicago Police Department, former CTA driver, Sergeant, CPD Ambassador, Policy Analyst, Investigator in the elite Bureau of Internal Affairs and Police Agent, member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity

Marsha Y. Johnson


Class of 1978

CEO of Legacy Design, Entrepreneur, Graphic Design Specialist, former Sears Roebuck & Co. administrator

Drew Hunter


Class of 1987  

Captain of the 1987 CPL Baseball City Champions, Executive for the #1 ERP software provider in Heidelberg, Germany. President of  DHunter Consulting, LLC., Consulting for Fortune 500 companies, member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

Dr. Victor A. Buford


  Class of 1976

Musician, songwriter, producer, arranger; CEO of Deity Records, Inc.; retired psychotherapist, Founder and Executive Director of BVJ Intervention Mental and Behavioral Health Care Services, Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Member of the Prince Hall Affiliation Masons 

Vynessa Alexander


Class of 1975

CEO Eagle Award recipient, former InforNexus Operations and Technology Executive, former Bank of America executive, National Treasurer (CFO) for Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc

Stephen Adams


Class of 1969

Retired U.S. Coast Guard,  CEO of Ted’s Auto Sales & Sons

Lance Hall


Class of 2003 

C.E.O. of Hall Group Solutions LLC., Resource Planning (ERP) Training, and Content Development Specialist; C.E.O. of Access Granted Chicago—a two-time Groupon of the Year Award winner 

Donnie Allen Kirksey


  Class of 1981

Former executive of Nike, Reebok, and Adidas; NCAA Division I assistant basketball coach; former Head Men’s Basketball Coach at cVs, Dunbar, Julian and Hyde Park high schools;  2010 Chicago Region IBCA Coach of the Year; recipient of Saving Black Males / Par Excellence in Education Award; proud member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Ronald Pennick


 Class of 1977

First African American Prep Bowl Most Valuable Player, All City team, named to: the Sun Times All Area team, Illinois All State team and the Streets & Smith’s High School All American team.

LaMarr Johnson


Class of 1970

Bank Accountant, Real Estate Sales Agent and Broker, City Colleges of Chicago Adult Education Lecturer and Youth Motivator Volunteer, Labor Market Information Manager for Point of Success Workforce Solutions

Michael Mimms


 Class of 1978

Founder of Mims Construction Company with several multi-million dollar projects,

former collegiate football player, 

Reginald Sykes


 Class of 1978

Community Youth Mentor, Boys Scouts of America, recipient of the "Someone You Should Know" award, CEO of a plague and trophy company

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