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Notable Alumni


Ann Arbor Public Schools graduates can be found in just about every profession. Here are some notable alumni with names you might recognize.

We strive for the information in this list to be as accurate as possible. Current information may not be available for all alumni. Our intent is to list career highlights. If you have comments or suggestions of who we should include, please email us,


Ann Arbor Public Schools Notable Alumni


Name Year School Why
Charles J. Guiteau 1859 A2 High School (Student in 1859; did not graduate): Assassin of President James A. Garfield
George Jewett 1889 A2 High School First African-American football player in the Big Ten
Neil Oliver Staebler 1922 A2 High School U.S. congressman from Michigan, 1963-65
Thomas Huckle-Weller 1932 A2 High School Shares the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the Polio virus
John Morrow 1951 A2 High School Professional football player
Jack Robert Lousma 1954 A2 High School Former NASA astronaut and politician. He was a member of the second manned crew on the Skylab space station and also commanded the third space shuttle mission. Lousma was later the Republican nominee for a seat in the United States Senate from Michigan in 1984, losing to Carl Levin
Edwin G. Burrows 1960 A2 High School Won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 1999 for the book Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898
Bob Seger 1963 A2 High School Rock musician
Jane Kenyon 1964 A2 High School American poet and translator.
Dave Alexander 1965 A2 High School Criginal bassist for the Stooges
Dave Hampton 1965 A2 High School Professional football player
William Kirchen 1965 A2 High School Grammy nominated Guitar player
Iggy Pop 1965 A2 High School Punk-rock musician
Howdy Holmes 1966 A2 High School Professional car racer
Robin B. Wright 1966 A2 High School American foreign affairs analyst, and an award-winning journalist and author.
Timothy Wadhams 1966 A2 High School President and CEO of Masco Coorporation
Scott Morgan 1967 A2 High School Rock & Roll and Soul Musician
David Westin 1970 A2 High School ABC News president
Mark Potter 1971 Pioneer MSNBC News  Correspondent
Beth Nissen 1971 Pionee r NBC News
Bill (William) Malcom 1971 Pioneer Professional Football Player, New Orleans Saints
Ken Burns 1971 Pioneer Documentary filmmaker
Warren Deck 1972 Huron Former principal tubist with the New York Philharmonic
Bob Elliott 1972 Pioneer Professional Basketball and Sport Commentator
Don Dufek 1972 Pioneer NFL football player for the Seattle Seahawks
Peter Kornbluh 1974 Pioneer Writer and historian
David Sandalow 1974 Pioneer Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs at the United States Department of Energy. He also chairs the Energy & Climate Change Working Group at the Clinton Global Initiative 
Christine Weber 1974 Huron Vice President of Development and Production for Specials and Events for the Discovery Channel

Daniel Stephenson

1975   Broke 7-year-old national and world marks for 50-54-year-olds in the 200- (2:00.34) and 400-meter (4:16.61) freestyles at the United States Masters Swimming Long Course National Championships
Peter Zale 1976 Community Nationally syndicated cartoonist
Eric Zorn 1976 Pioneer Columnist (Chicago Tribune)
Owen Gleiberman 1976 Pioneer Film critic (Entertainment Weekly)
Gene Sperling 1977 Community Former economic adviser to President Bill Clinton and director of the National Economic Council from 1996 to 2000 and again starting in 2011.
Thomas Knoll 1978 Huron Co-creator of Adobe Photoshop
Ned Mann 1979 Community Nationally prominent jazz/pop bassist[39]
Lloyd Dangle 1979 Huron Visual artist and cartoonist
Lucy Ann Visovatti 1979 Huron Better known locally as Lucy Ann Lance, she is the host/producer of the WKQL (KOOL 107) morning, as well as working with PAX TV, WTKA Radio and WJR Radio. She also worded as the assistant news director at WAAM Radio
Keith Bostic 1979 Pioneer Professional football and NFL Coach
John Knoll 1980 Huron Co-creator of Adobe Photoshop, visual effects guru
Franz Harary 1980 Pioneer Magician & Inventor
John Harbaugh 1980 Pioneer Baltimore Ravens NFL Head Football Coach
Ramon Ocasio III 1980 Roberto Clemente 6th Judicial Subcircuit Judge, Cook County, Illinois and former President of the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois
Mark Noetzel 1980 Pioneer Competed in the 200-meter freestyle event at the U.S. Olympic trials in 1984, 1988 (100-meter), 1992 (50-meter).
Bruce Kimball 1981 Pioneer Olympic diver
Tim Howes 1981 Pioneer Co-inventor of the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
Mike Cardew 1982 Community Photojournalist, member of team awarded a 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service
Jay Nordlinger 1982 Huron Editor at the National Review
Jim Harbaugh 1982 Pioneer (student in 1982; did not graduate): retired NFL football quarterback, San Francisco 49ers NFL Head Football Coach
Rick Sperling 1984 Community Founder of Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit
David S. Goyer 1984 Huron Wrote several screenplays based on numerous comic book series, among them Doctor Strange, Ghost Rider, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Flash, and Blade. Also, Directed such movies as Dark Knight, and Produced Ghost Rider
John Pollack 1984 Huron Author, Presidential speech writer
Ben Wilson 1985 Community Keyboard player for Blues Traveler
Zeke Jones 1985 Huron Silver medalist in wrestling at the 1992 Summer Olympics
Sean Hastings 1986 Community Founding CEO of HavenCo and co-author of the book God Wants You Dead
James "Lights Out" Toney 1986 Huron Professional boxer
Doug Karsch 1987 Community Co-host of Karsch & Anderson, a radio talk show heard weekdays on WXYT-FM "97.1 The Ticket" in Detroit, Michigan.  Also hosts a weekly newsmagazine show and Fox Sports Detroit
Josh Silverman 1987 Community Former President of Skype, co-founder of Evite[40]; Currently President of US Consumer Services for American Express.
Javier Grillo-Marxuach 1987 Huron Screenwriter, producer (notably of the television show Lost)
Mike Helber 1988 Pioneer Professional Hockey Player - Sweden & President of Linkoping Hockey Club
Neda Ulaby 1989 Community Correspondent for National Public Radio
Sara Ryan 1989 Pioneer Author, wrote her first novel, Empress of the World, was published in 2001 and is an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. A sequel, The Rules for Hearts, was published in 2007 and won the 2008 Oregon Book Award for Young Adult Literature
Rachel DeWoskin 1990 Community Screen actress and author
Lara Phillips 1990 Community Film and TV series actress, mostly known for her lead roles in independent films such as Kwik Stop in 2001 and The Aviary in 2005.
Shael Polakow-Suransky 1990 Community Senior deputy chancellor, New York City Department of Education[41]
Ryan Drummond 1990 Huron American voice actor, actor, singer, comedian, clown, and mime. He was best known as the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog in the popular SEGA video game franchise. He has been the bass vocalist in The A.Y.U. Quartet since 1991
Brian Rolston 1991 Pioneer Professional ice hockey (New Jersey Devils)
John Westphal 1992 Pioneer Senior Vice President of Programming, Sony Pictures Television
Katt Hernandex 1992 Community Violinist and community arts activist
Davy Rothbart 1992 Community Author, radio personality, editor of Found Magazine
Annette Salmeen 1992 Huron Gold medalist in swimming at the 1996 Summer Olympics
Victor Lams 1993 Community Musician, cartoonist, creator of Ulysses the Undead
Cherry Chevapravatdumrong 1995 Huron Author, executive story editor/co-producer for the television show Family Guy
Jill Carroll 1995 Huron Journalist; 2006 kidnapping victim in Iraq
Andy Wood 1995 Huron American comedian and a founder/producer of Portland's Bridgetown Comedy Festival
Randy Napolean 1995 Pioneer Jazz guitarist
Andrew "W.K." Wilkes-Krier 1997 Community Nationally known punk/metal/noise musician[42]
Ali Curtis 1997 Pioneer Professional soccer
Brian Gionta 1997 Pioneer Professional ice hockey player (Montreal Canadiens)
Adam Hall 1998 Pioneer Professional ice hockey (Pittsburgh Penguins)
David Shayman 1998 Pioneer Ghetto tech DJ and producer
Alexander Crabb 1998 Community Named Chef of the Year in 2013 by the Boston Globe
Andy Hilbert 1999 Huron NHL Left Wing New York Islanders
Rick DiPietro 1999 Huron NHL goaltender
Alexander Crabb 1999 Community Named Chef of the Year in 2013 by the Boston Globe
Brett Lebda 2000 Pioneer Professional ice hockey (Detroit Red Wings)
Elizabeth Armstrong 2001 Huron Member of the United States women's national water polo team
Jimmy Howard 2002 Pioneer Professional ice hockey player (Detroit Red Wings)
Devin Thomas 2003 Huron Collegiate football player at Michigan State University, drafted in Round 2 of the 2008 NFL Draft.
Kara Lynn Joyce 2004 Pioneer 2004 & 2008: Olympic silver medalist, swimming
Jack Johnson 2005 Pioneer Professional ice hockey (Los Angeles Kings)
Zack Putnam 2005 Pionnr Professional Baseball (Cleveland Indians)
Phil Kessel 2005 Pioneer Professional ice hockey (Boston Bruins)
Robbie Earl 2005 Pioneer Professional ice hockey player (Houston Aeros)
Patrick Kane 2006 Huron Professional ice hockey (Chicago Blackhawks)
Erik Johnson 2006 Pioneer Professional ice hockey player (St. Louis Blues)
Zack Pearlman 2006 Pioneer American Actor, best known for playing the role of Zack in the feature film, The Virginity Hit.
Evan Bates 2007 Huron Ice dancer who represented the United States at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Ian Cole 2007 Pioneer Professional Ice Hockey Player for the St. Louis Blues
Kevin Shattenkirk 2007 Huron Professional hockey player in the NHL
Alex Shibutani 2009 Huron Ice dancer, 2010 U.S. Junior national champion
Maia Shibutani 2012 Huron Ice dancer, 2010 U.S. Junior national champion



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