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Famous San Francisco High School Graduates In The Arts

Famous San Francisco High School Graduates In The Arts

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Updated: 18 December 2016
Harvard University may have spawned a list of U.S. Presidents, but the high schools of San Francisco have also done their share of incubating their own share of luminaries in the world of the arts. From rock musicians to Pulitzer Prize-winning poets and iconic actors, the City’s public high school system have contributed to molding substantial artists. Here’s a list of some of San Francisco’s finest home-grown talent and their high school alma maters. Whether these now famous graduates were jocks, geeks, stoners, or nerds, only their classmates know. One thing is for sure, the people on our list have proven that there is life beyond high school, and it can even be pretty good. Talk about some interesting high school reunions!

Mission High School

Carlos Santana  Class of 1965; Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist


Maya Angelou  Class of 1944; Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and actress  

Mission High School, 3750 18th St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 241 6240


George Washington High School


Danny Glover  Class of 1965; Actor and activist (Lethal Weapon series)


Johnny Mathis  Class of 1954; Grammy Hall of Fame singer


 Lee Meriwether  Class of 1954; model, actress, and Miss America 1955

George Washington High School, 600 32nd Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 750 8400


Lincoln High School


Barbara Eden (aka Barbara Jean Moorhead-Huffman)  Class of 1949; Actress (I Dream of Jeannie)


Jeffrey Tambor  Class of 1965; Emmy-winning actor (Transparent)


B.D. Wong  Class of 1978; Tony-winning actor (M. Butterfly)   

Abraham Lincoln High School, 2162 24th Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 759 2700


Lowell High School


Carol Channing – Class of 1938; Tony Award-winning singer, actress, and comedienne


Bill Bixby  Class of 1952; Actor (The Incredible Hulk, Courtship of Eddie’s Father)


Benjamin Bratt  Class of 1982; Actor (Law & Order)


Jamie Chung – Class of 2001; Reality television personality, actress (The Real World: San Diego)

Lowell High School, 1101 Eucalyptus Dr, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 759 2730