overbrook high school


Guion Stewart “Guy” Bluford, Jr. (born November 22, 1942), is an engineer, retired Colonel from the United States Air Force and a former NASA Astronaut. He participated in four Space Shuttle flights between 1983 and 1992. In 1983, as a member of the crew of the space shuttle Challenger on mission STS-8, Bluford became the first African American in space, and the second person of African ancestry, after the Cuban cosmonaut Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez. Bluford was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, graduated from Overbrook High School. He received a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1964, an M.S. in aerospace engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) in 1974, a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering with a minor in laser physics, again from AFIT, in 1978, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston–Clear Lake in 1987. He married Linda Tull in 1964 and had two sons,Guion III and James.[1]

Wilt the Stilt

Wilt Chamberlain was a Goliath of a man. By the time he was ten-years-old he’d already grown to six feet tall, by the time he started at Overbrook High School in Philadelphia he was 6’ 11" and in his NBA days was listed as 7'1". Keep in mind this was before modern basketball shoes inflated heights and an extra four inches was added in the official media guide. Wilt had ups for days.



Wilton Norman "Wilt“ Chamberlain (August 21, 1936 – October 12, 1999) was an American professional NBA basketball player for thePhiladelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers; he also played for the Harlem Globetrotters prior to playing in the NBA. The 7 foot 1 inch Chamberlain weighed 250 pounds as a rookie[1] before bulking up to 275 and eventually to over 300 pounds with the Lakers.[2] He played the center position and is considered by his contemporaries as one of the greatest and most dominant players in NBA history.[2][3] Wilton Norman Chamberlain was born in PhiladelphiaPennsylvania, into a family of nine children. As his biographer Robert Cherry observed, he was a frail child, nearly dying of pneumonia in his early years and missing a whole year of school as a result.[9] In his early years Chamberlain was not interested in basketball, because he thought it was "a game for sissies”.[10] Instead, he was an avid track and field athlete: as a youth, he high jumped 6 feet, 6 inches, ran the 440 yards in 49.0 seconds and the 880 yards in 1:58.3, put the shot 53 feet, 4 inches, and broad jumped 22 feet.[11] But according to Chamberlain, “basketball was king in Philadelphia”, so he eventually turned to the sport.[12] Because Chamberlain was a very tall child, already measuring 6 feet at age 10[13] and 6 feet 11 inches when he entered Philadelphia’sOverbrook High School,[3] he had a natural advantage against his peers; he soon was renowned for his scoring talent, his physical strength and his shot blocking abilities.[14] According to ESPN journalist Hal Bock, Chamberlain was “scary, flat-out frightening… before he came along, most basketball players were mortal-sized men. Chamberlain changed that.”[15] It was also in this period of his life when his three life-long nicknames “Wilt the Stilt”, “Goliath”, and his favorite, “The Big Dipper”, were allegedly born.[2]

Harlem Globetrotters (1958–1959)

Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors (1959–1965)

Philadelphia 76ers (1965–1968)

Los Angeles Lakers (1968–1973)

San Diego Conquistadors (1973)


Willard Christopher "Will“ Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968),[1] also known by his stage name The Fresh Prince, is an American actor, producer, and rapper. He has enjoyed success in television, film and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him the most powerful actor in Hollywood.[2] Smith has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won multiple Grammy Awards. Smith was born and raised in West PhiladelphiaPennsylvania, A graduate of Overbrook High School.  His mother, Caroline (née Bright), was a school administrator who worked for the Philadelphia school board, and his father, Willard Christopher Smith, Sr., was a refrigeration engineer.[5][6] He was raised Baptist.[7] His parents separated when he was thirteen,[8] and did not actually divorce until around 2000.[9] Smith married Sheree Zampino in 1992. They had a son, Willard Christopher Smith III, also known as "Trey”, but divorced in 1995. Trey appeared in his father’s music video for the 1998 single “Just the Two of Us”. Smith married actress Jada Pinkett in 1997. Together they have had two children: Jaden Christopher Syre (born 1998), his co-star in The Pursuit of Happyness, and Willow Camille Reign (born 2000), who appeared as his daughter in I Am Legend. Along with his brother, Harry Smith, he owns Treyball Development Inc.,[28] a Beverly Hills-based company named after his first son. Smith and his family reside on Star Island in Miami Beach, Florida and in Los Angeles, Stockholm, Sweden[29] and PhiladelphiaPresident Barack Obama has stated that if a film were to ever be made about his life, he would have Smith play his part, because “he has the ears”. Obama stated that the two have discussed a possibility of a film based on the 2008 election, but this may not happen until the end of the Obama presidency.[25]

He is currently filming Men in Black III for a 2012 release playing Agent J, one of his more popular earlier roles, making this his first major starring role in four years