Back to School: 20 Famous Pittsburghers’ Yearbook Photos
Can you put names to the faces of these notable Pittsburgh graduates?
A Best of the Burgh winner in 2018, John Schalcosky is founder of The Odd, Mysterious & Fascinating History of Pittsburgh Facebook page. He recently dug up a bunch of yearbook pictures of famous Pittsburghers before they were famous. Can you name them all? Answers can be found beginning on page 6.
15. (first row, far right)
1. Dan Marino
Central Catholic High School, class of 1979. Marino played 17 seasons for the Miami Dolphins after a stand-out college career at the University of Pittsburgh. Despite never being on a Super Bowl-winning team, he is recognized as one of the greatest quarterbacks, and generally considered to be among the best pure passers in American football history.
2. Mike Ditka
Aliquippa High School, class of 1957. Ditka is a member of both the College Football and Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and five-time All-Pro tight end with the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, and Dallas Cowboys. He also coached the Bears to victory in Super Bowl XX.
3. Frank Gorshin
Peobody High School, class of 1949. Gorshin was an actor, impressionist and comedian. His most famous acting role was as “the Riddler” on the TV series “Batman.” He died in 2005 at the age of 72.
4. Tom Savini
Central Catholic High School, class of 1964. Savini is an actor, stunt performer, film director and prosthetic makeup artist. He is known for his makeup and special effects work on many films directed by George A. Romero, including “Martin,” “Dawn of the Dead,” “Day of the Dead,” “Creepshow” and “Monkey Shines.”
5. Dennis Miller
Keystone Oaks High School, class of 1971. Miller is a talk show host, political commentator, sports commentator, actor and comedian. He was a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” from 1985 to 1991, and subsequently hosted a string of his own talk shows on HBO, CNBC, and in syndication.
6. Shirley Jones
South Huntingdon High School, class of 1951. In her six decades in show business, Jones has starred in a number of well-known musical films, such as “Oklahoma!,” “Carousel,” and “The Music Man.” She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing a vengeful prostitute in “Elmer Gantry.” On television, she was the matriarch of “The Partridge Family,” which co-starred her real-life stepson, David Cassidy, son of Jack Cassidy.
7. Andrew Warhola (Andy Warhol)
Schenley High School, class of 1945. Warhol, perhaps Pittsburgh’s most famous artist, was a pioneer in pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, advertising and celebrity culture that flourished by the 1960s. He died in 1987 at the age of 58.
8. Mark Cuban
Mt. Lebanon High School, class of 1976. Cuban is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, co-owner of 2929 Entertainment and chairman of AXS TV. He is also one of the main “shark” investors on the ABC reality television series, “Shark Tank.”
9. Henry Mancini
Aliquippa High School, class of 1941. Considered one of the greatest composers in the history of film, Mancini won four Academy Awards, a Golden Globe, and 20 Grammy Awards. His best-known works include the theme and soundtrack for the Pink Panther film series and “Moon River” from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Mancini died in 1994 at the age of 70.
10. Dominic Ierace (Donny Iris)
Lincoln High School (Elwood City), class of 1961. Iris is a rock musician known for his work with the Jaggerz and Wild Cherry during the 1970s, and for his solo career beginning in the 1980s with his band, the Cruisers. His hits include “The Rapper,” “Ah! Leah!” and “Love Is Like a Rock.”
11. Ming-Na Wen
Mt. Lebanon High School, class of 1981. Wen is best known for her starring role as “Melinda May” in the TV series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” and for voicing the Disney Princess, “Fa Mulan,” in the animated musical action films “Mulan” and Mulan II.”
12. Cameron Jibril Thomaz (Wiz Khalifa)
Taylor-Allderdice High School, class of 2006. (pictured with his his mother on the left, Katie Wimbush-Polk and sister Lala Thomaz). Khalifa, is a rap singer, songwriter and actor. He is well known for his debut single, “Black and Yellow”, which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
13. Joe Montana
Ringgold High School, class of 1974. Nicknamed “Joe Cool” and “the Comeback Kid,” Montana won a national championship playing quarterback at Notre Dame before beginning his NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers, Montana started and won four Super Bowls and was the first player ever to have been named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player three times. Montana was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, his first year of eligibility.
14. Joe Manganiello
Mt. Lebanon High School, class of 1995. Manganiello is an actor, director and producer. His breakout role came in the form of werewolf Alcide Herveaux on the HBO series “True Blood.” He won an Emmy award as the narrator of the documentary “Pittsburgh is Home: The Story of the Penguins” and he is active with several charities, primarily UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for which he serves on the board of trustees.
15. Gene Kelly (first row, far right)
Peabody High School, class of 1930. Best known for performances in films such as “An American in Paris,” “Anchors Aweigh” — for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor—and “Singin’ in the Rain,” Kelly starred in musical films until they fell out of fashion in the late 1950s. He received an Academy Honorary Award in 1952 for his career achievements, the same year “An American in Paris” won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. He died in 1996 at the age of 83.
16. Jeff Goldblum
West Mifflin North High School, class of 1970. Jeff Goldblum has starred in some of the highest-grossing films of his generation, including “Jurassic Park,” “Independence Day” and their sequels. Goldblum has also starred in several TV series, including the eighth and ninth seasons of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”
17. Zachary Quinto
Central Catholic High School, class of 1995. Quinto is an actor and film producer. He is known for his roles as Charlie Manx in “NOS4A2,” as Sylar on the science fiction drama series “Heroes,” Spock in the reboot of “Star Trek” and his Emmy-nominated performance in “American Horror Story: Asylum.”
18. Michael Keaton (Douglas)
Montour High School class of 1969. Keaton is an award-winning actor best known for roles in “Batman,” “Batman Returns,” “Mr. Mom,” “Beetlejuice” and “Johnny Dangerously.” He won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and was nominated for an Academy Award for “Birdman.”
19. Joe Namath
Beaver Falls High School, class of 1961. Nicknamed “Broadway Joe,” Namath is a NFL Hall of Fame quarterback. He is known for boldly guaranteeing a New York Jets’ victory over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III (1969), then making good on his prediction with a 16–7 upset. After his football career ended, he parlayed his notoriety into success with endorsement deals and as a nightclub owner, talk show host, advertising spokesman, actor and sports broadcaster.
20. Zelda Rubinstein
University of Pittsburgh, class of 1955. Rubenstein was an actress and human right activist. One of her more famous roles was that of “Ginny” in the series “Picket Fences.” She died in 2010 at the age of 76.
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