December 21, 2021

21 Famous People Who Went to High School in Cincinnati

Many celebrities, athletes, actors and musicians have hailed from the great Queen City. From historic names to superstars, these incredibly talented bunch of individuals attended Greater Cincinnati high schools and went on to make us proud.
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Carmen Electra 
Otherwise known by her real name Tara Leigh Patrick, the actress, singer, model and dancer was born in Sharonville, Ohio in 1972 and attended both the School for Creative and Performing Arts and Princeton High School. She is well-known for her role in television series Baywatch, and several movies including a couple of the Scary Movie franchises and Meet the Spartans.

Carmen Electra

Otherwise known by her real name Tara Leigh Patrick, the actress, singer, model and dancer was born in Sharonville, Ohio in 1972 and attended both the School for Creative and Performing Arts and Princeton High School. She is well-known for her role in television series Baywatch, and several movies including a couple of the Scary Movie franchises and Meet the Spartans.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Popular actress, producer and designer well-known for her starring role in hit HBO television series Sex and the City as Carrie Bradshaw. She was born in Nelsonville, Ohio in 1965 and attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts.

Sarah Jessica Parker

Popular actress, producer and designer well-known for her starring role in hit HBO television series Sex and the City as Carrie Bradshaw. She was born in Nelsonville, Ohio in 1965 and attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts.
Nick Lachey
Kentucky-born actor, television personality and host, but most well-known for being a part of popular boy band 98 Degrees. Nick Lachey attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Over-the-Rhine and formerly owned a sports bar in Cincinnati called Lachey’s. He also won Season 5 of The Masked Singer.

Nick Lachey

Kentucky-born actor, television personality and host, but most well-known for being a part of popular boy band 98 Degrees. Nick Lachey attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Over-the-Rhine and formerly owned a sports bar in Cincinnati called Lachey’s. He also won Season 5 of The Masked Singer.
Bootsy Collins
Cincinnati Funk legend William Earl “Bootsy” Collins was born in 1951 and got his foot in the door of the music scene early in life at Evanston’s iconic King Records. Bootsy toured with the “Godfather of Soul,” James Brown, when he was just 17 years old, alongside his brother and their band the Pacemakers. Collins attended Sawyer Junior High but dropped out to pursue his music career before graduating.
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Bootsy Collins

Cincinnati Funk legend William Earl “Bootsy” Collins was born in 1951 and got his foot in the door of the music scene early in life at Evanston’s iconic King Records. Bootsy toured with the “Godfather of Soul,” James Brown, when he was just 17 years old, alongside his brother and their band the Pacemakers. Collins attended Sawyer Junior High but dropped out to pursue his music career before graduating.
Doris Day
Formerly known as Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff, Day was a well-known actress, singer and animal welfare activist. She was born in Cincinnati in 1922 and went to Our Lady of Angels High School in St. Bernard. Some of the most popular films she starred in include Pillow Talk and The Man Who Knew Too Much. Day passed away in 2019.

Doris Day

Formerly known as Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff, Day was a well-known actress, singer and animal welfare activist. She was born in Cincinnati in 1922 and went to Our Lady of Angels High School in St. Bernard. Some of the most popular films she starred in include Pillow Talk and The Man Who Knew Too Much. Day passed away in 2019.
 William Howard Taft
The 27th president of the United States, Taft was born in 1857 and attended Woodward High School. He passed away in 1930 when he was 72 years old.

William Howard Taft

The 27th president of the United States, Taft was born in 1857 and attended Woodward High School. He passed away in 1930 when he was 72 years old.
Pete Rose
Rose is a former professional baseball player for the Reds who was a part of the Big Red Machine. He's also known as the “hit king,” with 4,256 career hits. Rose was born on the West Side of Cincinnati in 1941 and attended Western Hills High School.

Pete Rose

Rose is a former professional baseball player for the Reds who was a part of the Big Red Machine. He's also known as the “hit king,” with 4,256 career hits. Rose was born on the West Side of Cincinnati in 1941 and attended Western Hills High School.
Rocky Carroll 
A graduate of the School for Creative and Performing Arts, Carroll is known for his role as Director Leon Vance on CBS' NCIS.
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Rocky Carroll

A graduate of the School for Creative and Performing Arts, Carroll is known for his role as Director Leon Vance on CBS' NCIS.
Theda Bara
Walnut Hills High School graduate Bara was a popular stage and silent film-era actress and was known as an early sex symbol of cinema. Born in 1885 in Avondale, the actress’s birth name was Theodosia Goodman.

Theda Bara

Walnut Hills High School graduate Bara was a popular stage and silent film-era actress and was known as an early sex symbol of cinema. Born in 1885 in Avondale, the actress’s birth name was Theodosia Goodman.
Ken Griffey Jr.
Former Major League Baseball player, Griffey attended Moeller High School and played for the Cincinnati Reds and Seattle Mariners for the majority of his 22-year professional baseball career. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016.
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Ken Griffey Jr.

Former Major League Baseball player, Griffey attended Moeller High School and played for the Cincinnati Reds and Seattle Mariners for the majority of his 22-year professional baseball career. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016.