Frank J. Anderson began his law enforcement career in 1956 in the U.S. Navy as a shore patrol officer and went on to work as a sheriff’s deputy and U.S. Marshal. Now, the 1956 graduate of Shortridge High School and Indiana Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee works as a Marion County sheriff.
David N. Baker graduated from Crispus Attucks High School in 1949 and became distinguished professor of music and chairman of the jazz department at the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington. A fluent performer on many instruments, Baker is also musical director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.
Derrick Burks was the first African American to be promoted to partner and named managing partner by one of Indiana’s major CPA firms, Arthur Anderson. A 1974 graduate of Shortridge High School, Burks serves on many boards, including the Boy Scouts of America, United Way of Central Indiana and Goodwill Industries, and donates annually to the Shortridge Alumni Association’s Legacy Scholarship.
Rosevelt Colvin III is an NFL athlete and Super Bowl Champion with the New England Patriots. Since graduating from Broad Ripple High School in 1995, Colvin gives generously to IPS students in need and sponsored the Walk to Cure Diabetes in Massachusetts.
Anita L. DeFrantz, a 1970 graduate of Shortridge High School, became the first female vice president of the International Olympic Committee. She is a member of the bronze medal U.S. women’s rowing team at Montreal in 1976.
Anita J. Harden graduated from Shortridge High School in 1964 and is now president of Community Hospital East, one of the largest employers on the Indianapolis East Side. She has been with the Community Health Network for almost 30 years.
Jack O. Hensley graduated in 1948 from George Washington High School, but the school district would never stray far from his heart. A military veteran and retired Western Electric employee, Hensley was the emcee for the rededication ceremony and the school’s 75th anniversary, and is a vital member of the Alumni Association.
Lacy M. Johnson is an attorney, partner with Ice Miller and president of the Indianapolis Airport Authority Board of Directors. Johnson graduated from Arlington High School in 1971, and since 2006 has helped raise funds in the corporate community to support the IPS Academic Summer School, including a personal donation of more than $20,000.
Judy O’Bannon is the former First Lady of Indiana and a 1953 graduate of Shortridge High School. O’Bannon is a trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is the secretary of the executive board of the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana and the Indiana Main Street Council.
Since graduating from Thomas Carr Howe High School in 1953, Dr. Robert W. Schrier has been president of the Association of American Physicians, the American Society of Nephrology, the National Kidney Foundation and the International Society of Nephrology. He has authored more than 800 scientific papers and was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004.
Stephen A. Stitle, a 1963 graduate of Arlington High School, is the president and CEO of National City Bank Indiana. He is a board member of the Center for Leadership Development, Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, Pacers Foundation, Inc. and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
Betty H. Wilson, the executive director of The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis, is recognized for her dedication to improving health care in our community, including leadership and advocacy for HIV/AIDS prevention and childhood obesity. She graduated from Thomas Carr Howe High School in 1960.