Dennis Bland, a 1983 graduate of Broad Ripple High School, is president of the Center for Leadership Development, a non-profit Indianapolis organization dedicated to preparing African American youth for academic and professional success. Founded in 1977, CLD offers 11 programs that nurture more than 1,200 local families each year.
Rozelle Boyd is a longtime elected official who has the historic distinction of being the first African-American elected to the Indianapolis City-County Council. He served briefly as president of the City-County Council, the first African-American and first Democrat to hold the position. Boyd graduated in 1952 from Crispus Attucks High School.
Mary E. Busch was named Valedictorian of her graduating class from Crispus Attucks High School in 1959. A former IPS teacher and administrator, Busch has served 32 years as a member of the IPS Board of School Commissioners. She is a board member of Goodwill Industries Foundation, St. Francis Hospital, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Conner Prairie.
Howard Caldwell, a 1944 Thomas Carr Howe High School graduate, is known locally as the retired news anchor for WRTV-6, where he worked for more than 35 years, writing and producing the series “Howard’s Indiana.”
Michael Graves is a world-renowned vanguard of architecture and design, whose models for household products have been sold at Target stores nationwide. He graduated from Broad Ripple High School in 1950.
Thomas King graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in 1960 and is now among Indianapolis’ most respected business leaders. King lends his voice in support of the district’s ongoing Capital Improvements Program to ensure IPS schools are renovated or rebuilt with the resources needed to light the path for future graduates.
Woodrow A. Myers, Jr. is a nationally recognized leader in the development of medical quality initiatives and innovative health care management programs. A 1970 graduate of Shortridge High School, Myers is a former health commissioner for the city of New York and the state of Indiana.
Paula Parker-Sawyers, a 1969 graduate of Northwest High School, is the director of outreach and partnerships for The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. As former deputy mayor of the City of Indianapolis, her main focus was working to reduce infant mortality among African Americans through the Indianapolis Campaign for Healthy Babies.