Dr. Robert L. Bowen is the founder and CEO of Bowen Engineering Corporation, which has been named one of the top ‘Best Places to Work in Indiana.’ He is also the co-founder of Science Bound, a Purdue University partnership that encourages IPS students to pursue a career in STEM industries. Dr. Bowen, who graduated from Shortridge High School in 1957, and his wife Terry have awarded more than $750,000 in scholarships to about 300 minority students.
Angela M. Brown, a 1982 graduate of Crispus Attucks High School, has performed as a dramatic soprano at the San Antonio Symphony, Teatro La Fenice, Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Metropolitan Opera and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Brown is the recipient of the Richard Tucker Career Grant, a Sullivan Foundation Grant and winner of the G.B. Viotti Verdi Vocal Competition and the Opera Carolina Competition.
In 1951, Hallie Bryant led Crispus Attucks High School to its first Final Four state basketball tournament. A 1953 Attucks graduate, Bryant continued on to lead the Indiana University Hoosiers to the Big Ten Championship in 1957 and spent 27 years making fans laugh as a Harlem Globetrotter.
Dr. Beurt R. SerVaas is a 1937 graduate of Shortridge High School and an architect for Unigov, Indianapolis’ consolidated city-county government. A key player in shaping the city’s political and business landscape, he served more than four decades on the Indianapolis City-County Council, including 27 years as its president.
Dr. Stanley Warren, a former Crispus Attucks High School teacher and 1951 graduate, is a consultant on African American higher education issues and an esteemed historian, researcher and writer. For 21 years, he taught education and history at DePauw University.
Rev. Sharon E. Watkins, a 1972 graduate of Shortridge High School, is the General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the U.S. and Canada, the first woman chosen to lead a mainline Protestant denomination. Rev. Watkins is also the first woman selected to deliver the sermon at the national prayer service held the day after the presidential inauguration.