Robert Indiana, born Robert E. Clark, was a leader of the 1960s pop art movement. During the 2008 election, Indiana adapted his most famous work, LOVE, into the word HOPE, which was used as a symbol of President Barack Obama’s campaign. He graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in 1946.
Andy Jacobs, Jr. served 15 terms as U.S. Representative for Indiana’s 10th District and studied law while serving as a police officer with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department. A 1949 graduate of Shortridge High School, Jacobs has served on committees for House Ways and Means, Medicare and Social Security.
Freddie Hubbard is remembered as one of Indianapolis’ great jazz musicians. After graduating from Arsenal Technical High School in 1956, Hubbard moved to New York City, where he teamed up with veteran artists such as Sonny Rollins, Slide Hampton and Quincy Jones and eventually won a Grammy Award for his album, First Light.
After graduating from Crispus Attucks in 1959, Janet Langhart Cohen spent two years at Butler University before being hired as an Ebony Fashion Fair model, launching her 25-year career in the entertainment industry. Langhart Cohen worked as a columnist for the Boston Herald and wrote two books, From Rage to Reason: My Life in Two Americas and Love in Black and White.
Leslie Olsen spent 31 years as a successful broadcast journalist; 25 of which were spent reporting on the education beat for local station WISH Channel 8. A graduate of Broad Ripple High School class of 1975, Olsen is now the president and founder of Olsen Communications Consultants, LLC.
Richard Van Arsdale, along with his twin brother, led Emmerich Manual High School to two sectional titles and regional and semi-state crowns in 1961, the year the brothers graduated. Van Arsdale played in the NBA for 12 seasons, first for the New York Knicks, then for the Phoenix Suns, helping guide his team to its first-ever NBA Finals Appearance in 1976. Van Arsdale was inducted into the IU Hall of Fame in 1985 and inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988.
Tom Van Arsdale, along with his twin brother, led Emmerich Manual High School to two sectional titles and regional and semi-state crowns in 1961, the year the brothers graduated. Tom was named an All-American while at Indiana University and went on to play for six professional teams, including the Detroit Pistons. Van Arsdale was inducted into the IU Hall of Fame in 1985 and inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988.