Manual Arts High School - Notable Alumni

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Notable Alumni

  • Jon Arnett, football player, member of the College Football Hall of Fame, class of 1952
  • Gus Arriola, cartoonist and creator of Gordo, class of 1935
  • Verna Arvey, musician and writer
  • Roy L. Ash (1918–2012), president of Litton Industries, budget director
  • Paul Blair (baseball), professional baseball player, Yankees, Orioles, Reds
  • Lyman Bostock, professional baseball player, class of 1968
  • Nacio Herb Brown, songwriter, class of 1915
  • Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, L.A. County Supervisor
  • Frank Capra, film director
  • Leland Curtis, artist, environmentalist, and Antarctic explorer
  • Jimmy Doolittle, World War II aviator, class of 1914
  • Tom Fears, professional football player, class of 1941
  • Earl C. Gay (1902–75), Los Angeles City Council member, 1933–45
  • Kathryn Grayson, actress
  • Philip Guston, artist, class of 1930
  • Robin Harris, comedian and actor, class of 1971
  • Ed Heinemann, self-taught aerospace engineer and aircraft designer for the Douglas Aircraft Company.
  • Bernard Jefferson, Justice, California Supreme Court
  • Reuben Kadish, artist, class of 1930
  • Goodwin Knight, 31st governor of California, class of 1914
  • Gerson Mayen, midfielder for Chivas USA of Major League Soccer, class of 2005
  • Ernie Orsatti, outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Victor Orsatti, Hollywood agent, film and television producer
  • Jerry D. Page, United States Air Force General, class of 1932
  • Dwayne Polee, professional basketball player, class of 1981
  • Jackson Pollock, artist, class of 1930 (left before graduation)
  • Marie Prevost, actress
  • Irving Stone, author
  • Mark Ridley-Thomas, California State Senator, class of 1972
  • Eugene Selznick, American Hall of Fame volleyball player
  • Lawrence Tibbett, baritone, Metropolitan Opera
  • Paul Winfield, actor

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