Poster shared across the state features U-M alumni greats

A new poster created by the University of Michigan’s Bicentennial Office displays how, from Calumet to Cass Tech, U-M alumni greats grew up all over the state.

The poster has been shared with more than 1,400 Michigan high schools and highlights alumni from around the state, their high schools and respective accomplishments.

“I love the poster and being able to show my students that we do indeed have many people to be proud of in Michigan,” said Susan Jordan, department chair and instructor at Battle Creek’s Central High School.

Notable alumni featured include Robert Shiller, 2013 Nobel Prize winner in economics hailing from Southfield High School; Claude Shannon, recipient of two U-M bachelor’s degrees in 1936 who went on to become a mathematician, electrical engineer and cryptographer known as “the father of information theory” from Gaylord High School; and Laura Kasischke, a poet and novelist from East Grand Rapids High School who now is the Allan Seager Collegiate Professor of English at U-M.

The first African-American female neurosurgeon, Alexa Canady, hails from Lansing Everett High School and earned both her bachelor’s and medical degrees from U-M.

Gerald R. Ford, 38th president of the United States, grew up on the west side of Michigan at Grand Rapids South High School. He played multiple positions on the university’s football team and helped the Wolverines in two undefeated seasons and national titles in 1932 and 1933.

Alumni involved in April’s “True Blue!” bicentennial performance are also featured on the posters, including James Earl Jones, famed actor as Darth Vader in the “Star Wars” film series and Mufasa in Disney’s “The Lion King” from Kaleva-Norman-Dickson High School, and Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent from Novi High School.

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(Story written by Elisse Rodriguez, U-M Public Affairs)

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