Notable Alumni

Ben Rogers and Jeff "Skin" Wade
The Ben and Skin Show Ben Rogers ('99) and Jeff "Skin" Wade ('01)

Radio broadcasters whose radio program "The Ben and Skin Show" is syndicated via iHeartRadio

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Lewis Abernathy Jr.

Actor and director; played Lewis Bodine, a member of the treasure hunting team, in Titanic; also wrote many of the final scenes for the film

Adel al-Jubeir ('82)

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for Saudi Arabia

Taher al-Masri ('65)

Former Prime Minister of Jordan (June-November 1991)

Thom Alcoze ('69, '72 M.S.)

Professor Emeritus, Northern Arizona University

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Jean Andrews ('76 Ph.D.)
Deceased 1923-2010

Author and artist; known worldwide as "The Pepper Lady," wrote and illustrated American Wildflower Florilium, Peppers: The Domesticated Capsicums, The Pepper Trail: History and Recipes From Around the World and The Peppers Cookbook: 200 Recipes From The Pepper Lady's Kitchen

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Steve Austin

Former World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler; host of the USA Network TV show Straight Up Steve Austin; former defensive end for the Mean Green football team

Dale Baker
Dale Baker ('90)
Drummer who played for Sixpence None the Richer
Joe Don Baker ('58)

Actor; Acting credits include The Natural, Fletch, The Living Daylights and Goldeneye. Best known for role as Buford Pusser in Walking Tall

Dave Barnett ('79)

Emmy Award-winning broadcaster for Fox Sports1 and American Sports Network

Shirley Cothran Barret
Shirley Cothran Barret ('73, '74 M.Ed.)

Miss America 1975, author and motivational speaker

Arthur Barrow
Arthur Barrow ('75)

Bass player best known for working with Frank Zappa and playing on the movies Scarface and Top Gun

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Charles "Chuck" Beatty

Played with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1963 to 1972 and the St. Louis Cardinals in 1972; was on the Board of Regents; former mayor of Waxahachie

Rhys Best ('69)

Corporate director for several companies and former chairman of energy services company, Crosstex Energy

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Alan Lee Birkelbach ('78)

Award-winning poet and former Texas Poet Laureate

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Joan Blondell
Deceased 1906-1979

Actor; Academy Award nominee for The Blue Veil; also starred in Public Enemy and Grease

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Jim Bogios

Drummer for the Counting Crows who also has performed with Sheryl Crow, Eric Clapton and Prince

Pat Boone
Pat Boone

Top-selling singer with gold records in the 1950s and 1960s for "Ain't That a Shame" and "I'll Be Home" and starred in several movies, including State Fair.

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Frank D. Bracken ('63)

Former president of Haggar Clothing Co. in Dallas, a popular menswear company

Brave Combo
Brave Combo

Two-time Grammy Award-winning polka band known for its eclectic mix of pop, jazz, rock and other musical styles with polka; featured on The Simpsons and Prairie Home Companion

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