Notable Alumni

Patricia Racette ('88)

Soprano with the Santa Fe Opera and the New York Metropolitan Opera

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Azim Rashid ('94)

Senior vice president of promotion at Roc Nation; former senior vice president at Capitol Music Group

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Cleatus Rattan ('65, '69 M.Ed.)

Former Texas Poet Laureate and author of The Texas Review Poetry Prize-winning collection of poems, The Border

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Ray Renfro
Deceased 1929-1997

Football player for the Cleveland Browns (1952-1963)

Anne Rice

Best-selling author of the Vampire Chronicles books

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Ray Roberts

Former U.S. Congressman, 4th District of Texas

Lexie Dean Robertson
Lexie Dean Robertson ('13)
Deceased 1893-1954

Former Texas Poet Laureate who was a charter member of the Texas Institute of Letters and whose poems appeared in Good Houskeeping, Ladies' Home Journal and other publications

Craig Robertson
Craig Robertson

Linebacker for the New Orleans Saints

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G. Brint Ryan
G. Brint Ryan ('88, '88 M.S.)

CEO of Ryan, a global tax services firm and software provider, who was named to Texas Monthly's Top 25 Most Powerful People in Texas list

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Mark "Hawkeye" Rybczyk ('83)

Radio personality on the DFW radio station 96.3 KSCS and winner of Billboard Magazine's Air Personality of the Year

Melissa Rycroft ('05)

Television personality; Dancing with the Stars: All Stars winner and The Bachelor contestant

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Thomas Sadoski

Tony Award-nominated actor who has appeared in The Newsroom, Life in Pieces, Wild and John Wick

Bill Schmidt ('70)

Won the bronze medal for the javelin at the 1972 Olympics

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Jan Seale ('69 M.A.)

Former Texas Poet Laureate, National Endowment for the Arts fellow and author of 20 books of short stories and poems whose works have been published in anthologies, newspapers and magazines and read on National Public Radio

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Ron Shanklin
Deceased 1948-2003

Football player and All-Pro for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1970-1976)

Ann Sheridan
Deceased 1915-1967

Actress; roles in King's Row and Angels with Dirty Faces; roles in films with Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Cary Grant and Errol Flynn

Snarky Puppy

Three-time Grammy Award-winning band, known for its combination of jazz, funk and world music

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Dr. Frank Spencer
Frank Spencer ('44)
Deceased 1925-2018

Retired chair of surgery at New York University; created techniques that paved the way for modern cardiac surgery. He also is a former president of the American College of Surgeons and a recipient of the Navy's Legion of Merit

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B.W. Stevenson

Singer-songwriter of the hit "My Maria"

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Howard Swindle ('68)
Deceased 1945-2004

Journalist, author, Pulitzer Prize winner

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