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Distinguished Alumni

William S. Paley. Graduated from Schurz High School in 1917. Founder and chairman of the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), Paley was called alternately a broadcast programmer par excellence, an impresario, a super salesman, and the father of modern broadcasting. Because of his instinctive understanding of what appealed to the popular taste, Paley was considered by many to be a genius of mass entertainment programming.
Marilyn Miglin. Graduated from Schurz High School in 1955. World-renowned beauty authority, author and speaker, Marilyn Miglin is among the nation's top-500 women business owners. Her signature fragrance, Pheromone, is one of the top-10 fragrances sold in luxury department stores nationwide and each month, more than 65-million television viewers invite her into their homes to purchase her products.
Vincent duVigneaud. Graduated from Schurz High School in 1918. As a biochemist, du Vigneaud received the 1955 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his breakthrough achievement of synthesizing oxytocin - a hormone released by the posterior pituitary gland used to induce labor and lactation in pregnant women, and for his work with sulfur.
Harry M. Markowitz, Ph.D. Graduated from Schurz High School in 1945. As an economist, Markowitz received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1990 for his Modern Portfolio Theory - which allows investors to estimate both the expected risks and returns, as measured statistically, for their investment portfolios. Dr. Markowitz also was awarded the prestigious Von Neumann Prize in Operations Research Theory for his works in portfolio theory, sparse matrix techniques and the SIMSCRIPT programming language in 1989.
Zena (Karras) Sutherland. Graduated from Schurz High School in 1933. As a world-renown children's book reviewer, author, editor, and professor emeriti of the Graduate Library School at the University of Chicago, Sutherland served on the award committees for the American Library Association's Newbery and Caldecott Medals and for the National Book Award. Her textbook, Children and Books, is considered a classic in the field of library science and an endowed and well-respected children's literature lecture series is named in her honor.
Abram Nicholas Pritzker. Graduated from Schurz High School in 1913. A lawyer by trade, Pritzker became the founder of one of the nation's largest family business empires, which includes the Hyatt Corporation and the Marmon Group. Pritzker has donated millions of dollars throughout the years which includes the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. He also established one of the world's most prestigious architectural awards, The Pritzker Architecture Award.
Sybil Bauer. Graduated from Schurz High School in 1922. In 1924, Bauer won an Olympic gold medal for the backstroke and held eleven national championship titles. In six years of swimming competitively, she set 23 world records and was the first woman to break a men's standing world record. She was engaged to marry Ed Sullivan, then a Chicago sportswriter and later a New York Broadway columnist and long-time host of the television variety show, when she was stricken by cancer.
Terry McCann. Graduated from Schurz High School in 1953. While attending the University of Iowa, McCann won two NCAA wrestling titles, and in 1960, he won a gold medal for freestyle wrestling in the Olympics. McCann has been a long-time wrestling coach and is the founder of the U.S. Wrestling Federation.