Chuck Cooper was the first African American to be drafted by an NBA team and was one three African Americans to play in the 1950 season. He was All-City team at Westinghouse high school. After he graduated in 1944, he attended West Virginia State College but then entered the military during the last year of World War II. He played for Duquesne University before being drafted by and playing for the Boston Celtics.
Maurice Stokes played basketball for the House during their back-to-back city championships before attending St. Francis College in Loretto, Pennsylvania, where he became a small college All-American. He was drafted in 1955 by the Rochester Royals and voted NBA Rookie of the Year. In his third year, he fell in a game and suffered a head injury that left him paralyzed for the rest of his life. He was posthumously inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004.
Tony Liscio played for the Dallas Cowboys. He was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the third round of the 1963 NFL draft. The Cowboys acquired him in a trade and switched him to offense, and he became a long-time starter at left tackle through some of the team’s most memorable years.