Famous Alumni

Every child who walks through the gates of Winnataska leaves a better person, and one of a family that stretches across generations. Some of our alumni become outstanding in their fields.

Leah Rawls Atkins, American historian and former water skiing champion, author of The Valley and the Hills: An Illustrated History of Birmingham and Jefferson County among others

John Badham, renowned film director, best known for the movies Saturday Night Fever, Blue Thunder, WarGames, Short Circuit, Stakeout, Bird on a Wire and others

Nancy Batson Crews, pioneer woman pilot of the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II and later owner of a flying business

Dr. Harvie Branscomb, the chancellor of Vanderbilt University from 1946 to 1963, who put the institution on the path to national prominence and was the first chairman of the United States Advisory Commission for Education Exchange

Dr. Louise Branscomb, through her practice of obstetrics and gynecology, devoted her long life to bringing better health to individuals and to society

Frank Cross, Jr., Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages Emeritus at Harvard, notable for his work in the interpretation of the Dead Sea Scrolls, his 1973 magnum opus Canaanite Myth and Hebrew Epic, and his work in Northwest Semitic epigraphy

Roger Day, widely loved children’s songwriter and entertainer, winner of the Harry Chapin Award for Contributions to Humanity and several Parents’ Choice® awards

Dr. Mildred Leake Day, scholar of literature in the Latin language about the legendary King Arthur
Harry Denman, a noted Methodism lay leader and evangelist within the Methodist Church who emphasized the life taught by Jesus at the Sermon on the Mount, and who strongly challenged modern materialism and prejudice by exemplifying and teaching a simple life, and by personally relating to all people, regardless of race, gender or economic means

Virginia Jackson, W.A.V.E.S. non-commissioned officer during WW II and was the model for the face on a U. S. Postage stamp honoring women in service

Florence Wates Pert, senior associate pastor of Marble Collegiate Church in New York City where, in 1978, she became the first woman to preach from the pulpit and in 1987, was the first woman ordained in the 360-year history of the Collegiate Churches, member of the staff of The Peale Center for Christian Living and director of leadership development at Guideposts magazine

W. H. Stockham and Kate C. Stockham, and later W. Herbert Stockham, Jr., owners of Stockham Valve & Fittings

Luther Strange, lawyer and Distinguished Eagle Scout, and the 49th Attorney General of the State of Alabama

James F. Sulzby, Birmingham historian, musician and realtor, served as the official historian for Birmingham’s 75th Anniversary, and author of several books, including the History of Birmingham Sunday School Council

Frederica Twining, W.A.V.E.S. officer during WW II

Dr. Roye Wates, professor of Musicology at Boston University and author of Mozart, an Introduction to the Music, the Man and the Myths