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Adolph F. Rupp;  The Baron of Basketball"; retired in 1972 as the winningest basketball coach in NCAA history with 876 victories, Halstead, KS
Amelia Earhart; Female Aviator, Atchison, KS
Barry Sanders; Record-breaking NFL football player with Detroit Lions and 1988 Heisman Trophy winner, Wichita, KS
Charlie Parker; Renowned and most famous Jazz player in history, Kansas City, KS
Clyde Vernon Cessna; Clyde Vernon Cessna founded the Cessna Aircraft Company, Wichita, KS
David Blanton; Invented the autopilot in 1954, Wichita, KS
Dee Wallace-Stone; American Motion Picture and Television Actress
Dr. James Naismith; Inventor, professor & physician at Kansas University that invented the game of basketball and its 13 original rules; known as the "Father of Basketball." University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 
Dwight D. Eisenhower; Served as the 34th President of the United States (1953-1961) and Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II, Abilene, KS
Earl Watson; NBA Player, Kansas City, KS
Ed Dwight; First Black Astronaut trainee, Air Force Officer and Pilot, Sculptor
Edward Asner; Actor ; Graduate of Wyandotte High School, Kansas City, KS
Eva Jessye; Female dean of black music and the first internationally recognized black female choral group director, Coffeyville, KS
Gale Sayers; NFL player for the Chicago Bears; youngest inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame at the age of 34, Wichita, KS
Gordon Parks; Writer/photographer Gordon Parks, author of The Learning Tree, and became the first black director, screenwriter and composer of a major motion picture, Fort Scott, KS
Gwendolyn Brooks; First African American to win a Pulitzer Prize, Fort Scott, KS
Hattie McDaniel; Actress; Wichita, KS
Hugh Beaumont;  was an actor and television director. Beaumont is best known for his portrayal of Ward Cleaver, the husband of June Cleaver and the father of Wally and Beaver on the television series, Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963), Lawrence, KS
Joe Engle; Commanded the second flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Chapman, KS
Kevin Young; MLB Player for Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City, KS
Larry Drew; NBA Player for Kansas City Kings, Detroit Pistons, NBA Assistant Coach, Kansas City, KS
Lynette Woodard; First Female Harlem Globetrotter, four-time All-America basketball player at K.U. and two-time U.S. Olympian. By unanimous vote in 1996, she was named the greatest female player in Big Eight Conference history, Wichita, KS
Maurice Greene; Track & Field; Olympic Gold Medalist, Kansas City, KS
Ralph Houk; Baseball manager that won three consecutive American league pennants and the 1961-62 World Series championship with the New York Yankees, Lawrence, KS
Ronald Evans;  Astronaut that commanded Apollo 17, St. Francis, KS
Russell Stover;  Confectioner and business owner, Mount Ayr Township, KS
Tom Watson;  One of the greatest & most successful professional golfers of all time, Mission Hills, KS
Vivian Vance; Stage and film actress, commonly know for role as Ethel Mertz in the sitcom "I Love Lucy" also Vivian Bagley in the "Lucy Show,"  Cherryvale, KS
Wyatt Earp; Officer of the Law, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

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