Straight Outta Compton – Other Notable People From Compton, CA

The movie Straight Outta Compton comes out this Friday. It tells the story of the rap group N.W.A. and the title of the movie refers to the title of their debut album and one of their biggest hits. N.W.A. made the Los Angeles suburb famous with their album but they are not the only notable people who spent time in Compton. Unsurprisingly, many are athletes and rappers, but there are some shocking former residents as well.


There are so many professional athletes who were born in or lived in Compton. Way too many to name them all. Here’s some of the biggest ones.

The Williams Sisters


The great tennis players were born in Michigan but moved to Compton when they were young. They later moved to Florida to improve their tennis game but spent much of their childhood in Compton.

Larry Allen


The Hall of Fame Offensive Lineman for the Cowboys grew up in Compton.

Duke Snider

The Hall of Famer and longtime Dodger Center Fielder graduated from Compton High School in 1944.

Dennis Johnson

DJ won three NBA titles and made five All-Star teams. Before that, he played at Dominguez High School in Compton.

Brandon Jennings, Tyson Chandler, Arron Afflalo, Demar DeRozan, Tayshaun Prince


These five current NBA players all played high school basketball in Compton.

Richard Sherman


The loudmouthed but talented cornerback for the Seahawks was born in Compton and went to Dominguez High School.

Violet Palmer

The first female referee in a major U.S. professional sport is from Compton.


It’s not just athletes. There are people in the entertainment industry from Compton too.

Anthony Anderson

The actor and comedian grew up in Compton. His character from his TV show, Black-ish, shares his hometown.

Krist Novoselic

The Nirvana bassist was born in Compton before moving to nearby San Pedro then the Seattle area where he met Kurt Cobain.

Ava DuVernay


The director, best known for last year’s Selma, spent part of her childhood in Compton.

Kevin Costner

The A-List actor grew up in Compton before moving to nearby Orange County.

Tiny Lister

The wrestler turned actor grew up in Compton. He’s best known as Deebo from the Friday series starring N.W.A. member Ice Cube.


The members of N.W.A aren’t the only rappers from Compton. There are quite a few more.

Kendrick Lamar

One of the biggest names in hip hop today was born and raised in Compton. He’s featured on N.W.A. member Dr. Dre’s new album which happens to be called Compton.


The young rapper was born in Compton. He’s probably best known for possibly dating Kylie Jenner. That was kind of weird because Kylie was only 17 when they allegedly starting dating. She’s 18 now though, as of yesterday. Happy Birthday Kylie.

Suge Knight



The record producer and executive Suge Knight is from Compton. He just recently killed someone on the set of the movie that inspired this article. Crazy, right?


William Hanna

The Hanna-Barbera founder graduated from Compton High School in 1928. Yes, the guy who created Yogi Bear and Scooby Doo is from the same place as the people who wrote “Fuck tha Police”.

George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush

Straight outta Compton, crazy motherfucker named George Bush? Yes, the former presidents called Compton home for a little while. Really, read the whole story here. Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush never lived in Compton, however, as the Bush family moved before he was born.

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