Famous Boarding School Alumni

Use the table below to browse notable alumni from boarding schools around the world.

Famous Boarding School Alumni:

School Name Notable School Alumni (Sample)
Bishop's College School
  • Hartland de Montarville Molson - was an Anglo-Quebecer statesman, Canadian Senator and a member of the prominent Molson family of brewers.
  • Jake Ebert - was a film producer, executive and financier. He was known for risk-taking and producing a consistently high caliber of movies including such award-winning titles as Chariots of Fire (1981, uncredited), Gandhi (1982), and Dances with Wolves (1990).
  • Philip Michael Ondaatje - is a Sri Lankan-born Canadian novelist and poet. He won the Booker Prize for his novel The English Patient, which was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.
  • Reginald Aubrey Fessenden - a naturalized American citizen born in Quebec, Canada, was an inventor who performed pioneering experiments in radio, including early—and possibly the first—radio transmissions of voice and music.
  • Raymond C. Setlakwe - is a Canadian entrepreneur, lawyer, and former senator.
  • Norman Eric Webster - is a Canadian journalist: a former editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail and The Gazette.
  • Tom Nütten - is a former American football guard who played eight seasons in the National Football League with the St. Louis Rams.
  • David Anthony Stuart Atkinson - was a Canadian baritone and New York Broadway actor/singer.
  • General Andrew George Latta McNaughton - was a Canadian scientist, army officer, cabinet minister, and diplomat.
  • Paul Almon - is a Canadian former television and motion picture screenwriter, director and producer, and since 1990 has been a novelist.
Choate Rosemary Hall
  • Adlai Stevenson ’18 - former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
  • John F. Kennedy ’35 - 35th President of the United States
  • Edward Albee ’46 - Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright
  • Robert D. McCallum Jr. ’64 - former U.S. Ambassador to Australia
  • Glenn Close ’65 - Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe Award-winning film and stage actress
  • Victoria J. Nuland ’79 - current U.S. State Department spokesperson, former U.S. Representative to NATO
  • Paul Giamatti ’85 - Emmy Award-winning broadway and film actor
  • Angela Ruggiero ’98 - fourtime Women’s Olympic Ice Hockey Champion
  • Chris Denorfia ’98 - center fielder for the San Diego Padres
  • Josephine Pucci ’09, Hilary Knight ’07 and Julie Chu ’01 - members of the 2012 U.S. Women's National Ice Hockey Team
Delphian School
  • Sky Dayton - Founder of EarthLink and founder and chairman of Boingo Wireless, and a technology investor/entrepreneur.
  • Thad Corea - Drummer (Wild Colonials; Blue Man Group); Jaguar Recording Studio
  • Arwen Dayton - Author
  • Natasha Gray - Artist/sculptor
  • Vivian Gray - Actress (Dread)
  • Sylvan Lionni - Artist
  • Melissa McPhail - Author
  • David O'Donnell - Actor/producer/writer: Air Force One; NCIS; Days of Our Lives
  • Eduardo Olmos - Mayor of Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico
  • Doug Rappoport - Lead guitarist (Edgar Winter)
Forman School
  • J. Seward Johnson '49 - Internationally known sculptor
  • David Walters '69 - Co-founder of Aldus Pagemaker
  • Eli Gesner '88 - Designer, Co-founder of Zoo York, Phat Farm, Baby Phat
  • David Rublin '06 - Bass player, American Authors
  • Annette Jenner-Matthews '87 - Ph.D. Harvard University, neuroscientist and researcher, professor at Syracuse University
Fryeburg Academy
  • David Rohde - New York Times investigative journalist
  • Rufus Porter - painter and founder of Scientific American
  • Spaulding Gray - actor and playwright
  • Marcus Nash - U.S. olympic nordic ski racer
  • James Farrington - US representative from New Hampshire (1828-1831)
Gould Academy
  • Sasha Rearick - U.S. Ski Team Men's Head Alpine Coach
  • Eric Bach - Member of Modern Gypsies: Compassionate Adventurerers
  • Brian Blake - Former CEO of Gucci, Prada, and Burberry
  • Arn Chorn-Pond - Cambodian refugee, founder of Cambodian Living Arts, and subject of the Emmy-nominated documentary The Flute Player.
Hill School
  • James Baker III '48 - Former Secretary of State
  • Norman Pearlstine '60 - Editor-in-chief of Time, Inc
  • Tobias Wolff '64 - Stanford University professor and critically acclaimed author of Old School
  • Oliver Stone '64 - Academy Award-winning producer/director
  • Peter S. Rummell '63 - Chairman and CEO of the Florida real estate and development firm the St. Joe Co.
  • Clark Hoyt '60 - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Washington editor of Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services
  • Lamar Hunt '51 - Businessman, owner and founder of the Kansas City Chiefs and a creator of the American Football League
  • Tom Wolf '67 - Governor-elect of Pennsylvania (2014)
Hillcrest Academy
  • G.T. Gunhus - 4 Star General and head of Military Chaplains during 9/11
Lake Forest Academy
  • Jean Harlow - Actress
  • Bix Biederbecke - Jazz cornet player
  • Bradley Russell Weinberger, - Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice
  • Bill Ayers - Political activist and professor at the University of Chicago
  • David Bradley - Film director
  • Bill Schulz - Panelist, writer, and producer on Fox News Channel's late night show, Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld
  • Judy Baar Topinka - Former Illinois State Treasurer
  • Frances Perkins - First female Secretary of Labor
Maine Central Institute
  • Peter Cianchette - Former United States Ambassador to Costa Rica and Businessman
  • Caron Butler - NBA basketball player
  • Sam Cassell - NBA basketball player
  • Paul Rieckhoff - Founder of IAVA(Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans Association)
  • Khano Smith - Professional Soccer
McCallie School
  • Ted Turner '56 - CNN Founder
  • Howard Baker '43 - Former Senate Majority Leader, White House Chief of Staff, and Ambassador to Japan
  • Jon Meacham '87 - Editor of Newsweek and best-selling author
  • Bill Brock '49 - Former Senator and Secretary of Labor
  • James Killian '21 - Former President of MIT
  • Ralph McGill '17 - Pulitzer Prize winning editor of the Atlanta Constitution
  • Zach Wamp '76 - Current member of the House of Representatives
  • Carroll Campbell '58 - Former Governor of South Carolina
  • John M. Belk '39 - President of Belk Department Stores Inc.
  • Olin Mills II '48 - Chairman of the Board, Olan Mills Inc.
Ojai Valley School
  • Barbara B. Smith (L35) - Ethnomusicologist, Professor Emeritus of Music, University of Hawaii
  • Robert Erburu (L46) - Former Chairman of the Board and CEO, Times Mirror
  • Michael Mondavi (L58) - Founder, Folio Wine Partners
  • Jeffrey Hyland (L63) - President, Hilton & Hyland, architectural historian and author
  • John Slavik (L66, U69) - Owner, Pinnacle Holdings, Inc.
  • Keith Carradine (U67) - Actor, composer, musician
  • David Lazarus (L74, U78) - American business and consumer columnist for the Los Angeles Times
  • Bruce Sommers (L79) - President of Sincbox Media
  • Mari Holden (L84, U88) - 2000 Olympic silver medalist, cycling
  • Tiana Coudray (L02,U06) - 2012 London Olympics, 2010 winner, USEA Gold Cup Series CIC3* division, Galway Downs International Horse Trials
Saint John's Preparatory School
  • Senator Eugene McCarthy - 1932 -
  • Senator David Durenberger - 1951 -
  • Sossina Haile, Ph.D. '83 - Ms. Haile was named by Newsweek among twelve prominent individuals to watch in 2008 for her work on developing a new type of fuel cells, which produce energy through chemical reactions; their chief emission is pure water.
  • Jennifer Waldron, Ph.D. ’92 - Ms. Waldron is an Assistant Professor and conducting research at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Rapids’ School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services.
  • Anton Bacardi ’70 -
  • Emilio Bacardi ’68 -
  • Abbot John B. Klassen, OSB '67 - Abbot of Saint John's Monastery, Collegeville, MN
  • Julius C. Smith ’48 - Lawyer and founder of the Minnesota Renaissance Fair
  • Judge R. A. (Jim) Randall ‘58 -
San Marcos Academy
  • Lee Hage Jamail - Philanthropist, educator
  • James Wittliff - chemistry
  • Paul Pena - USMA, Captain-US Army, KIA, Afghanistan
Santa Catalina School
  • Dr. Cynara Coomer - A surgeon who anchors a health segment on Fox News
  • Monica C. Lozano - Publisher and CEO of the Spanish language La Opinión newspaper in Los Angeles
  • Kate Mitchell - CEO and co-founder of Scale Venture Partners and chairman of the National Venture Capital Association
  • Maria Imelda Marcos - Filipino congresswoman
  • Wendy Clark Duffy - Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, Sixth District
  • Pamela Butler - Superior Court judge, Monterey County
  • Catie Ryan - Sustainable Infrastructure Research; Analyst, Terrapin Bright Green
  • Teresa Barger - CEO, Cartica Capital
  • Terry Durkin Wilkinson - Council Member, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  • Abigail Folger - Civil rights activist, coffee heiress
Sparhawk School
  • Chaz Matses - Founder and Designer for clothing line Vicious History
Saint Michaels University School
  • Steve Nash '92 - Two-time NBA MVP, founder and president of the Steve Nash Foundation for growing health in kids
  • Stewart Butterfield '91 - Co-founder of Flickr
  • Kenneth Oppel '85 - Award-winning author
  • Manoj Sood '81 - Star of CBC's hit show
Suffield Academy
  • Leigh Perkins - President and CEO, Orvis
  • James Tisch - CEO, Loews Corporation
  • Roger Faxon - COO, EMI Music
  • Barry Scherr - Provost, Dartmouth College
  • Archer Mayor - Best-selling mystery writer
  • Vinnie Del Negro - NBA basketball player and coach
Bishop Strachan School
  • Lin Chi-Ling (Class of 1993) - Taiwanese Model and Actress
  • Dr. Joan WHITTEN Miller (Class of 1976) - Macular Degeneration Specialist, Harvard Medicine
  • Valerie PRINGLE (Class of 1971) - Canadian television host and journalist
  • Margaret WENTE (Class of 1968) - Columnist for The Globe and Mail
  • Veronica TENNANT (Class of 1964) - Prima Ballerina at the National Ballet Company
  • Margot NUNNS Northey (Class of 1957) - Former Dean of Queen's School of Business
  • Ann SOUTHAM (Class of 1955) - Famous Canadian Composer
  • Beatrice Helen WORSLEY (Class of 1939) - First female computer scientist in Canada
  • Margaret Campbell (Class of 1930) - Municipal and Provincial Politician
  • Emily MURPHY (Class of 1886) - Canadian Women's Wrights Activist, the British Empire's first female judge and one of the Famous Five
Brook Hill School
  • Sang Joon Lee - One of first boarders in our program now attends Lehigh University
  • Brittany Sherman - First Valedictorian graduated Wellesley 2006
  • So Hyun Park - Valedictorian 2007, graduated Wellesley
  • Kira Langsjoen - National Merit Scholar, Salutatorian 2007, attending Texas A & M
  • Aaron Clements - Graduated Honor student, Texas Tech University
  • Aaron Swink - Charter student, Graduated Law at Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University
Kiski School
  • Harry Stuhldreher '21 - Four Horsemen of Notre Dame, Member of the American Football League
  • Carroll - ESPN Commentator and Historian
  • Bob Mathias '49 - Olympic Gold Medalist Decathlete
  • Marshall Goldberg '64 - Director, Author
  • Jack Hanna '65 - Zoologist
  • Daryll Clark '95 - Former NFL Quarterback
  • Curtis Enis '05 - Former NFL Running Back
Loomis Chaffee School
  • George Schultz '38 - Former Secretary of State
  • Ella T. Grasso '36 - Former Governor of Connecticut
  • Arthur Ochs Sulzberger '45 - New York Times Chairman
  • Henry R. Kravis '63 - Financier; founding partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
  • James Widdoes '72 - Actor, writer, and producer
  • Gretchen Ulion '90 - 1998 Winter Olympic Games US women's ice hockey Olympic gold medalist
  • John D. Rockefeller III '25 - Successful businessman and philanthropist
  • Winthrop Rockefeller '31 - Former governor of Arkansas
  • Jason Wu '01 - Fashion designer (designed First Lady Michelle Obama's inaugural ball gown and other pieces for the first lady)
  • Frank Bruni ’82 - Journalist, The New York Times and the New York Times Magazine
Marvelwood School
  • Jake Burton Carpenter '78 - Founder and CEO, Burton Snowboards
  • Nick Benson '83 - Owner and Creative Director of The John Stevens Shop, Newport
  • Rob Demarest - Lead investigator of the Sci-Fi channel program
  • Sidney Torres IV - Founder of SDT LLC Waste and Debris Services, entrepreneur, and real estate developer
  • Angela Eastwick '02 - Founder and CEO of JuJu Tours, Negril, Jamaica, ranked #1 on TripAdvisor
Williston Northampton School
  • Steve Porter ’97 - PorterHouse Media produces ESPN video mashups
  • G.P. Gromacki ’89 - Led Amherst College women's basketball team to the NCAA Division III championship, named Coach of the Year by D3hoops.com.
  • William S. Clark - UMass/Amherst President
  • Winthrop Crane - 40th Governor of Massachusetts, U.S. Senator
  • Brad Hall ’75 - Actor, producer, writer. Saturday Night Live Weekend Update anchor
  • Patrick Rissmiller - Professional hockey player, NHL NY Rangers forward
  • George Crockett Strong, Class of 1851 - U.S. Civil War General
  • Robert Samuelson ’63 - Economic columnist and journalist, editor for Newsweek and the Washington Post, author
  • George Stanley Hall - Psychologist, father of American Psychology
  • Tony Lavelli ’45 - First overall NBA draft pick, accordionist for the Harlem Globetrotters
Thomas Jefferson School
  • John H. Biggs - Served as Pres. and COO (1989-1993) and as CEO (1993-2002) for TIAA-CREF, the leading retirement provider for people who work in the academic, research, medical and cultural fields.
  • Jun John Sakurai - One of the major theoretical physicists of our times. With a prize named in his honor, the American Physical Society recognizes outstanding work in theoretical particle physics by young research scientists.
Valley Forge Military Academy
  • General H. Norman Schwarzkopf '52 - Commander, Operation Desert Storm
  • Gary Roughead '69, Admiral USN - Chief of Naval Operations
  • Simeon Rylski - Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria
  • J.D. Salinger - Author, The Catcher in the Rye
  • Westley Moore - Rhodes Scholar & White House Fellowship
  • Julian Peterson - Linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks
  • Jeff Otah - New player for the Carolina Panthers
  • Larry Fitzgerald - Wide-receiver for the Arizona Cardinals
  • Rafael Hernández Colón - Former Governor of Puerto Rico
  • Brigadier General Michael Linnington, USA - Commandant of Cadets, USMA, West Point
Verde Valley School
  • David Calley '81 - is the co-founder of Southwest Windpower of Flagstaff, a company designed to produce energy at a reasonable cost and to make the knowledge and the equipment available globally.
  • Celia Lowenstein ’71 - is an awarding-winning producer/director whose films are regularly shown at international film festivals and screened on television channels around the world. She has lectured in film studies at Oxford University.
  • Jean Strouse '63 - is the author of Morgan, American Financier (1999) and Alice James, A Biography (1980), which won the Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy.
  • Rick Ridder '71 - is the co-founder of RBI Strategies & Research, consultant to national presidential campaigns.
  • Ramona Sakiestewa '66 - is one of Native America's most influential artists
  • Chris Horner '71 - is a film-maker, writer, photographer and designer
  • Benson K. Whitney '74 - served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway under Presidents Bush and Obama
  • Carol Tantau '63 - is a leader in domestic violence prevention.
  • Phil Noyes '84 - is a documentary filmmaker and producer at PBS.
Wayland Academy
  • George Edwin Taylor - 1879. First Black man to run for the office of President of the United States
  • Zona Gale - 1891. First woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1921).
  • Addie Joss - 1898. Pitcher; Cleveland (AL); Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • Raymond Patterson - 1940. Retired President/G.M., Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks (NBA), and Wayland Academy
  • Tom Nissalke - 1951. Businessman; former coach, Utah Jazz (NBA)
  • Susan Peterson - 1963. First female TV correspondent assigned to the White House; Chair, Wayland Academy Board of Trustees. Businesswoman.
  • Rick Fliehr - 1968. Professional wrestler.
  • Mikki Hebl, PhD - 1987. Professor, Rice University; Motivational Speaker.
  • Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD - 1988. Neurosurgeon, researcher, Manhattan Veterans' Hospital
  • Kira Salak - 1989. Traveler, author, contributing editor to National Geographic
West Nottingham Academy
  • Samuel Finley - Founder of WNA and 5th president of Princeton University
  • Benjamin Rush - Signer of the Declaration of Independence and prominent early physician
  • Richard Stockton - Signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • Ebenezer Hazzard - 1st United States Postmaster General
  • William Shippen & John Morgan - Founders of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School
  • Alexander Martin - Former governor of North Carolina
  • Josh Boone - NCAA Champion (UCONN), Former NBA Player (Nets)
  • Ross Cameron - President of Charms Candy
  • Eric Fischl - World renowned artist and sculptor
  • Taylor Crothers - Professional photographer, famous for working with the Dave Matthews Band and Phish
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