- Ira Gershwin* (1918), Attended premedical classes, Pulitzer Prize-winning American lyricist.
- Amelia Earhart* (1920), Attended one semester, American aviator and early female pilot.
- Simon Kuznets (1923), Nobel Prize-winning economist.
- David O. Selznick* (1923), Hollywood Producer, "King Kong" (1933), "Gone with the Wind".
- Federico García Lorca* (1929), Attended briefly, Spanish poet and dramatist.
- Isaac Asimov (1939), Science fiction writer and biochemist.
- Jane Jacobs* (1940s), Attended for two years, author "The Death and Life of Great American Cities," urban theorist and activist.
- Baruj Benacerraf (1942), Nobel Prize-winning immunologist.
- Telly Savalas (1946), Actor, Emmy Award-winner and Oscar nominee.
- Ossie Davis (1948), Actor and social activist, Emmy and Golden Globe award nominee.
- Louis Simpson (1948), Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.
- John W. Backus (1950), Developer of Fortran, the first true computer language.
- Anthony Perkins* (1950s), Actor and writer.
- Donald Clarence Judd (1953), Artist.
- Donald Richie (1953), Film Critic.
- Sandy Koufax* (1955), Pitcher for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers.
- Mike Gravel (1956), Former US Senator from Alaska and candidate for the 2008 Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Released full Pentagon Papers.
- Pat Boone (1957), Singer and actor.
- Lee Falk* (1957-1961), Comic strip writer (created The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician) and theater director/producer.
- Gerard W. Ford (1957), Founder of the Ford Modeling Agency.
- Hunter S. Thompson* (1958), Writer.
- Mary McFadden (1959), Fashion Designer.
- Stewart Rawlings Mott (1959), Lobbyist and Philanthropist.
- Edward Klein (1960), Author.
- R.W. Apple (1961), New York Times associate editor.
- John Tauranac (1963), Chief designer of the New York City subway map of 1979.
- Jehuda Reinharz (1964), President of Brandeis University.
- Malcolm Borg (1965), Chairman of North Jersey Media Group (formerly Macromedia, Inc.), owner of "The Record" newspaper in Bergen County.
- Jacques Pepin (1970), French Chef.
- Edward Cecil Harris (1971), Creator of the Harris matrix.
- Peter H. Kostmayer (1971), Former (D) Congressman Pennsylvania.
- Roger Pilon (1971), Constitutional scholar and legal theorist.
- Kristi Zea (1974), Production designer and producer, Academy Award Nominee for Best Picture, "As Good As It Gets" (1997).
- Howard Dean (1975), Postbaccalureate Premedical Program. Former Governor of Vermont and Chair of the Democratic National Committee.
- Howard G. Chua-Eoan (1983), News Director, TIME.
- Gil Shaham (1990), Violinist.
- Ted Rall (1991), Syndicated cartoonist.
- Sasha Frere-Jones (1993), Music critic for The New Yorker.
- Gale Brewer(1997), City Council Representative for the Upper West Side, Manhattan Borough President.
- Josh Waitzkin* (1999-), Child chess prodigy and author.
- Philippe Reines (2000), Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and Senior Advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
- Trent Dimas (2002), Olympic gold-medalist in gymnastics.
- Eric Shaw (2003), Emmy Award-winning screenwriter.
- Thomas Reardon (2008), Creator of Internet Explorer.
- Tim Goebel (2009), 2002 Olympic bronze medalist in ice skating.
- Lena Park (2010), Korean-American singer.
- Jonathan Weiss (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) (2010), Actor.
Sara Ziff (2011), Fashion model.
- Jason Everman (2013), Former guitarist in Nirvana and Soundgarden.
- Lisa Cant (2013), Fashion model.
An asterisk (*) indicates an attendee who did not graduate.
Recent Notable Graduates
A 39-year-old inner-city Newark native; foreman for a team of electricians who restored train service to the World Trade Center site
- Current: Harvard University graduate student
A former member of rock bands The Cult and Guns and Roses; graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa
- Current: Mount Sinai Medical School student
- A Jordanian immigrant mother and her daughter who graduated together
A Native American from Oregon; the first in his tribe to earn a college degree
- Current: Returned to his reservation to inspire other young people to follow in his footsteps.
A former FDNY firefighter and World Trade Center rescue worker in his late forties; future high school teacher
- Current: St. John’s University graduate student in Santa Fe, NM