Notable Alumni

Notable Alumni

  • 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), 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), Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated actor
  • 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); theater director/producer
  • Gerard W. Ford (1957), Founder, 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, 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 of 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 magazine
  • 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
  • Julia Bacha (2003), Award-winning documentary filmmaker
  • Eric Shaw (2003), Emmy Award-winning screenwriter
  • Lauren McFall (2008), Olympic bronze medalist in sychronized swimming
  • 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 College graduate student in Santa Fe, NM