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), 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.
  • 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 University graduate student in Santa Fe, NM