California Famous Private School Alumni

Use the table below to browse notable alumni from private schools around the United States.

Private School Alumni Directory:

Famous Private School Alumni (California):

School Name
Notable School Alumni (Sample)
  • Phillip Bennett - Geology Professor, Univ. of Texas, Austin
  • Benjamin Brandzel - Student Action Founder
  • Greg Sherwood Cohalen - Emmy Award-Winning Public Broadcasting Anchor
  • Craig Debro - KTVU 2, Oakland, Television News Reporter
  • Joan Haratani - Attorney, San Francisco Bar Association President
  • Carol Moldaw - Noted Poet, Winner of the Field Prize
  • Douglas Perednia - Physician, Business Executive, Entrepreneur
  • Korshied Samad - Journalist, Bureau Chief, Afghan Nonprofit Org. Founder
  • Jackie Thomas - Nike Executive, Athenian School Trustee
  • Andrew Wistrich - United States District Magistrate Judge
  • JP Crawford - Gold glove shortstop for the Seattle Mariners
  • Eric Bieniemy, '87 - NFL player and coach
  • Pat Haden, '71 - USC and NFL quarterback, sportscaster, USC Athletic Director
  • John Sciarra, '72 - NFL player, All-American quarterback at UCLA, played in 1976 Rose Bowl in which UCLA upset favored Ohio State, inducted into College Football Hall of Fame 2014
  • Carlos Pascual, '76 - U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs
  • France Córdova, '65 - president, Purdue University
  • Carmelita Jeter - Olympic Gold Medal Sprinter?
  • Denise Austin - Member of the Presidential Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under President Bush and President Obama?
  • Dr. Vincent Price - President of Duke University (#10)?
  • Dr. Patrick Concannon - Director of the University of Florida’s Gene Research Institute?
  • Sal Torres - Serves as mayor of Daly City and has been elected to city council 5 times ?
  • Yoela Palkin - Alum Yoela Palkin went on to UC Berkeley and has returned to give talks to current students about social entrepreneurship. Yoela Palkin is a 5-time founder, starting at the age of 17 with MEA, a mobile analytics pioneer acquired after integrating with 200+ apps. Her e-commerce analytics startup, Baskit, scaled to 800+ merchants and Fortune 1000 retailers before being acquired. Yoela was named one of the youngest VCs in Silicon Valley in 2014 when she joined Sierra Maya Ventures. In 2017, she became the global CTO at Daikokuya Holdings, a leading international private equity firm. Yoela currently serves as Managing Partner at 77Labs, a fund meets venture studio that acquires and develops IP in niche markets focused on healthcare, retail, transportation, and finance.
  • Allie Cannington - Alum Allie Cannington went on to American University and is now a community advocate and educator who has worked to organize youth with disabilities with a diverse range of backgrounds and identities around the issues facing the Disability community. Allie is the Statewide Community Organizer for the Disability Organizing Network, part of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC). She is also Senior Manager at The Kelsey, an organization focusing on the development of affordable, inclusive community housing with attention to the perspectives of people with disabilities.
  • Davey Feder - Alum Davey Feder went on to Stanford University and is now a Software Product Manager at Walt Disney Imagineering. David has previously led the development of a wide range of games, interactive experiences, and mobile apps for Disney. In his current role, he serves the Walt Disney Company's Parks and Resorts, developing immersive interactive experiences through the use of cutting-edge technologies.
  • Aaron Kalb - Alum Aaron Kalb went on to Stanford University and is the Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Alation, a leading company developing data intelligence solutions. Prior to this role, Aaron worked on the development of core applications for Apple iOS and Siri. He also invented several technologies and holds two patents.
  • Ryan Lerman - Alum Ryan Lerman is a successful instrumentalist who toured as a bassist for Ben Folds, guitarist for Michael Bublé, and music director for John Legend. The songs he has written have been recorded by a number of artists such as Vulfpeck and Michael Bublé. His funk band, Scary Pockets, has received a whopping 375+ million views on Youtube and gained over 1.1 million subscribers.
  • David Crosby - Singer/songwirter
  • Garrett Lisi - Noted physicist
  • Billy Steinberg - Musician/Songwriter
  • Warren Breidenbach III - Pioneering surgeon
  • Sir John R.H. Bond - Financier
  • Mona Khalil - United Nations
  • Dr. William New - Inventor and physician
  • Joshua Yaro - Professional soccer (MLS)
  • Ema Boateng - Professional soccer (MLS)
  • Michael Panush - Current 3/4 Teacher at Courtyard Private School
  • Noah Bendix-Balgley '97 - Co-concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic.
  • Jonah van Bourg '99 - Global Head of Trading at Cumberland; former Executive Director at Goldman Sachs.
  • Owen Dalby '98 - Member of the St Lawrence String Quartet and Artist-in-Residence at Stanford University.
  • Tracey Dooley, M.D. - Digital health innovator, partner at Avestria Ventures and member of the Women’s Health Executive Committee at Springboard Enterprises.
  • Audrey Vardanega - Co-Founder and COO of Arium, a streaming platform featuring global musical storytelling, Founder and Artistic Director of Musaics of the Bay, and touring concert pianist
  • Eric Reuveni, '98 - Emmy Award winner for technical - Work on James Cameron's "Expedition Bismarck"
  • Mike Boone - Inventor of Boone Boards and highly successful serial entrepreneur.
  • Justin Ching '07 - Film maker, professor at USC, and Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient.
  • Nyuol Tong '10 - Founder/Publisher of The Bare Life Review and Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient.
  • Yoky Matsuoka - Co-founder of Google X, CTO of Google Nest.
  • Abu Danladi '19 - MLS recruit and Gatorade National Player of the Year. Currently playing for Nashville Soccer Club.
  • Aiden Terry - Oscar-winning animater who worked with Kobe Bryant.
  • Omar Benson Miller - Omar Benson Miller is an American actor, known for his work as Walter Simmons on CSI: Miami, as Charles Greane on Ballers, as the voice of Raphael on Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and its 2022 film and on the CBS comedy series The Unicorn.
  • Krystal Irwin '14 -
  • Greg Dohlen '79 -
  • Conrad Ukropina '08 -
  • Annie Diehl '11 -
  • Lauren Vernon '01 -
  • Haley Jones '17 - Stanford basketball star and 2021 NCAA champion
  • Jocelyn Travers '21 - 2022 U.S.A Women's National Soccer Team
  • Shepard Fairey - Graphic Artist and Designer
  • Neal Beasley - Princess Grace Award Winner - Modern Dance, Trisha Brown Dance Company
  • Orpheo McChord - Percussionist, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros
  • Casey Abrams - American Idol 2011 Finalist
  • Trevor Hall - Recording Artist
  • Marin Ireland - Tony Award Nominated Actress
  • Elora Hardy - Founder of IBUKU in Bali, Indonesia
  • Cristy Candler - Broadway Musical Theater Actress
  • Vesselin Gelev - Associate Concertmaster - London Philharmonic
  • Liang Wang - Principal Oboe - New York Philharmonic
  • Josh Jackson - #4 NBA draft pick to Phoenix Suns
  • Brett Wallace - Professional MLB player
  • Olivia O'Brien - Singer, songwriter, Billboard Top 10
  • Mark Rappaport - Special make-up effects artist, CEO and owner of Creature Effects Inc, a company that provided special effects for many famous films, including Seabiscuit, The Revenant, Cowboys and Aliens, 300, and The Last Samurai. He received a prestigious technical ac
  • Mia Deng '13 - Mia was recognized in "Forbes 30 Under 30" for being the youngest partner at Dragonfly Capital. The crypto asset firm manages more than $2 billion of assets.
  • Anthony Arya '20 - Contestant on "The Voice" season 15: Arya still performs whilst attending Stanford University.
  • Tim Wrightman - Played for on the Chicago Bears Superbowl Champion Team, 1986.
  • Michael Marinkovich - Voce Principal of Mary Star of the Sea High School
  • Mary Salas - An American politician who previously served in the California Assembly and currently serves as the Mayor of the Chula Vista. She graduated from San Diego State University. ?
  • John Carlos Frey - Renowned investigative journalist, documentary filmmaker and published author. His work has won him many awards, including six Emmys. He has also written articles for the Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Salon and more. He graduated from University
  • Paul Arriola - Professional soccer player who plays as a midfielder for Major League Soccer club D.C. United and the United States national team.?
  • Sean Rad '04 - Found of Tinder
  • 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) - 2010 winner, USEA Gold Cup Series CIC3* division, Galway Downs International Horse Trials
  • Lucille Roybal-Allard - Member of US House of Representatives from California
  • Melissa Villaseñor - American actress, stand-up comedian, and impressionist
  • Sorcha Tate - Professional ballerina with San Jose Ballet
  • Ty Sambrailo - College: Colorado State NFL Draft: 2015 Round 2 Pick 59 Career history Denver Broncos 2015–2016 Atlanta Falcons 2017–2019 Tennessee Titans 2020–2021 Career highlights and awards Super Bowl champion (50)
  • Sahid Valenzuela - MLB Draft 2019 Oakland Athletics Round 13 Overall Pick 404 College Cal State Fullerton
  • Ruben Noe Ibarra - MLB Draft 2021 Cincinnati Reds Round 4 Overall Pick 119 College San Jose State
  • Charles Bradley Watkins - MLB Draft 2021 Chicago Cubs Round 9 Overall Pick 274 College: College of Central Florida
  • Lucas Ramirez - Mountain View Mayor
  • Ellen Kamei - Former Mountain View Mayor
  • James Kanoff - Founder of The Farmlink Project, which rescues surplus food from farmers and delivers it to food banks and families in need.
  • Ali Riley - Class of 2002 American-born New Zealand professional footballer, who plays as a defender for Angel City of the American National Women’s Soccer League
  • Katy Tur - MSNBC anchor, author, and broadcast journalist
  • Phoebe Bridgers -
  • Ady Barkan -
  • Max Thieriot '02 - Actor, Writer, Producer Fire Country SEAL Team
  • Tom and Dick Smothers - Entertainers
  • Pete McCloskey - Congressman
  • Riki Ellison - Pro football; political action head
  • George Ruhlen - Medal of Honor winner
  • Nikola Stajszczak - Polish Model
  • Julia Marciari-Alexander '85 - Executive Director, Walters Art Museum
  • Caroline Adler '00 - Former Special Assistant to President Obama
  • Samantha Ainsley '07 - Senior Software Engineer & Technical Lead, Google
  • Ariel Fan '10 - CEO GreenWealth Energy
  • Josh Marshall '87 - Editor and publisher of
  • John Scalzi ’87 - Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer
  • Jim Drasdo '63 - Capital Research and Management Group
  • Mark Lee '85 - Architect, Dean of Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • Jeff Luhnow '84 - General Manager, Houston Astros
  • Otis Y. Chandler ’96 - Founder of
  • Jared Kiemeney - Sports Executive Producer, Cal State Fullerton
  • Michael Tomas - High School Principal, Thunderbird Academy in Scottsdale, Arizonia
  • Kenny Toop - Graduate of Pepperdine's MBA Program; Real Estate Licensed; broker and Attorney.
  • Taylor Eigsti - Grammy nominated jazz pianist
  • Marc Fiore - Awarded 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Political Cartooning

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