Connecticut 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 (Connecticut):

School Name
Notable School Alumni (Sample)
  • Pete Seeger '36 - Award-winning musician/songwriter, environmentalist
  • David Bigelow '44 - Co-Chairman and Co-CEO R.C. Bigelow Tea Company
  • Richard Yates '44 - Novelist (Revolutionary Road), short story writer
  • Stephen Lash '58 - Chairman of Christie's, North and South America
  • Michael Nouri '64 - Broadway, film, television actor
  • John Garvey '78 - Garvey Spacecraft; former NASA rocket scientist
  • George Springer '08 - 2017 World Series Most Valuable Player MLB Multi-year All Star
  • Brian Leetch '86 - Hockey Hall of Fame, World Cup, Olympics; NY Rangers;
  • Kristian Bush ’88 - Musician -grammy award winning country music duo- Sugarland
  • Kevin McKernan ’91 - Scientist, Agencourt;Whitehead Institute-Genome Research;
  • Jack Arute '68 - ESPN sports announcer
  • William Randolph Hearst III '67 - venture capitalist and trustee of Hearst Trust
  • Sargent Shriver '34 - diplomat, Peace Corps organizer, Vice-presidential candidate
  • John Hemingway '79 - author (grandson of Ernest)
  • Cofer Black '68 - former Assistant Secretary of State for counter-terrorism
  • James B. Lee '71 - vice-chairman J.P. Morgan Chase
  • Peter Kiernan '71 - partner Goldman Sachs, author
  • Tom Gerety '64 - educator, NYU professor, former president Trinity College and Amherst College
  • Mike Dunham '91 - NHL goaltender
  • Dominick Dunne '44 - writer, producer, TV personality
  • JP Morgan - American financier, banker and art collector.
  • Roberto C. Goizueta - Former chairman & CEO, Coca-Cola
  • Joseph W. Hasel - Voice of the New York Giants
  • Rockwell Kent - American artist
  • Robert Ludlum - Author best know for The Bourne trilogy.
  • Patrick McCaskey - Director, board member, Chicago Bears
  • Angela Robinson - State Superior Court judge
  • James Van Der Beek - Actor
  • Gideon Welles - Secretary of the Navy (Lincoln)
  • Talib Kweli - American hip-hop artist
  • 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 - former U.S. Representative to NATO
  • Paul Giamatti '85 - Emmy Award-winning broadway and film actor
  • Angela Ruggiero ’98 - four-time Women’s Olympic Ice Hockey Champion
  • Chris Denorfia '98 - center fielder for the San Diego Padres
  • Hilary Knight '07 - 2010 Olympic Ice Hockey Champion, youngest member of Team USA
  • J Seward Johnson II - Bronze Sculptor
  • David Rublin - Member of the band American Authors
  • Richard Henkels - Award-winning cinematographer
  • Eli Gesner - One of the founding members of ZooYork.
  • Mitchell Block - Academy Award winning producer and Academy Award nominated filmmaker
  • Toni Fishman - Owner of Telefunken
  • Shawn Lerner - Owner of Zip-Flyer, LLC, creator of the largest zipline in the world, Las Vegas Slotzilla
  • Blake Miller - Professional lacrosse player
  • Nicholas Kraus - Founder of Wounded Warrior project
  • Leigh H. Perkins - Purchased The Orvis Co., Inc. in 1965 and built it into a significant presence.
  • Dr. Benjamin Spock, Class of 1919 - Dr. Benjamin Spock was a pediatrician and the author of the 1946 book “The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care,” which helped legions of parents with their child-rearing responsibilities over the course of several decades.
  • Dr. Richard Wall Lyman, Class of 1940 - Dr. Richard Lyman joined Stanford University in 1958 and held positions as professor of history, associate dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences, and vice president and provost before serving as university president from 1970 to 1980. He was 46 when he became the university’s seventh president.
  • Joyce Olson Resnikoff, Class of 1955 - Joyce Olson Resnikoff is the visionary and developer of Olde Mistick Village, a unique collection of specialty shoppes and restaurants in popular tourist-destination Mystic, Connecticut. Along with her twin brother, Jerry Olson, also a Hamden Hall alumnus, Joyce in 1973 created the standout attraction.As a real estate developer, Joyce has been called a pioneer as well as a powerhouse in the tourism industry and a positive force for empowering women. She was the only woman on the board of the Bank of Mystic for 10 years, has supported a number of cultural and non-profit service agencies in the region, and fought the Connecticut blue laws prohibiting retail business on Sundays during the 1960s and ‘70s.
  • Jill Medvedow, Class of 1972 - Jill Medvedow, Class of 1972, became the 11th director of the Institute of Contemporary Art in March 1998, following a national search by the ICA’s Board of Trustees.Since her appointment, the ICA has repositioned itself locally and nationally as the leading contemporary art museum in Boston. In 1999, and against all odds, the ICA won civic designation to build a new museum of contemporary art on Boston’s waterfront. In December 2006, the ICA opened to local, national, and global acclaim.
  • Michael Barbaro, Class of 1998 - Michael Barbaro, Class of 1998, is a journalist and the host of The New York Times’ news podcast, The Daily, a popular audio series that grew out of a podcast that aired during the final months of the 2016 presidential election.Prior to his hosting duties, Michael worked as a reporter for the Times, which he joined in 2005. He was a national political correspondent and during the 2016 presidential election he was frequently featured on the front page of the Times for his coverage of Donald Trump and the election. Earlier beats included articles on Walmart for the Business section, personality stories out of New York City Hall, and coverage of the American retail industry.
  • Ross G. Douthat, Class of 1998 - Ross Douthat, Class of 1998, is a published author and a blogger and columnist for The New York Times.Ross graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 2002, where he was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. While there he contributed to The Harvard Crimson and edited The Harvard Salient.In April 2009, Douthat became the youngest regular op-ed writer in The New York Times after replacing Bill Kristol as a conservative voice on the publication’s editorial page.
  • William Carpenter, Class of 2008 - After leaving our halls, alumnus William Carpenter 2008 went on to graduate from West Point and is now a military justice advisor in the 3rd Infantry Division Office of the United States Army.In the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate in Fort Stewart, GA., Will addresses soldier misconduct and has advised more than 35 company commanders, nine battalion commanders, and two brigade commanders. He served as a government representative during Separation Hearings and was the lead prosecutor in one court-martial.
  • John Avildsen - Director of the Karate Kid and Rocky.
  • George P. Shultz '38 - Former Secretary of State
  • Ella T. Grasso '36 - Former Governor of Connecticut
  • Diana Farrell '83 - Founding president and chief executive officer of the JPMorgan Chase Institute
  • Henry R. Kravis '63 - Co-founder, co-chairman, co-CEO KKR
  • James Widdoes '72 - Actor, writer, director, and producer
  • Betty Gilpin '04 - Emmy-nominated television (GLOW), film, and stage acctress.
  • Nana Mensah '01 - actress, writer, singer, and director
  • David Edelstein '77 - Film critic for New York magazine and for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air
  • Jason Wu '01 - Fashion designer (designed First Lady Michelle Obama's inaugural ball gowns and other pieces for the first lady)
  • Frank Bruni ’82 - Author, journalist, The New York Times and the New York Times Magazine
  • Jake Burton Carpenter '71 - Jake Burton Carpenter, also known as Jake Burton, is an American snowboarder and founder of Burton Snowboards and one of the inventors of the modern day snowboard.
  • Blair Patterson '98 - Blair's work for Estée Lauder has been featured on The View, The Today Show and TLC's iVillage, as well as in Nylon and O Magazines and on the covers of Time Out New York and Harper's Bazaar.
  • Nicholas Benson '83 - Nick was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, and in 2010, he was named a MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
  • Notable Alumnae -
  • Lachlan Markay - Political Report, Axios Former reporter, Daily Beast
  • Michael Armand Hammer - Owner, Hammer Galleries, Hammer Productions & Philanthropist
  • Robert Allbritton - Founder, Capitol News Company and Politico
  • Julian Ungano - Award-winning filmmaker, photographer, creative director
  • Takuro Nishimura - President of Nittaku Real Estate
  • Fabien Cousteau - Aquanaut, Ocean Conservationist, Documentary Filmmaker. Ted Talk titled “What I learned from spending 31 days underwater”.
  • Rob Howland - Designer, Programmer, and Producer Founder of Three Flip Studios, a video game production company
  • Matthew Batten - Second Baseman for San Diego Padres
  • Dan Iassogna - Major League Baseball Umpire
  • Julia Marino - Orofessional snowboarder, Member of 2018 & 2021 USA Winter Olympic teams, Bronze Medalist (2021), 5x Winter X Games Medalist
  • Tyler Matakevich - Linebacker for Buffalo Bill
  • Kevin Nealon - Actor/comedian
  • Christy Carlson Romano - Actress
  • Lisa Lampinelli - Comedienne/actress/motivational speaker
  • Jim Ferris - Actor
  • Evan DeBenedetto - Dancer
  • Byron Jones '10 - Byron is a cornerback for the Miami Dolphins. He played football at UConn and after a stellar combine performance he was drafted in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys.
  • Steve Pikiell '86 - Steve has been the head coach of the Rutgers University men's basketball team since 2016. Prior to Rutgers, Pikiell was the head coach at Stony Brook University for over a decade, leading the Seawolves to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2016.
  • Andre Drummond - NBA PLayer
  • Yuta Watanabe - NBA Player
  • Eric Paschall - NBA Player
  • Leigh Perkins - President and CEO, Orvis
  • James Tisch - CEO, Loews Corporation
  • Grace Oboma-Layat - Legal Aid Society NY
  • Barry Scherr - Former Provost, Dartmouth College
  • Archer Mayor - Best-selling mystery writer
  • Vinnie Del Negro - NBA basketball player and coach
  • May Chow - World renowned chef
  • John Adler - Stanford Neurosurgeon
  • Jack Robinson - Green Investor
  • Christian Wilkins - NFL Miami Dolphins

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