Use the table below to browse notable alumni from private schools around the United States.
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Notable School Alumni (Sample)
- Ben Cook - Ben Cook appeared on Broadway in Ragtime, Billy Elliot the Musical (for which he was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award), Tuck Everlasting, Mean Girls, and West Side Story. He has also performed in two Broadway national tours, Billy Elliot the Musical and Newsies the Musical, and appeared on television in episodes of 30 Rock, House of Cards, Veep, Law & Order: SVU, and in the HBO film Paterno. He most recently appeared as a Jet in the 2021 film version of West Side Story and as Henry in the HBO Max horror series Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin.
- Elpidia Voyas - Elpidia Voyas has danced for the Houston Ballet Academy, the European School of Ballet, and the Dutch National Ballet. She was cast as a corp de ballet member in the film "Piece of My Heart" and had 10-14 hour shoot days for 3 weeks straight! Elpida was also chosen to be a part of the first live performance in the Netherlands post country-wide lockdown: Igone Danst Door, a piece honoring the retirement of Igone de Jongh, principal dancer with the Het Nationale Ballet for over 20 years. Elpida was one of four dancers on stage, performing 10 shows at the historical Royal Theatre Carre.
- Ben Cherington - Ben Cherington is a 2020 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama in Pittsburgh, PA, where he was a recipient of the Adelyne Roth Levine Memorial Award in acting. His credits include Pittsburgh CLO, ACT of Connecticut, Clinton Showboat Theatre, and currently the national tour of Les Misérables.
- Ben Rudisin - Houston Ballet, Apprentice, Houston, TX, and successful completion of the first round of auditions for the Prix de Lausanne ballet competition in Switzerland.
- Mamadi Diakite '15 - 2021 NBA Champion with the Milwaukee Bucks.
- Georgia O'Keefe 1905 - Artist
- Claudia Emerson '75 - Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet
- Jennifer Quainton '96 - Vice President of Content Programming, Audible
- Sherriff Joe Baron - Sheriff Joseph "Joe" P. Baron is a native of Norfolk, Virginia and has dedicated his life to keeping Norfolk safe, with more than 36 years of law enforcement experience. Sheriff Baron's vision is to make a positive difference in the lives of others as far as we can reach. He encourages staff to look for opportunities every day to help others. Further, he created the NSO motto; to serve in the spirit of the Golden Rule: treat others the way we wish to be treated. Joe says, "It's all about setting the tone for the culture of our organization." Sheriff Baron's vision is to make a positive difference in the lives of others as far as we can reach. He encourages staff to look for opportunities every day to help others. Further, he created the NSO motto; to serve in the spirit of the Golden Rule: treat others the way we wish to be treated. Joe says, "It's all about setting the tone for the culture of our organization."
- Bill Easterling - Dean, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Penn State; lead author, Pulitzer Prize-winning United Nations climate change report
- William Styron - Pulitzer Prize Winner
- Lewis B. Puller, Jr. - Pulitzer Prize Winner
- Malcolm Campbell - Former Publisher, SPIN Magazine
- Vincent Canby - Chief Film Critic, New York Times
- Bill Broaddus - Former Attorney General, Commonwealth of Virginia
- John Craine, Jr. - President, SUNY Maritime College
- Alec Faulkner - Player, Valentine FC (pro soccer)
- Devin Robinson - Player, Washington Wizards (NBA)
- Pat Young - Player, Charlotte Hounds (pro lacrosse)
- Senator John McCain '54 - Senator of Arizona, 2008 Presidential Candidate
- Julian Robertson '51 - Financier, former CEO of Tiger Management
- Todd Gray '82 - Chef and Owner of DC's Equinox Restaurant
- T. Berry Brazelton '36 - Renowned Pediatrican and Author
- Paul de Podesta '91 - Former GM, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Gaston Caperton '59 - President of The College Board, former Governor of West Virginia
- Lee D. Ainslie '82 - Managing Partner, Maverick Capital
- Sonny Randle, '54 - Sportscaster, former NFL wide receiver
- Plaxico Burress, '96 - NFL football player, wide receiver for New York Giants
- Gen. John T. Chain, Jr., '52 - Former Commander In Chief of the Strategic Air Command
- Robert S. Bloxom, '55 - Virginia's Secretary of Agriculture
- Charles Edwin Estes, '43 - CEO of Great Coastal, a nationwide trucking company
- John Bassett Vaughan, '48 - Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company
- Edward Telling, '38 - Former Chairman & CEO of Sears
- Kevin Plank, '91 - President & Founder of Under Armour
- Billy Campbell, '76 - Actor
- Lloyd Dobyns, '53 - Fomer NBC News Reporter/Correspondent
- Anne Legendre Armstrong ’45 - First woman appointed the U. S. Ambassador to Great Britain, counselor to Presidents Nixon and Ford, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
- Frances Fitzgerald ’58 - Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction author and journalist
- Sophy Doub Burnham ’54 - Award-winning author
- Keziah Knight-Pulliam ‘97 - Actress
- Alison Firestone ’95 - Equestrian
- Nina Fout '77 - Equestrian and Olympic Bronze Medalist
- Millicent Fenwick - U.S. Congresswoman (1975-1983)
- Meri Danquah - Author and NPR commentator
- Katherine Graham - Publisher, Washington Post
- Mika Brzezinski - New Anchor
- Alice Rivlin - Former director, Office of Management and Budget
- Stockard Channing - Actress
- Brooke Astor - Philanthropist
- Francis Sternhagen - Actress
- Glenn Youngkin '85 - Governor of Virginia
- Pete Wisoff '76 - NASA astronaut and American physicist
- Angela Hucles Mangano '96 - Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist for Women's Soccer, president of Women's Sports Foundation
- Will Dichtel ’96 - MacArthur Fellow, Guggenheim Fellow, Northwestern University chemist who helped pioneer the development of porous polymers known as covalent organic frameworks.
- Liza Mundy ’78 - New York Times Best selling biographer of Michelle Obama, her most recent book "Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II is a national best-seller.
- Carmelo Anthony - NBA Player
- Rajon Rondo - NBA Player
- Quinn Cook - NBA Player
- Jordan Adams - NBA Player
- Cory Alexander - NBA Player
- Keldon Johnson - 2021 US Olympian
- Juliette Gordon Low (Class of 1879) - Founder of the Girl Scouts
- Marijane Meeker (Class of 1945) - Winner, as M.E. Kerr, of the American Library Association's lifetime award for young-adult literature.
- Annette Smith Parker (Class of 1969) - Vice President, Richard Bland College of William & Mary
- Anne McCaffrey (Class of 1944) - Winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards
- Dejon Mayberry (Class of 1947) - Speechwriter for President Gerald Ford
- Kelly Driscoll (Class of 1996) - Co-founder of the company Digication and former faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design
- Denise Wooldridge (Class of 1976) - An executive at Kraft Foods
- William B. Harrison, Jr. '62 - Former CEO of Chase Manhattan and Chairman/CEO of JPMorgan Chase.
- Lee M. Thomas '62 - Former Chairman and CEO of Rayonier Corp., former President and COO of Georgia-Pacific and administrator of The Environmental Protection Agency under President Ronald Reagan.
- Erksine Bowles '63 - Former White House Chief of Staff to President Clinton, co-chair of the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform under President Obama, and 10th Chancellor of the University of North Carolina.
- Meredith Moran German '95 - Creative Director and partner responsible for the relaunch of the New York-based luxury accessories brand Bienen Davis, originally founded in 1931. A native of Lewisburg, WV, Meredith’s signature styles have been celebrated at the biggest night in fashion
- Vivian Howard '96 - Award-winning chef, restaurateur, TV personality; star of PBS series “A Chef’s Life,” for which she has earned a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Culinary Program. An early proponent of the “farm to table” movement championing local food sourcing.
- Paul Taylor '49 - World's foremost modern dance choreographer of the 20th century, received National Merit of Arts from President Clinton, MacArthur Foundation Fellowship “genius award”.
- Paul Fulton, Jr. '53 - Chairman, Bassett Furniture Industries, Former President of Sara Lee Corporation and former Dean of The University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School; founder and co-chair of Higher Education Works
- D. Holmes Morton '69 - Founder of the Clinic for Special Children in Strasburg, PA, 2006 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship “genius grant” recipient, recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism and one of Time magazine’s “Heroes of Medicine” for his work in geneti
- Jerrauld Jones '72 - Judge on Norfolk Circuit Court, former member of the Virginia House of Delegates, law clerk to the Supreme Court of Virginia, among the first African-American VES students.
- Meghann King '01 - Strategic and National Security Advisor to The Wilson Center's CEO & President; Coordinator of The Science and Technology Innovation Program
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