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List of famous people who went to boarding school, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. For hundreds of years, rich and powerful families have maintained a tradition of sending their sons and daughters to expensive boarding schools around the world. For the rest of the world, the idea of a boarding school include vague images of dorms, gold-buttoned navy blazers, and burgundy striped ties à la Dead Poets Society. For graduates of these competitive institutions, however, memories include rigorous academics, team sports, and, OK fine, beautiful autumn leaves crunched by Bass Weejuns. Or stomping through heavy snow in Bean boots and Norwegian sweaters. Or going to class.

Some of the most prestigious boarding schools in New England are members of the Ten Schools Admissions Organization (TSAO), including Phillips Exeter and Phillips Academy (Andover), Choate Rosemary Hall, Deerfield Academy, and The Hotchkiss School. Several leading men and women in entertainment and politics have attended these famous schools, as well as others across New England, the Southeast, the Midwest, and the United Kingdom. A few notable boarding school alumni include actors Michael Douglas, Paul Giamatti, Allison Janney, and Judd Nelson. This list also includes a handful of the most famous Presidents and other politicians who are boarding school grads.

Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Choate Rosemary Hall, Eaglebrook School

Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Northfield Mount Hermon School

John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Canterbury School

Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Choate Rosemary Hall

George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Phillips Academy Andover

Joe Perry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Vermont Academy

Laura Linney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Northfield Mount Hermon School

Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Choate Rosemary Hall

Matthew Fox is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Deerfield Academy

James Spader is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Phillips Academy Andover

Felicity Huffman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
The Putney School

Mark Zuckerberg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Phillips Exeter Academy

George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Phillips Academy Andover

James Van Der Beek is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Cheshire Academy

Dana Delany is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Phillips Academy Andover

Wallace Shawn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
The Putney School

Téa Leoni is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
The Putney School

Andrew Garfield is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
City of London Freemen's School

Ali MacGraw is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Choate Rosemary Hall

Judd Nelson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
St. Paul's School

Allison Janney is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Hotchkiss School

James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Mercersburg Academy

Tim Daly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
The Putney School

Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Northfield Mount Hermon School

Elizabeth Berkley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Cranbrook Kingswood School

Will Arnett is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Lakefield College School

Margot Kidder is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Havergal College

Jay Chandrasekhar is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Lake Forest Academy

Edie Sedgwick is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
St. Timothy's School

Rufus Wainwright is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Millbrook School

Blythe Danner is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
George School

Paul Thomas Anderson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Cushing Academy

Julie Bowen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
St. George's School Newport

Joe Strummer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
City of London Freemen's School

Seth MacFarlane is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Kent School

Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Cushing Academy

Christopher Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Darrow School

Lake Bell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Westminster School

Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Eton College

Nancy Spungen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Devereux Glenholme School

Ethan Hawke is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Hun School of Princeton

Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Ethel Walker School

Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Groton School

Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Choate Rosemary Hall

Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Middlesex School

Stockard Channing is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Madeira School

John Kerry is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
St. Paul's School, Fessenden School

Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Kent School

Joey Santiago is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Wilbraham & Monson Academy

J. D. Salinger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Valley Forge Military Academy