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Famous Boarding School Alumni 

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Updated June 14, 2019 39.9k views 205 items

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
Age 74 from New Brunswick
Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Age 48 from Boston
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Dec. at 46 (1917-1963) from Brookline
Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Age 60 from Santa Monica
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Age 72 from New Haven
Joe Perry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Age 68 from Lawrence
Laura Linney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Age 55 from New York City
Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Age 51 from New Haven
Matthew Fox is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Age 52 from USA
James Spader is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Age 59 from Boston
Felicity Huffman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Age 56 from Bedford
Mark Zuckerberg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Age 34 from White Plains
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Age 94 from USA
James Van Der Beek is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Age 41 from Cheshire
Dana Delany is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Age 62 from New York City
Wallace Shawn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Age 75 from New York City
Téa Leoni is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Age 53 from New York City
Andrew Garfield is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Age 35 from Los Angeles
Ali MacGraw is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Age 79 from Pound Ridge
Judd Nelson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Age 59 from Portland
Allison Janney is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Age 56 from Boston
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Dec. at 89 (1908-1997) from USA
Tim Daly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Tim Daly Age 62 from New York City
Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Age 69 from Los Angeles
Elizabeth Berkley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Age 46 from Farmington Hills