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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