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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Boston Latin School and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Boston Latin School, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Boston Latin School include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Boston Latin School alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Boston Latin School are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Boston Latin School.

Items include everything from Benjamin Franklin to Leonard Bernstein.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Boston Latin School?” and “Which celebrities are Boston Latin School alumni?”

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Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Benjamin Franklin Statesman, Librarian, Politician Benjamin Franklin FRS was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, ...more

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Ralph Waldo Emerson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Ralph Waldo Emerson Poet, Author, Essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient ...more

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Leonard Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Leonard Bernstein Conductor, Film Score Composer, Pianist Leonard Bernstein was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the United States of America to receive ...more

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Samuel Pierpont Langley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Samuel Pierpont Langley Physicist, Inventor, Aerospace Engineer Samuel Pierpont Langley was an American astronomer, physicist, inventor of the bolometer and pioneer of aviation. He attended Boston Latin School, graduated from English High School of Boston, ...more

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John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
John Hancock John Hancock was a merchant, smuggler, statesman, and prominent Patriot of the American Revolution. He served as president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first and third Governor ...more

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Sumner Redstone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Sumner Redstone Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Actor Sumner Murray Redstone is an American businessman and media magnate. He is the majority owner and Chairman of the Board of the National Amusements theater chain. Through National Amusements, ...more

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Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. Businessperson, Politician, Diplomat Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy, Sr. was an American businessman, investor, and government official. Kennedy was the husband of Rose Kennedy. Their children included President John F. ...more

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Barry Newman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Barry Newman Actor Barry Foster Newman is an American film, television and stage actor, known for his portrayal of Kowalski in the movie Vanishing Point, and for his title role in the 1970s television series ...more

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Charles Bulfinch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Charles Bulfinch Architect Charles Bulfinch was an early American architect, and has been regarded by many as the first native-born American to practice architecture as a profession. Bulfinch split his career between his ...more

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George Santayana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
George Santayana Poet, Novelist, Writer Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, known as George Santayana, was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. Santayana was raised and educated in the United ...more

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Guy Steele is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Guy Steele Computer scientist Guy Lewis Steele Jr, also known as "The Great Quux", and GLS, is an American computer scientist who has played an important role in designing and documenting several computer

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Franklin Elmer Ellsworth Hamil... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Franklin Elmer Ellsworth Hamilton Historian, Writer Franklin Elmer Ellsworth Hamilton was an American Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, elected in 1916.

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Cotton Mather is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Cotton Mather Writer Cotton Mather, FRS was a socially and politically influential New England Puritan minister, prolific author and pamphleteer. Known for his vigorous support for the Salem witch trials, Mather ...more

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John F. Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
John F. Fitzgerald Politician John Francis "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald was an American politician, father of Rose Kennedy and grandfather of President John F. Kennedy. Fitzgerald was a Democratic congressman who went ...more

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John King is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
John King Journalist, Actor John King is a journalist.

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Christine Elise is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Christine Elise Screenwriter, Actor, Photographer Christine Elise is an American film and television actress.

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Samuel Adams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Samuel Adams Politician Samuel Adams was an American statesman, political philosopher, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. As a politician in colonial Massachusetts, Adams was a leader of the movement ...more

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William M. Evarts is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
William M. Evarts Statesman, Politician, Lawyer William Maxwell Evarts was an American lawyer and statesman who served as U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Attorney General and U.S. Senator from New York. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the ...more

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Andrew Viterbi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Andrew Viterbi Businessperson, Computer scientist, Engineer Andrew James Viterbi is an American electrical engineer and businessman who co-founded Qualcomm Inc. and invented the Viterbi algorithm. He is currently Presidential Chair Professor of ...more

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Wade H. McCree is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Wade H. McCree Judge, Lawyer Wade Hampton McCree, Jr. was an American attorney, judge, public official and law professor. He was the first African American appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and ...more

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Edward Charles Pickering is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Edward Charles Pickering Physicist, Astronomer Edward Charles Pickering was an American astronomer and physicist as well as the older brother of William Henry Pickering. Along with Carl Vogel, Pickering discovered the first spectroscopic ...more

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Cid Corman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Cid Corman Poet, Translator Cid Corman was an American poet, translator and editor, most notably of Origin, who was a key figure in the history of American poetry in the second half of the 20th century.

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Richard Saltonstall Greenough is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Richard Saltonstall Greenough Artist Richard Saltonstall Greenough was an American sculptor and younger brother to Neoclassical sculptor Horatio Greenough. Greenough was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the youngest child of ...more

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Samuel Gridley Howe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Samuel Gridley Howe Physician Samuel Gridley Howe was a nineteenth century United States physician, abolitionist, and an advocate of education for the blind. He organized and was the first director of the Perkins ...more

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Charles Sumner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Charles Sumner Politician Charles Sumner was an American politician and senator from Massachusetts. As an academic lawyer and a powerful orator, Sumner was the leader of the antislavery forces in Massachusetts and a ...more

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Wendell Phillips is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Wendell Phillips Lawyer Wendell Phillips was an American abolitionist, advocate for Native Americans, orator and lawyer.

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Robert F. McDermott is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Robert F. McDermott Brigadier General Robert Francis McDermott was the first permanent Dean of the Faculty at the United States Air Force Academy, and later served as Chairman and CEO of USAA. He is often referred ...more

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Samuel Francis Smith is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Samuel Francis Smith Songwriter Samuel Francis Smith was a Baptist minister, journalist, and author. He is best known for having written the lyrics to "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", which he entitled

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Charles Hale Hoyt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Charles Hale Hoyt Politician, Playwright Charles Hale Hoyt was an American dramatist.

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Clifton Sprague is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Clifton Sprague Vice Admiral Clifton Albert Frederick Sprague was a World War II-era officer in the United States Navy.

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John Lothrop Motley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
John Lothrop Motley Diplomat, Historian John Lothrop Motley was an American historian and diplomat.

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Richard A. Clarke is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Richard A. Clarke Author, Consultant Richard Alan Clarke is the former National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism for the United States. Clarke worked for the State Department during the ...more

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Henry A. Miley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Henry A. Miley, Jr. Henry Augustine Miley, Jr. was a United States Army four-star general who served as Commanding General, United States Army Materiel Command from 1970 to 1975.

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James Bowdoin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
James Bowdoin James Bowdoin II was an American political and intellectual leader from Boston, Massachusetts, during the American Revolution. He served in both branches of the Massachusetts General Court from ...more

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John Chipman Gray is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
John Chipman Gray John Chipman Gray was an American scholar of property law and professor at Harvard Law School. He also founded the law firm Ropes & Gray, with law partner John Codman Ropes. He was ...more

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Burton Malkiel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Burton Malkiel Professor, Author, Economist Burton Gordon Malkiel is an American economist and writer, most famous for his classic finance book A Random Walk Down Wall Street. He is a leading proponent of the efficient-market hypothesis, ...more

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Robert Treat Paine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Robert Treat Paine Robert Treat Paine was a Massachusetts lawyer and politician, best known as a signer of the Declaration of Independence as a representative of Massachusetts. He served as the state's first ...more

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Mike Gorman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Mike Gorman Jazz Pianist Michael "Mike" Gorman is a television play-by-play commentator for the Boston Celtics basketball team, currently broadcasting on the Comcast Sportsnet New England. Gorman is a graduate ...more

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Thomas Bulfinch is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Thomas Bulfinch Writer Thomas Bulfinch was an American writer born in Newton, Massachusetts. Bulfinch belonged to a well-educated Bostonian merchant family of modest means. His father was Charles Bulfinch, the ...more

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Grant Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Grant Gilmore Grant Gilmore was an American law professor who taught at Yale Law School, University of Chicago Law School, the College of Law at The Ohio State University, and Vermont Law School. He was a ...more

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Anton Myrer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Anton Myrer Novelist Anton Olmstead Myrer was a United States Marine Corps veteran and a best-selling author of American war novels that accurately and sensitively depict the lives of United States Army officers ...more

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Isadore Twersky is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Isadore Twersky Philosopher Isadore Twersky was an Orthodox rabbi and the Nathan Littauer Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy at Harvard University, a chair previously held by Harry Austryn Wolfson. Twersky was ...more

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Marshall Cogan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Marshall Cogan Investment Banker Marshall S. Cogan is an American investor and entrepreneur and former financier and trader. Cogan was the founder of United Automotive Group, which he built into one of the largest retailers of ...more

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James A. Gallivan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
James A. Gallivan James Ambrose Gallivan was a United States Representative from Massachusetts. He was born in Boston on October 22, 1866. Gallivan attended the public schools, graduated from the Boston Latin ...more

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John Wright is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
John Wright John Joseph Wright was an American cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy from 1969 until his death, and was elevated to the cardinalate ...more

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Edward F. McLaughlin, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Edward F. McLaughlin, Jr. Edward Francis McLaughlin, Jr. was an American attorney and politician who served as a Boston city councilor, president of the Boston City Council, and the 60th Lieutenant Governor of the ...more

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Paul Zoll is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Paul Zoll Paul Maurice Zoll was a Jewish American cardiologist and one of the pioneers in the development of the cardiac pacemaker and cardiac defibrillator. He graduated from Boston Latin School in

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Robert DeLeo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
Robert DeLeo Lawyer Robert A. DeLeo is an American politician from the state of Massachusetts. Since 2009 he has been Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, succeeding Salvatore DiMasi, who resigned ...more

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William J. A. Bailey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
William J. A. Bailey William John Aloysius Bailey was a Harvard University dropout who falsely claimed to be a doctor of medicine, and who promoted the use of radioactive radium as a cure for coughs, flu, and other ...more

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James Lovell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
James Lovell James Lovell was an American educator and statesman from Boston, Massachusetts. He was a delegate for Massachusetts to the Continental Congress from 1777 to 1782. He was a signatory to the ...more