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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
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
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
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
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 was a merchant, statesman, and prominent Patriot of the American Revolution. He served as president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first and third Governor of the ...more

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Sumner Redstone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Boston Latin School Alumni
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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