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Famous Hunter College High School Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Hunter College High School and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Hunter College High School, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Hunter College High School include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Hunter College High School alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Hunter College High 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 Hunter College High School.

List contains graduates like Cynthia Nixon, Immortal Technique.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Hunter College High School?” and “Which celebrities are Hunter College High School alumni?”
  • 1

    Cynthia Nixon

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Cynthia Ellen Nixon (born April 9, 1966) is an American actor and activist. For her portrayal of Miranda Hobbes in the HBO series Sex and the City (1998–2004), Nixon won the 2004 Primetime Emmy Award...  more

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  • 2

    Ruby Dee

    Activist, Poet

    AgeDec. at 91 (1922-2014)

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, USA

    Ruby Dee (born Ruby Ann Wallace, October 27, 1922 – June 11, 2014) was an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and civil rights activist. She is perhaps best known for...  more

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  • 3

    Ophelia DeVore


    AgeDec. at 91 (1922-2014)

    BirthplaceEdgefield, South Carolina

    Ophelia DeVore (August 12, 1922 – February 28, 2014) was an American businesswoman, publisher, and model. She was the first model of African-American descent in the United States. In 1946, she helped...  more
  • 4

    Audre Lorde

    Activist, Librarian

    AgeDec. at 58 (1934-1992)

    BirthplaceHarlem, New York City, New York

    Audre Lorde (; born Audrey Geraldine Lorde; February 18, 1934 – November 17, 1992) was an American writer, feminist, womanist, librarian, and civil rights activist. As a poet, she is best known for...  more

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  • 5

    Judy C. Lewent



    Judith Carol Lewent is on the board of directors for GlaxoSmithKline since April 2011, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Motorola Solutions. She worked from 1980 to 2007 at Merck & Co. where she spent...  more
  • 6

    Elena Kagan

    Professor, Law professor


    BirthplaceNew York City, Manhattan, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York

    Elena Kagan (; born April 28, 1960) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She was nominated by President Barack Obama in May 2010, and confirmed by the Senate in August...  more
  • 7

    Diane di Prima

    Poet, Writer


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Diane di Prima (born August 6, 1934) is an American poet. She is also an artist, prose writer, memoirist, playwright, social justice activist, fat acceptance activist and teacher. Di Prima has...  more
  • 8

    Maria Muldaur

    Actor, Singer


    BirthplaceGreenwich Village, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Maria Muldaur (born September 12, 1943) is an American folk and blues singer who was part of the American folk music revival in the early 1960s. She recorded the 1973 hit song "Midnight at the Oasis"...  more
  • 9

    Cynthia Ozick

    Poet, Novelist


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Cynthia Shoshana Ozick (born April 17, 1928) is an American short story writer, novelist, and essayist....  more
  • 10

    AgeDec. at 75 (1934-2010)

    Sylvia Pressler (April 10, 1934 – February 15, 2010) was an American judge who served in a number of positions within the New Jersey judicial system. She is best known for deciding a landmark 1973...  more
  • 11

    AgeDec. at 82 (1921-2003)

    BirthplaceCorona, New York City, New York

    Marie Maynard Daly (April 16, 1921 – October 28, 2003) was an American biochemist. She was the first Black American woman in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry (awarded by Columbia...  more
  • 12

    AgeDec. at 83 (1928-2012)

    BirthplaceHarlem, New York City, New York

    Norma Merrick Sklarek was an African-American architect who accomplished many firsts for black women in architecture....  more
  • 13

    Immortal Technique

    Master of Ceremonies, Rapper


    BirthplaceLima, Peru

    Felipe Andres Coronel (born February 19, 1978), better known by the stage name Immortal Technique, is a Peruvian American hip hop recording artist and activist. Most of his lyrics focus on...  more

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  • 14

    Max Kellerman

    Sports journalism, Commentator


    BirthplaceGreenwich Village, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Max Kellerman (born August 6, 1973) is an American sports television personality and boxing commentator. He is currently a co-host of ESPN talk show First Take alongside Stephen A. Smith and Molly...  more


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  • 15

    Mildred Dresselhaus

    Physicist, Professor


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Mildred Dresselhaus (née Spiewak; November 11, 1930 – February 20, 2017), known as the "queen of carbon science", was an Institute Professor and Professor Emerita of physics and electrical...  more
  • 16

    Deborah Tannen

    Professor, Author


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    Deborah Frances Tannen (born June 7, 1945) is an American academic and professor of linguistics at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She has been a McGraw Distinguished Lecturer at Princeton...  more
  • 17

    Jeannie Suk

    Professor, Lawyer


    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Jeannie Suk Gersen is a professor of law at Harvard Law School....  more
  • 18

    Judith Jarvis Thomson

    Physician, Philosopher


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Judith Jarvis Thomson (born October 4, 1929) is an American moral philosopher. She was elected a Member of the American Philosophical Society in 2019. ...  more
  • 19

    Martina Arroyo



    BirthplaceHarlem, New York City, New York

    Martina Arroyo (born February 2, 1936) is an American operatic soprano who had a major international opera career from the 1960s through the 1980s. She was part of the first generation of black opera...  more
  • 20

    Bernadine Healy

    Politician, Physician

    AgeDec. at 67 (1944-2011)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Bernadine Patricia Healy (August 4, 1944 – August 6, 2011) was an American physician, cardiologist, academic, and first female National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director. She was a professor of...  more
  • 21

    Steve Gilliard

    Steve Gilliard (November 13, 1964 – June 2, 2007) was an American freelance journalist and left-wing political blogger who ran the website The News Blog. An outspoken and at times controversial...  more
  • 22

    Young MC

    Record producer, Rapper


    BirthplaceSouth Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom

    Marvin Young (born May 10, 1967), better known by his stage name Young M.C., is a British-born American singer, rapper and actor. He is best known for his 1989 hit "Bust a Move". His debut album...  more


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  • 23

    Jennifer 8. Lee



    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Jennifer 8. Lee (Chinese name: 李競; pinyin: Lǐ Jìng; POJ: Lí Kēng) (born March 15, 1976) is an American journalist who previously worked for The New York Times. She is also the co-founder and...  more
  • 24

    Mollie Orshansky

    Economist, Statistician

    AgeDec. at 91 (1915-2006)

    Mollie Orshansky (January 9, 1915 – December 18, 2006) was an American economist and statistician who, in 1963–65, developed the Orshansky Poverty Thresholds, which are used in the United States as a...  more
  • 25

    Helen Epstein

    Helen Epstein is an American writer of memoir, journalism and biography who lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, United States. ...  more