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List Rules People on this list must have gone to New Trier High School and be of some renown.

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

List includes Charlton Heston, Rock Hudson, more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to New Trier High School?” and “Which celebrities are New Trier High School alumni?”
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Pete Wentz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Bassist, Businessperson, Guitarist

Age: 39

Birthplace: Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III (born June 5, 1979) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and record executive. He is best known for being the bassist, lyricist, and backing vocalist for ...more

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Rock Hudson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 60 (1925-1985)

Birthplace: Winnetka, Illinois, United States of America

Rock Hudson (born Roy Harold Scherer Jr.; November 17, 1925 – October 2, 1985) was an American actor, generally known for his turns as a leading man during the 1950s and 1960s. He was viewed as ...more

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Hal Sparks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Comedian, Musician, Actor

Age: 49

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

Hal Harry Magee Sparks III (born September 25, 1969) is an American actor, comedian, musician, political commentator, television and radio host, and television personality. He is known for his ...more

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Rainn Wilson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Television director, Comedian, Television producer

Age: 53

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America

Rainn Dietrich Wilson (born January 20, 1966) is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, businessman, and producer. He is best known for his role as Dwight Schrute on the NBC sitcom The ...more

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Charlton Heston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Actor, Voice acting, Political Activist

Age: Dec. at 85 (1923-2008)

Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States of America

Charlton Heston (born John Charles Carter; October 4, 1923 – April 5, 2008) was an American actor and political activist.As a Hollywood star, he appeared in almost 100 films over the course of ...more

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Liz Phair is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Guitarist, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter

Age: 51

Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

Elizabeth Clark Phair (born April 17, 1967) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer, and actress. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Phair was adopted at birth and raised primarily ...more

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Hugh O'Brian is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Actor

Age: 93

Birthplace: Rochester, New York, USA

Hugh O'Brian (born Hugh Charles Krampe; April 19, 1925 – September 5, 2016) was an American actor and humanitarian, best known for his starring roles in the ABC western television series The ...more

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Lili Taylor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Actor

Age: 52

Birthplace: Glencoe, USA, Illinois

Lili Anne Taylor (born February 20, 1967) is an American actress notable for her appearances in such award-winning indie films as Mystic Pizza (1988), Say Anything... (1989), Dogfight (1991), ...more

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John Stossel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Screenwriter

Age: 71

Birthplace: Chicago Heights, Illinois, United States of America

John Frank Stossel (born March 6, 1947) is an American consumer television personality, author, and libertarian pundit, known for his career on both ABC News and Fox Business Channel. Stossel's ...more

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Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Banker

Age: 59

Birthplace: Illinois

John Clemens "Jack" Ryan (born October 6, 1959) is an American former investment banker and politician who was a candidate in the 2004 U.S. Senate race in Illinois. In 2000, he retired ...more
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Charles H. Percy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Politician

Age: Dec. at 92 (1919-2011)

Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, + more

Charles Harting "Chuck" Percy (September 27, 1919 – September 17, 2011) was an American businessman and politician. He was president of the Bell & Howell Corporation from 1949 to ...more
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Ari Emanuel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Talent agent, Businessperson

Age: 57

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Ari Emanuel (born March 29, 1961) is an American talent agent and the co-CEO of William Morris Endeavor (WME), an entertainment and media agency. He was a founding partner of the Endeavor Talent ...more
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William Christopher is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Actor

Age: 86

Birthplace: USA, Evanston, Illinois

William Christopher (October 20, 1932 – December 31, 2016) was an American actor and comedian, best known for playing Private Lester Hummel on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. from 1965 to 1968 and Father ...more
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Adam Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 56

Birthplace: Winnetka, Illinois, United States of America

Adam Baldwin (born February 27, 1962) is an American actor and voice actor. He starred in Full Metal Jacket (1987) as Animal Mother, as well as in the television series Firefly and its ...more

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John Hughes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: Dec. at 59 (1950-2009)

Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan, United States of America

John Wilden Hughes, Jr. was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He directed or scripted some of the most successful comedy films of the 1980s and early 1990s, including the ...more

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W. James McNerney, Jr. ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 69

Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island

Walter James "Jim" McNerney Jr. (born August 22, 1949) is a business executive who was chairman of The Boeing Company until March 1, 2016. He previously served as President and CEO of ...more
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Scott Turow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer

Age: 69

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Scott Frederick Turow (born April 12, 1949) is an American author and lawyer. Turow has written 11 fiction and three nonfiction books, which have been translated into more than 40 languages and ...more

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Rahm Emanuel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Politician, Strategist

Age: 59

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Rahm Israel Emanuel (; born November 29, 1959) is an American politician who served as the 55th mayor of Chicago from 2011 to 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as the ...more

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Christie Hefner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Publisher, Businessperson, Business executive

Age: 66

Birthplace: Wilmette, Illinois

Christie Ann Hefner (born November 8, 1952) is an American businesswoman and activist. Hefner served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Playboy Enterprises from 1988 to 2009. Hefner is ...more
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Donald Rumsfeld is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Public Servant, Businessperson, Politician

Age: 86

Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States of America

Donald Henry Rumsfeld (born July 9, 1932) is an American former politician. Rumsfeld served as Secretary of Defense from 1975 to 1977 under Gerald Ford, and again from January 2001 to December ...more

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Penelope Trunk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Author, Writer

Age: 53

Penelope Trunk is an American businesswoman, author, and blogger. Her work focuses on the intersection of work and life. Trunk is the author of the books Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for ...more
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Joe Trohman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Record producer, Guitarist, Musician

Age: 31

Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

Joseph Mark Trohman (born September 1, 1984) is an American guitarist, singer, and record producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the American rock band Fall Out ...more
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Brad Will is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Activist, Videographer, Journalist

Age: Dec. at 36 (1970-2006)

Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois

Bradley Roland Will (June 14, 1970 – October 27, 2006) was an American activist, videographer and journalist. He was affiliated with Indymedia. On October 27, 2006 during a labor dispute in the ...more
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Virginia Madsen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Businessperson, Film Producer, Actor

Age: 57

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Virginia G. Madsen (born September 11, 1961) is an American actress and producer. She made her film debut in Class (1983), which was filmed in her native Chicago. She later moved to Los Angeles. ...more

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Walter Jacobson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Journalist, Newsreader, TV Journalist

Age: 81

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Walter David Jacobson (born July 28, 1937) is a former Chicago television news personality and a current Chicago radio news personality. He currently provides opinion segments for WGN Radio AM ...more