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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 Peter Lewis Kingston "Pete" Wentz III, known professionally as Pete Wentz, is an American musician best known for being the bassist, primary lyricist and backing vocalist for the ...more

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Rock Hudson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Actor Rock Hudson was an American actor. Hudson is generally known for his turns as a leading man in the 1950s and 1960s. He achieved stardom with dramatic roles in films such as Magnificent Obsession ...more

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Hal Sparks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Comedian, Musician, Actor Hal Harry Magee Sparks III, known as Hal Sparks, is an American actor, comedian, musician and television personality. He is known for his contributions to VH1, hosting E!'s Talk Soup, and the ...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 Rainn Dietrich Wilson is an American actor who is well known for his Emmy-nominated role as the egomaniac Dwight Schrute on the American version of the television comedy The Office. He also ...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 Charlton Heston was an American actor and political activist. As a Hollywood star he appeared in 100 films over the course of 60 years. He played the leading role in The Ten Commandments; Touch ...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 Elizabeth Clark "Liz" Phair is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. She began her career in the early 1990s by self-releasing audio cassettes under the name Girly Sound, before ...more

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Hugh O'Brian is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Actor Hugh O'Brian is an American actor, known for his starring role in the 1955-1961 ABC western television series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.

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Lili Taylor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Actor Lili Anne Taylor is an American actress notable for her appearances in such award-winning indie films as Mystic Pizza, Say Anything..., Short Cuts and I Shot Andy Warhol, as well as the ...more

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John Stossel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Screenwriter John Frank Stossel is an American consumer television personality, author, and libertarian pundit. In October 2009, Stossel left his long-time employment at ABC News to join the Fox Business ...more

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Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Banker John Clemens "Jack" Ryan is a former investment banker and American politician who was a candidate in the 2004 U.S. Senate race in Illinois. In 2000, he retired as an active partner at ...more

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Charles H. Percy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Politician Charles Harting Percy was an American businessman and politician. He was president of the Bell & Howell Corporation from 1949 to 1964. In 1966, he was elected to the United States Senate ...more

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Ari Emanuel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Talent agent, Businessperson Ariel Zev "Ari" Emanuel is an American talent agent and co-CEO of William Morris Endeavor, an entertainment and media agency. He was a founding partner of the Endeavor Agency and was ...more

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William Christopher is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Actor William Christopher is an American actor who is best known for playing Father Mulcahy on the television series M*A*S*H and Private Lester Hummel on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

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Adam Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Actor, Voice acting Adam Baldwin is an American actor. He is known for starring in Full Metal Jacket as Animal Mother and in the television series Firefly and its continuation film Serenity as Jayne Cobb. His roles ...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 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 Mr. McNerney serves as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Boeing Company, effective July 1, 2005.

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Scott Turow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Scott Frederick Turow is an American author and lawyer. Turow has written nine fiction and two nonfiction books, which have been translated into over 40 languages and sold over 30 million ...more

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Rahm Emanuel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Politician, Strategist Rahm Israel Emanuel is an American politician who serves as the 55th Mayor of Chicago. A member of the Democratic Party, Emanuel was elected in 2011, becoming Chicago's first Jewish mayor. He ...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 Christie Hefner became the President of Playboy Enterprises, the company founded by her father Hugh Hefner, in 1982 and the Chairman and CEO in 1988. She was born in Chicago Illinois, in 1958, ...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 Donald Henry Rumsfeld is an American politician and businessman. Rumsfeld served as the 13th Secretary of Defense from 1975 to 1977 under President Gerald Ford, and as the 21st Secretary of ...more

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Penelope Trunk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Author, Writer 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 Joseph Mark "Joe" Trohman is an American musician, singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer. He is best known as the guitarist of the American rock band Fall Out Boy, as well ...more

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Brad Will is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Activist, Videographer, Journalist Bradley Roland Will was an American activist, videographer and amateur journalist. He was affiliated with Indymedia. On October 27, 2006 during a labor dispute in the Mexican city of Oaxaca, ...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 Virginia Madsen is an American film actress and producer. She made her film debut in Class, which was filmed in her native Chicago. She soon moved to Los Angeles, and was cast in a series of ...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 Walter Jacobson is an actor.

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Charlie Trotter is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Restaurateur, Author, Chef Charles "Charlie" Trotter was an American chef and restaurateur.

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Charlotte Ross is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Actor, Singer Charlotte Ross is an American actress, best known for her roles as Eve Donovan on the NBC daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives from 1987 to 1991, and Det. Connie McDowell on the ABC police drama ...more

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Christine Ebersole is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Actor, Singer Christine Ebersole is a two-time Tony Award winning American actress and singer. She previously co-starred on the TBS sitcom Sullivan & Son, where she played Carol Walsh.

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Jack Steinberger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Physicist Hans Jakob "Jack" Steinberger is a physicist currently residing near Geneva, Switzerland. He co-discovered the muon neutrino, along with Leon Lederman and Melvin Schwartz, for which ...more

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Mark Romanek is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Screenwriter, Music video director, Film Director Mark Romanek is an American filmmaker whose directing work includes feature films, music videos, and commercials. Romanek wrote and directed the 2002 film One Hour Photo and the 2010 film Never ...more

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Liesel Pritzker Simmons is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Actor Liesel Pritzker Simmons, stage name Liesel Matthews, is an American former child actress, heiress to the Hyatt Hotels fortune, and philanthropist. She starred as Sara Crewe in A Little Princess, ...more

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Betsy Randle is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Actor Betsy May Randle is an American actress best known for her role as Amy Matthews on Boy Meets World which lasted seven seasons. She grew up in the suburb of Glenview. She is a graduate of New ...more

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Nancy Spero is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Artist Nancy Spero was an American visual artist.

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Sarah Ruhl is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Author, Writer, Playwright Sarah Ruhl is an American playwright. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for a distinguished American playwright in ...more

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Sheldon Siegel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Novelist, Writer, Lawyer Sheldon Siegel is an American novelist and author best known for his works of modern legal drama. Sheldon Siegel is the New York Times best-selling author of seven critically acclaimed legal ...more

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Mark Kirk is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Politician Mark Steven Kirk is the junior United States Senator from Illinois and a member of the Republican Party. Previously, Kirk was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing ...more

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Jim True-Frost is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Actor Jim True-Frost is an American stage, television and screen actor. He is most known for his portrayal of Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski on all five seasons of the HBO program The Wire.

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Dean A. Pinkert is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Lawyer Dean Arthur Pinkert is an American trade lawyer.

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Judy Biggert is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Judith Borg "Judy" Biggert is the former U.S. Representative for Illinois's 13th congressional district, serving from 1999 to 2013. She is a member of the Republican Party. Biggert was ...more

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Kim Milford is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Singer-songwriter, Actor, Singer Richard Kim Milford, known professionally as Kim Milford, was an American actor, singer-songwriter, and composer. He is best known for his acting in musicals such as The Rocky Horror Show and ...more

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Ellen Spertus is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Computer scientist Ellen Spertus is a Professor of Computer Science at Mills College, Oakland, California, United States, and a senior research scientist at Google. Spertus grew up in Glencoe, Illinois, where she ...more

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Todd Golub is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Scientist, Author Todd R. Golub is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School, the Charles A. Dana Investigator in Human Cancer Genetics at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and a founding member of ...more

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Mike Verta is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Mike Verta Film Score Composer Mike Verta is a composer who married Danica McKellar of "The Wonder Years" in La Jolla, California on March 22, 2009.

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Scott Jaeck is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Actor Scott Jaeck is an American actor who was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 29, 1954. He attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, graduating in 1973. He attended the University ...more

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Martha Minow is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Professor, Law professor, Lawyer Martha Louise Minow is the Morgan and Helen Chu Professor of Law and the Dean of Harvard Law School. She has taught at Harvard Law School since 1981. Minow was one of the candidates mentioned to ...more

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Mike Pyle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
American football player Michael Johnson Pyle is a former American football center who played nine seasons between 1961 and 1969 for the Chicago Bears.

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Robert D. Reilly Jr is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Robert D. Reilly Jr Rear Admiral Robert D. Reilly Jr. was a United States Navy Surface Warfare Flag Officer who retired from active duty in January 2010 after 34-plus years of military service. His last assignment ...more

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David Strassman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
David Strassman David "Dave" Strassman is an American ventriloquist, stand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, and comedian. He is best known for his ventriloquism act with Chuck Wood and Ted E. Bare.

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Dick Price is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Dick Price Richard “Dick” Price was the co-founder of the Esalen Institute in 1962. Price was a veteran of the Beat Generation. He ran Esalen in Big Sur for many years, sometimes virtually single-handed. ...more

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Douglas Conant is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous New Trier High School Alumni
Douglas Conant is an American businessman who served as President and CEO of the Campbell Soup Company until July 31, 2011. Longtime protégé Denise Morrison, who worked for him at ...more