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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.