Celebrity Facts 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School  

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Many of the most powerful people in the world went to prep school. The children of wealthy parents - often "old money" and prep school alumni themselves - are often given the best opportunities in life, starting with top drawer education. This list of celebrities who went to prep school includes many of the more privileged actors, musicians, athletes, and politicians in the public sphere. 

What imagery does the term "prep school" bring to mind? These famous prep school alumni are sure to have worn trad uniforms in their days - khaki, OCBDs, and penny loafers. Far from the preppy fashionistas that flood the Internet these days, these celebrities are the real deal, with authentic battle scars and stories to prove it. After graduation, many have gone on to study at prestigious universities and, well, become famous.

Often private, exclusive, and expensive, college preparatory schools are designed to ready students for university & adult life. Students are shaped into well-rounded adults through challenging academics, competitive team and solo sports, and enriching extracurriculars like clubs and musical pursuits. 

Christian Slater is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Dalton School

Mindy Kaling is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Buckingham Browne & Nichols

James Cromwell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
The Hill School

Claire Danes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Dalton School, Lycée Français de Los Angeles

Clancy Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
St. Albans School

Whitney Cummings is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
St. Andrew's Episcopal School

Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Shattuck-St Mary's School

Jessica Biel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Lycée Français de Los Angeles

Benicio del Toro is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Mercersburg Academy

Ana Gasteyer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Sidwell Friends School

Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
La Lumiere School

Salma Hayek is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Academy of the Sacred Heart

Topher Grace is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Brewster Academy, Fay School

Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Kent School

Matthew Perry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Ashbury College

Lily Allen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Bedales School, Millfield

Gene Siskel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Culver Military Academy

Leelee Sobieski is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Lycée Français de Los Angeles

Jack Hanna is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
The Kiski School

Yeardley Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Maret School

Luke Wilson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
St. Mark's School of Texas

Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Lycée Français de Los Angeles

Jack Kerouac is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Horace Mann School

Liv Tyler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Waynflete School, York Preparatory School

Jim Rash is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Lawrenceville School

Jennifer Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
The Cambridge School of Weston

Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Choate Rosemary Hall, Foote School

Julianna Margulies is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
High Mowing School

Paul Thomas Anderson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Cushing Academy

Edie Sedgwick is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
St. Timothy's School

Ethan Hawke is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Hun School of Princeton

Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Headington School Oxford

Bill Nye is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Sidwell Friends School

Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Cushing Academy

Richard Ayoade is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
St Joseph's College Ipswich

Dana Delany is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Phillips Academy Andover

James Spader is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Phillips Academy Andover, Brooks School

Joely Richardson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
The Thacher School

James Van Der Beek is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Cheshire Academy

Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Sherborne School

Jennifer Grey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Dalton School

Chevy Chase is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Dalton School

Will Arnett is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Lakefield College School

Charlie Korsmo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Breck School

Steve Lemme is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Dalton School, Fountain Valley School of Colorado

Anderson Cooper is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Dalton School

Carol Grace is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Dalton School

Mary Stuart Masterson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Dalton School

Wallace Shawn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
The Putney School

Eric Schlosser is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Dalton School