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List Rules People on this list must have gone to University of Idaho and be of some renown.

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

Sarah Palin and Mark Schlereth are included on this list along with many more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Idaho?” and “Which celebrities are University of Idaho alumni?”

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Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Spokesperson, Commentator, Basketball player Sarah Louise Palin is an American politician, commentator, and author who served as the ninth Governor of Alaska, from 2006 to her resignation in 2009. As the Republican Party nominee for Vice ...more

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Larry Craig is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Politician Larry Edwin Craig is a former Republican politician from the U.S. state of Idaho. He served 18 years in the U.S. Senate, preceded by 10 years in the U.S. House, representing Idaho's first ...more

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Philip Habib is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Philip Charles Habib was the most famous career diplomat in the world in the 1980s. He was best known for his work as Ronald Reagan's special envoy to the Middle East 1981–83. In that role he ...more

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Sharon Allen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Businessperson Sharon Allen is Chairman of the Board of Directors of DeloitteLLP. She was first elected in this position in 2003 and re-elected in 2007. Upon her election as board chairman, Allen became the ...more

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Daniel Smith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Daniel Smith American football player

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Kristin Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Coach, Athlete, Professional Road Racing Cyclist Kristin Armstrong is a professional road bicycle racer and two-time Olympic gold medalist, the winner of the women's individual time trial in 2008 and 2012. Before temporarily retiring to start ...more

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Dirk Kempthorne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Lobbyist Dirk Arthur Kempthorne is an American politician who was the United States Secretary of the Interior from 2006 to 2009, serving under President George W. Bush. A Republican, Kempthorne ...more

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James A. McClure is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Lawyer James Albertus "Jim" McClure was an American politician from the state of Idaho, most notably serving as a Republican in the U.S. Senate for three terms.

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Bill Sali is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Politician, Lawyer William Thomas "Bill" Sali is a former congressman from Idaho. A Republican, he served a single term in the United States House of Representatives, representing Idaho's 1st ...more

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E. E. Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Edward Elmer Smith PhD was an American food engineer and early science fiction author, best known for the Lensman and Skylark series. He is sometimes called the father of space opera.

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Tom Cable is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
American Football coach, American football player Thomas Lee "Tom" Cable, Jr. is an American football coach currently working as the offensive line and assistant head coach of the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He ...more

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James Risch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Politician, Lawyer James Elroy "Jim" Risch is a Republican politician, rancher, and attorney from Ada County, Idaho, currently serving as the junior United States Senator from Idaho. He previously served ...more

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David H. Leroy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Lawyer David H. Leroy is a Republican politician from Idaho active in the 1970s and 1980s. He served as the 36th Lieutenant Governor of Idaho between 1983 and 1987. Leroy was elected Attorney General ...more

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Mark Schlereth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Television Show Host, Actor, American football player Mark Frederick Schlereth is an American former professional football player and current television and radio sportscaster. Schlereth played guard in the NFL for 12 seasons with the Washington ...more

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Gary L. Bennett is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Physicist, Science writer, Engineer Gary L. Bennett is an American scientist and engineer, specializing in aerospace and energy. He has worked for NASA and the US Department of Energy on advanced space power systems and advanced ...more

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Herman Welker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Lawyer Herman Orville Welker was a politician from the state of Idaho. He was a member of the Idaho Republican Party and served one term in the United States Senate, from 1951 to 1957.

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F. Michael Burkett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Lawyer F. Michael "Mike" Burkett, Jr. is an attorney and Democratic politician from Idaho. Burkett is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and served in the United States Air ...more

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Jim D. Hansen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Lawyer James Duncan "Jim" Hansen is an American attorney, Ada County Highway District Commissioner and former Democratic politician from Idaho. He was the 2006 Democratic nominee for Congress ...more

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Leonard J. Arrington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Historian, Writer Leonard James Arrington was an American author, academic and the founder of the Mormon History Association. He is known as the "Dean of Mormon History" and "the Father of Mormon ...more

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Verne Duncan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Politician Verne A. Duncan is an American politician from the state of Oregon. As an educator and moderate Republican, he has become outspoken in protest of policies of his own party he views as extreme. A ...more

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Scott Linehan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Coach, American football player Scott Thomas Linehan is an American football coach, and currently serves as the play caller and offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys. He was previously the head coach of the St. Louis ...more

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Steve Symms is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Journalist Steven Douglas "Steve" Symms is a former Republican politician from the U.S. state of Idaho. He served as a four-term congressman and two-term U.S. Senator. He took conservative ...more

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Jake Scott is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Jake Scott American football player Jake Ross Scott is a former American football offensive guard. Scott was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL Draft, where he played his first four seasons, and ...more

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Dave Gallik is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Lawyer David B. "Dave" Gallik was a Democratic Party member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 79 from 2000 to 2008.

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David Loverne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
American football player David Dason Loverne is a former American football guard. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played college football at Idaho. Loverne was also a ...more

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Abe Goff is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Lawyer Abe McGregor Goff was an attorney and Republican politician from the U.S. state of Idaho, most notably as a one-term congressman from 1947 to 1949. He served in the U.S. Army in both world

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James F. Amos is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
James F. "Jim" Amos is a retired United States Marine Corps four-star general who last served as the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps from October 22, 2010 to October 17, 2014. As a ...more

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Jerod Killick is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Clinician, Writer, Photographer

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Terrel Bell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Politician Terrel Howard Bell was the Secretary of Education in the Cabinet of President Ronald Reagan.

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Phil Batt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Politician, Farmer Philip Eugene "Phil" Batt is an American politician with the Republican Party. He was the 29th Governor of Idaho, from 1995 to 1999.

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Reginald R. Myers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Reginald R. Myers Colonel Reginald Rodney Myers was a United States Marine Corps officer who received the Medal of Honor for his heroism in Korea as a major — for fearlessly leading 250 United Nations troops to ...more

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Lawrence H. Gipson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Historian, Author, Writer Lawrence Henry Gipson was an American historian, who won the 1950 Bancroft Prize and the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for History for volumes of his magnum opus, the fifteen-volume history of "The ...more

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John Friesz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
American football player John Melvin "Deep" Friesz is a former professional football player, a quarterback in the National Football League for four teams. Selected in the 1990 NFL Draft by the San Diego ...more

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Ray McDonald is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Ray McDonald American football player Ray Douglas McDonald was a professional football player, a running back in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins for two seasons, from 1967–68. McDonald was born in McKinney, ...more

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Wayne Walker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
American football player Wayne Harrison Walker is a former professional football player and sports broadcaster. He played in the NFL for fifteen seasons, from 1958 to 1972 for the Detroit Lions. A starter throughout his ...more

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Ken Schrom is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Ken Schrom Baseball player Kenneth Marvin "Ken" Schrom is a former major league baseball pitcher and current minor league executive. Selected in the 17th round of the 1976 MLB amateur draft by the California ...more

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David H. Bieter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Politician, Lawyer David Harold Bieter has served as mayor of Boise, Idaho since 2004. He is a Democrat though the office of mayor is officially nonpartisan.

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Richard Carey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
American football player Richard Andre Carey is a former American football defensive back in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills. He played college football at the University of Idaho.

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Yo Murphy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Yo Murphy American football player Llewellyn "Yo" Murphy is a former gridiron football player of multiple professional leagues. He is currently the co-owner of Performance Compound in Tampa, Florida and was married in ...more

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Doug Nussmeier is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Doug Nussmeier Coach, American football player Douglas Keith "Doug" Nussmeier is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the offensive coordinator at Florida under head coach Jim McElwain.

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Marvin Washington is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Marvin Washington American football player Marvin Washington is a former defensive end in the National Football League who played from 1989-1999. He played for the New York Jets, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Denver Broncos. He played ...more

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Spencer Folau is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Spencer Folau American football player Spencer Sione Folau is a former American football offensive lineman who played in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens 1997-2000, Miami Dolphins 2001, New Orleans Saints 2002-2004, and Washington ...more

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Mike Hollis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
American football player Michael Shane Hollis is a former professional American football placekicker. He spent most of his nine-year professional career playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football ...more

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Eric Yarber is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Coach, American football player Eric Lamone Yarber is a football coach, currently the wide receivers coach for the UCLA Bruins of the Pacific-12 Conference. Yarber played two seasons in the NFL as a wide receiver for the ...more

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Jerry Kramer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
American football player Gerald Louis "Jerry" Kramer is an American former professional football player, author and sports commentator, best remembered for his 11-year National Football League career with the ...more

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Jim Prestel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
American football player James Francis "Jim" Prestel is a former professional football player, a defensive lineman in the National Football League in the 1960s. Drafted in 1959 by the Cleveland Browns, he ...more

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Kenneth O. Hanson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Poet, Translator, Teacher Kenneth O. Hanson was an American teacher, translator, and poet.

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David Vobora is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
David Vobora American football player David Michael Vobora is a former American football linebacker. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams with the final pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, earning him the title of Mr. Irrelevant. He played ...more

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Adam Phillabaum is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni

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Joachim Olsen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Idaho Alumni
Politician, Athlete Joachim Brøchner Olsen is a Danish politician and former world class shot putter. He was elected to the Danish parliament at the 2011 election, representing the Liberal Alliance in the ...more