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1 Rahm Emanuel (1977) was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Illinois' 5th congressional district (2003–09), and is currently the White House Chief of Staff for President Barack Obama. </ref> 11586
2 Charlton Heston (1941) was an Academy Award-Winning actor (Ben-Hur, The Ten Commandments, Planet of the Apes), and president of the National Rifle Association (1998–2003). 5193
3 Rainn Wilson (1984) is an actor and comedian (Dwight Schrute on the television series The Office). 4925
4 Adam Baldwin (1980) is an actor best known for his work on television (Firefly, Chuck). </ref> 4856
5 Pete Wentz (attended), bassist for the band Fall Out Boy. 4614
6 Rock Hudson (1944) was an Academy Award-nominated actor (Giant, Pillow Talk, Come September), also (according to the New York Times) "remembered as the first star of his magnitude to go public with details of his battle with AIDS." 4289
7 Ann-Margret (1959) is an actress and singer (Viva Las Vegas, The Cincinnati Kid, Tommy, Grumpy Old Men). </ref> </ref> 3208
8 Virginia Madsen (1979) is an Academy Award-nominated actress (Candyman, Sideways). 2773
9 Donald Rumsfeld (1950) was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Illinois' 13th congressional district (1963–69), briefly served as White House Chief of Staff under Gerald Ford, and served as U.S. Secretary of Defense, (1975–1977, 2001–2006) under Gerald Ford and George W. Bush. 2758
10 Ari Emanuel is a talent agent, and founder of the Endeavor Agency. The brother of Rahm Emanuel, the character Ari Gold of HBO's Entourage is based on Emanuel. 2742
11 Clay Matthews (1974) is a former NFL linebacker (1978–93), playing most of his career for the Cleveland Browns. A four time All-Pro, he was the twelfth player selected in the 1978 NFL Draft. 2476
12 Liz Phair (1985) is a singer-songwriter and guitarist (Why Can't I?). 1948
13 John Stossel (1965) is an author and Emmy Award–winning investigative journalist for ABC News, long associated with the news program 20/20. 1304
14 Mark Kirk (1977) is a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Illinois' 10th congressional district (2001–present). Also the Republican nominee for the US Senate in 2010. 1279
15 Bruce Dern is an actor (The Great Gatsby, Black Sunday, Coming Home, ). 1247
16 Christie Hefner (1970) is the former CEO of Playboy Enterprises (1998–2009). </ref> 1110
17 Lili Taylor (1985) is an actress (Mystic Pizza, I Shot Andy Warhol). 1044
18 Hal Sparks (1988) is an actor and comedian (the host of Talk Soup (1999–2000), Michael Novotny on Queer as Folk). 997
19 Bruce Matthews (attended), pro football player (Houston Oilers-Tennessee Oilers-Tennessee Titans, 1983–2000), elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame {{cite web| url = 873
20 Edward Zwick (1970) is a film and television director (The Last Samurai, Glory, Courage Under Fire, Blood Diamond) and Academy Award winning producer (Shakespeare in Love). 858
21 Al Jourgensen (attended), musician 816
22 Mark Romanek (1977) is an award winning music video and film director, writer, and producer (One Hour Photo). 797
23 Joe Trohman (2002) is a guitarist for the band Fall Out Boy. </ref> </ref> 762
24 Mike Bloomfield (did not graduate) was a rock and blues guitarist who did solo work (It's Not Killing Me) after playing for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and The Electric Flag. </ref> 642
25 Bobbi Brown is a make-up artist, author, and founder of a line of cosmetics. 615
26 Betsy Randle is an actress (Amy Matthews on the television series Boy Meets World). 538
27 William Christopher is an actor (Father Mulcahy on the television series M*A*S*H). 532
28 Scott Turow (1966) is a lawyer and author (Presumed Innocent, The Burden of Proof, Personal Injuries). 519
29 Ralph Bellamy (1922) was a Tony Award and Academy Award-nominated actor (The Awful Truth, Sunrise at Campobello, Rosemary's Baby, Trading Places). 518
30 Christine Ebersole (1971) is a two time Tony Award-winning actress and singer (42nd Street, Grey Gardens). 513
31 Carlos Bernard (1980) is an actor (Tony Almeida on the television series 24). 492
32 Sarah Ruhl (1992) is a playwright (Eurydice, The Clean House). In 2006, she was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. 414
33 Archibald MacLeish (did not graduate) was a writer who twice won a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1933 & 1953), and received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1959 for his play J.B.. </ref> 383
34 Charlotte Ross is an actress, best known for her work on television (NYPD Blue, Days of our Lives). 347
35 James McNerney (1967) was the president of GE Lighting (1995–97), president of GE Aircraft Engines (1997–2000), president and CEO of 3M (2000–05), and is currently the CEO of Boeing (2005–present). 327
36 Liz Callaway (1978) is a Tony Award-nominated actress and singer (Baby, Miss Saigon). </ref> 321
37 Hugh O'Brian (did not graduate) is an actor known for his work on television (Wyatt Earp in The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp) and film (The Shootist). He is the founder of the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Foundation (HOBY). 297
38 Jack Steinberger (1938) is the co-discoverer of the muon neutrino, and co-recipient of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physics. He donated his Nobel medal to the New Trier science department. 251
39 James Eckhouse is an actor best known for his role on the television series Beverly Hills, 90210. 246
40 Laurie Dann (1976) was the perpetrator of a school shooting in Winnetka. 245
41 Mary Kate Schellhardt (1997), actress (What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Apollo 13). 213
42 Jim True-Frost (aka Jim True) (1984) is an actor (Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski on The Wire). 203
43 Charles Percy (1937) was a U.S. Senator (1967–1985). </ref> 201
44 Bruce Alberts (1956) is a biochemist, known for his work on chromosome replication. He was president of the National Academy of Sciences (1993–2005) and is currently editor in chief of the journal Science (2008–present). 187
45 Charlie Trotter (1977) is a chef, resteranteur, and author. His eponymous restaurant in Chicago is routinely ranked among the best restaurants in the United States. 187
46 Stephen Moore (1978) economist and journalist, Wall Street Journal Editorial Board; Contributing Editor, National Review. 170
47 Ivan Albright is a painter associated with magic realism. 146
48 Julia Allison (1999) is a media personality, journalist, and blogger. 143
49 Judy Biggert (1955) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Illinois' 13th congressional district (1999–present). 140
50 Matt Walker (1987) is a rock musician and former drummer for The Smashing Pumpkins. 137
51 Mary-Claire King (1963) is a geneticist. She led the team which first mapped a gene she had discovered, BRCA1, the first known gene linked to hereditary breast cancer. 133
52 Ann Hampton Callaway (1976) is a Tony Award-nominated singer and songwriter (Swing!). </ref> 124
53 Nancy Spero (1944) was an artist, best known for her works related to feminism. In 1950, New Trier was the site of her first solo art exhibition. 119
54 Walter Jacobson (1955) is an award-winning television news personality (1963–2006), spending most of his career at WBBM-TV and WFLD. 108
55 Rusty Schwimmer (1980) is an actress (The Perfect Storm, North Country, Twister, The Guardian). 106
56 Benjamin Nathaniel Smith was a white supremacist spree killer. </ref> 104
57 Lisa Darr (1981) is an actress (Laurie Manning on Ellen, ). 102
58 Mike Pyle (1957) is a former All-Pro NFL center (1961–69), playing his entire career for the Chicago Bears. 96
59 Geoffrey A. Landis (1973) is an engineer and Hugo and Nebula Award winning science fiction author. 93
60 Brad Will (1988) was an anarchist, activist, and documentary filmmaker who was killed in Mexico. 89
61 David Goldblatt (1977), jazz pianist, member of Mark Isham's studio band. 84
62 David Strassman, performer and ventriloquist 84
63 Anna Halprin (Ann Shuman)(1938), modern dancer}</ref> 83
64 Drew Lane, (Andrew M. Aldrich) radio personality at WRIF in Detroit, Michigan 78
65 Marshall Chess is a music executive and producer. The son of Chess Records co-founder Leonard Chess, he was an executive there before becoming the first president of Rolling Stones Records; producing several albums for The Rolling Stones. 76
66 John Moore (2009) was a National Hockey League 1st round draft pick by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. 75
67 Ian Punnett (1978), radio personality and writer 73
68 Sharon Percy Rockefeller was the First Lady of West Virginia (1977–85) and is currently the chief executive officer of WETA-TV. 69
69 John Castino (1973) is a former Major League Baseball infielder (1979–84), playing his entire career with the Minnesota Twins. He was the 1979 co-recipient of the American League Rookie of The Year Award. </ref> 54
70 Henry H. Neff (1991) is an author and illustrator. 54
71 Ann Compton (1965) is a television news reporter, spending most of her career with ABC News as their Washington or White House correspondent. 54
72 Stieg Hedlund (1983) is a video game designer (Diablo, Diablo II, StarCraft) 51
73 David H. Hoffman (1984) is a former federal prosecutor and was Chicago's inspector general. He was also a candidate for the Illinois seat in the U.S. Senate in 2010. 51
74 Nell Minow (1970) is a film critic and author in the field of corporate governance. 50
75 Charles F. Knight (1953) is a business executive, and chairman emeritus of Emerson Electric Co. 49
76 John Byrum (1965) is a film producer, director, and screenwriter (Duets). 49
77 Penelope Milford (1966) is an Academy Award nominated actress (Coming Home). 47
78 Douglas Conant is the president and CEO of Campbell Soup Company (2001–present). </ref> 46
79 Ben Braun (1971) is a men's collegiate basketball coach, coaching at Eastern Michigan University (1985–96), University of California, Berkeley (1996–2008) and Rice University (2008–present). 45
80 Rafael Sorkin (valedictorian 1963) is a physicist known for proposing the causal sets approach to quantum gravity. 40
81 Alan Goldsher (1984), novelist, ghostwriter 36
82 William Susman (1978) is a composer of concert and film music. 35
83 Chet Coppock (1966) is a sportscaster best known for his work on radio. 34
84 Jeffrey Price is a member of a screenwriting team with Peter S. Seaman (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Shrek the Third). 31
85 Chuck Mercein (1961) was an NFL running back (1965–70). He was a member of the Super Bowl II champion Green Bay Packers, and was a contributor to their victory in the Ice Bowl. {{cite news | url = 30
86 Sheldon Siegel (1976) is an attorney and bestselling author. 26
87 Jeff Harnar (1977) is a New York-based cabaret singer. 26
88 Michael Peskin (1969), physicist 26
89 Dewitt Jones is a photographer known for his twenty year association with the National Geographic Society. He also produced two short films which were nominated for Academy Awards in 1974 (Climb and John Muir's High Sierra). 26
90 The Ying Quartet is a string quartet started by three brothers and one sister: David (1981), Daniel (1985), Phillip (1986), and Janet (1988), all of whom are alumni. 24
91 Terence H. Winkless, producer, director, writer 24
92 Dave Samuels (1966) is a jazz vibraphonist who formerly played with Spyro Gyra and currently plays with The Caribbean Jazz Project. 24
93 Robert Jeangerard was a basketball player and member of the gold medal winning mens team at the 1956 Summer Olympics. 24
94 Mike Kelley (1985) is a television producer (Swingtown), writer (The O.C., Jericho). 21
95 Thomas Miller (1966) is a former U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina (1999–2001) and Greece (2001–04). 20
96 Chuck Lindstrom was a Major League Baseball catcher for one game with the Chicago White Sox in 1958, setting two all-time Major League records in the process. He later was a long time baseball coach at Lincoln College. 18
97 Mike Huff (1981) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder (1989, 91–1996). 17
98 Juliet Law Packer (1970), television writer, poet 14
99 Jack Riley was an NFL offensive tackle (1933). An All-American at Northwestern University, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988. After winning two NCAA heavyweight wrestling titles for Northwestern, he won a silver medal in freestyle wrestling at the 1932 Summer Olympics. 14
100 Fred Schmidt is a swimmer who won a gold and a bronze medal at the 1964 Summer Olympics. 13
101 Lauren Marcus (2003), actress 13
102 Pete Burnside (1948) was a Major League Baseball pitcher (1955, 57–1963). 13
103 Todd Golub (1981) cancer researcher, director of the Cancer program at the Broad Institute 13
104 Ross Baumgarten (1973) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher (1978–82) pitching most of his career for the Chicago White Sox. 12
105 Martin Rocek (1971) Physicist, State University of New York at Stony Brook 12
106 Elizabeth Brackett (1959) is a news correspondent (Chicago Tonight, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer). </ref> 12
107 Aaron Weinstein (2003) is a jazz violinist who has played with Bucky Pizzarelli and John Pizzarelli for many years. 10
108 Al Culver was an NFL tackle (1932). 9
109 Carol Ronen Former Illinois State Representative, State Senator and Current 9th CD Democratic State Central Committeewoman and Chicago 48th Ward Democratic Committeeman. 8
110 Ryan Zoghlin (1985) is an artist best known for his photography. 8
111 Denise Siegel photographer/visual artists & writer 6
112 Liesel Matthews (2002) is an actress (Air Force One) and heiress. < 5
113 Jane Stafford (1916) is a medical journalist who worked for Science Service (1928-1956) and the National Institutes of Health (1956-1971). < 5
114 Jack Ryan is a former candidate for U.S. Senate in Illinois. < 5
115 Alex Zoghlin (1988) is a computer scientist, co-inventor of the first web server, and founder of Orbitz, Sportsgear, Neoglyphics, G2 Switchworks and Neoventures. < 5


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