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Notable Alumni

  • Active alumni population of 11,375 lives in all 50 states and 81 countries
  • Recent graduates are enrolled at 45 of the top 50 colleges and universities in the nation (as ranked by U.S. News and World Report)
  • 167 alumni gave their lives in the service of their country
  • 3 Medal of Honor recipients
  • 54 Olympians, 12 of whom are gold medalists
  • 7 Rhodes Scholars, numerous Fulbright Scholars, 1 Nobel Laureate, 2 Academy Award winners, 2 Golden Globe winners, and 1 Emmy Award winner

HERE ARE SOME OF OUR NOTABLE ALUMNI …


ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENTS
54 Olympians
12 Olympic Gold Medalists
7 Rhodes Scholars
3 Medal of Honor recipients
2 Academy Award winners
2 Golden Globe winners
2 Emmy Award winners
1 Nobel Laureate


Joel T. Boone ’09 |
Hahnemann Medical College; admiral in U.S. Navy; recipient of the Medal of Honor and Distinguished Service Cross and six Silver Stars

Ralph Talbot ’16
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Yale University; World War I flying ace; Medal of Honor recipient

Benjamin Mahoney ’18
| owner of Ryan Airlines and builder of Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis

James Stewart ’28
| Princeton University; Academy Award (best actor, The Philadelphia Story, 1941), Honorary Academy Award for 50 years of memorable performances and for his high ideals both on and off the screen

Eugene B. Fluckey ’30 | United States Naval Academy; U.S. Navy rear admiral; recipient of Medal of Honor and four Navy Crosses

Robert Weis ’37
| Yale University; former chairman, Weis Markets

Harry Hughes ’44
| University of Maryland, George Washington University; Governor of Maryland (1979–1987)

Burton Richter ’48 | Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1976

Alan Kennedy ’49
| Colgate University; president emeritus, Tupperware

H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest ’49
| Washington and Lee University, Columbia University; former owner of Suburban Cable (sold to Comcast in 2000), member of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Board of Trustees, chairman of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia

Richard "Dick" Thornburgh ’50 | Yale University, University of Pittsburgh; Pennsylvania governor (1979–1987), U.S. attorney general (1988–1991)

Nicholas Taubman ’53 | University of Pennsylvania, U.S. ambassador to Romania (2005-2008), founder and retired chairman, Advance Auto Parts

Richard Cass ’64 | Princeton University, Yale University; president, Baltimore Ravens

Dr. Walter Pae ’67 | DePauw University, Penn State University; inventor of transplant heart pump

James Perdue ’69 | Wake Forest University, University of Washington, Dartmouth College; chairman, Perdue Farms
James Snyder ’69 | Harvard University; director, The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, former deputy director of Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)

John Rich ’71 | University of Colorado; president, Waste Management Processing

Margaretta "Peggy" Northrop ’72 | University of California at Berkeley; editor-in-chief of Sunset magazine, former editor-in-chief of Reader’s Digest

John E. Jones III ’73 | Dickinson College, Dickinson School of Law; U.S. District Court Judge, made ruling on highly publicized 2005 court case concerning a school board policy in Dover, Pa., regarding evolution and intelligent design

Denise Dupré ’76 | Dartmouth College, Cornell University; former president of the Mercersburg Board of Regents, serves on the board of trustees for Dartmouth College, Charles River School, and The Fessenden School, adjunct professor at Harvard University, and author of industry textbook Hospitality World!

Mark Talbott ’78 | Trinity College, top-ranked professional squash player in the world (1983-1995), U.S. Squash Hall of Fame member, more than 175 professional titles, head men’s and women’s squash coach at Stanford University

William Davies ’79 | Cambridge University; Annie Award winner (animation’s highest honor), screenwriter of several films, including Flushed Away and Twins

Dr. Deirdre Marshall ’79 | Yale University, Stanford University; director of plastic and reconstructive surgery, Miami Children’s Hospital

Betsy Mitchell ’83 | University of Texas at Austin, Harvard School of Education;  Olympic gold medalist in the 400-meter medley relay at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games

Michael Davies ’85 | University of Edinburgh; Daytime Emmy for producing ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in 2000 and 2001; co-host of NBC Sports Network’s Men in Blazers

Benicio Del Toro ’85 | University of California, San Diego; 2000 Academy Award winner (best supporting actor, Traffic), Golden Globe/Screen Actors Guild Award winner, star of multiple major motion pictures

Shawn D. Meyers ’86 | Kenyon College, Villanova University; judge, Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas

Melvin Stewart ’88 | University of Tennessee; two-time Olympic gold medalist, 200-meter butterfly (Olympic record)/400-meter medley relay, bronze medalist, 800-meter freestyle relay, 1992 Barcelona Summer Games

Vanessa Branch ’90 | Middlebury College; actress in Pirates of the Caribbean films, Orbit Gum spokesperson

Rebecca Lowe ’99 | University of East Anglia; sportscaster for NBC, formerly with ESPN UK and the BBC

Josh Edgin ’06 | Francis Marion University, Ohio State University; pitcher, New York Mets (MLB)

Vincent Rey ’06 | Duke University; linebacker, Cincinnati Bengals (NFL)
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      Benecio del Toro '85

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      Jimmy Stewart '28, pictured in
      It's a Wonderful Life

Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 440 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $6 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center.
Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance to New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
300 East Seminary Street, Mercersburg PA 17236