History & Traditions

Notable Alumni

 alumni living in all 50 states and more than 90 countries

 alumni gave their lives in the service of their country

 Olympians, 12 of whom are gold medalists

Rhodes Scholars

Medal of Honor recipients

 Academy Award winners

 Golden Globe winners

 Emmy Award winners

Nobel Laureate
    • Benicio Del Toro ’85

      Benicio Del Toro ’85

    • Jimmy Stewart ’28

      Jimmy Stewart ’28

Class of ’32 Recipients

The Class of '32 Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honor the school bestows and is given to an alum who has most distinguished himself or herself through character, service, and achievement.
* deceased

Some of Our Notable Alumni …

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
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, 1940), 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

John Payne ’32 | Columbia University, The Juilliard School; actor best known for Miracle on 34th Street

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), prolific philanthropist and media entrepreneur

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 of Advance Auto Parts, president emeritus of Mercersburg’s Board of Regents

Richard “Dick” 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 emeritus, 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; former editor-in-chief of Reader’s Digest and Sunset magazine

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

Deborah Simon ’74 | University of Southern California; philanthropist and chair of the Simon Youth Foundation; president of Mercersburg’s Board of Regents

Denise Dupré ’76 | Dartmouth College, Cornell University; president emeritus of Mercersburg’s 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; director of athletics, California Institute of Technology

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

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, Baltimore Orioles (MLB)

Vincent Rey ’06 | Duke University; Cincinnati Bengals linebacker, NFL Man of the Year Award nominee
Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 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 of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
100 Academy Drive, Mercersburg, PA 17236
GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236