History & Traditions

Notable Alumni


12,363
 alumni living in all 50 states and more than 90 countries

167
 alumni gave their lives in the service of their country

54
 Olympians, 12 of whom are 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
    • 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 Boone ’09 | U.S. Navy admiral, White House physician under Presidents Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt, and recipient of Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, and six Silver Stars

Ralph Talbot ’16
|
World War I flying ace and Medal of Honor recipient

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

Jimmy Stewart ’28 | 1941 Academy Award recipient (best actor, The Philadelphia Story) and star of multiple major motion pictures including It’s a Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Rear Window, and Vertigo

Eugene Fluckey ’30 | U.S. Navy rear admiral; recipient of Medal of Honor and four Navy Crosses

Max Grumbacher 31 | Chairman, Bon-Ton department stores

John Payne ’32 | Actor best known for Miracle on 34th Street

Walter Farley ’35 | Author of The Black Stallion series

Joe L. Brown ’37 | General manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates

Robert Weis ’37
| Chairman of Weis Markets

Harry Hughes ’44
| Governor of Maryland (1979–1987)

Burton Richter ’48 | Nobel Laureate in Physics (1976)

León Febres Cordero ’49 | President of Ecuador

Alan Kennedy ’49
| President of Tupperware

H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest ’49
| Philanthropist and media entrepreneur

Dick Thornburgh ’50 | Pennsylvania governor (1979–1987) and U.S. attorney general (1988–1991)

Nicholas Taubman ’53 | Founder of Advance Auto Parts and U.S. ambassador to Romania (2005–2008)

Tim Grumbacher 57 | Chief executive officer, Bon-Ton department stores

Dick Cass ’64 | President of Baltimore Ravens

Dr. Walter Pae ’67 | Inventor of transplant heart pump

Tony Trenga ’67 | U.S. District Court judge

Jim Perdue ’69 | Chairman of Perdue Farms

James Snyder ’69 | Director of the Israel Museum and deputy director of the Museum of Modern Art

R.F. Laird ’70 | Author of The Boomer Bible

John Rich ’71 | President of Waste Management Processing

Peggy Northrop ’72 | Editor-in-chief of Reader’s Digest and Sunset magazine

John Jones III ’73 | U.S. District Court judge

Deborah Simon ’74 | Philanthropist and chair of the Simon Youth Foundation

Denise Dupré ’76 | Adjunct professor at Harvard University and author of industry textbook Hospitality World!

Jim Irsay ’78 | Owner of Indianapolis Colts

Mark Talbott ’78 | Top-ranked professional squash player in the world (1983-1995), U.S. Squash Hall of Fame member, and head squash coach at Stanford University

Ann Blair ’79 | Historian, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History at Harvard University, and MacArthur Fellows Program recipient

William Davies ’79 | Annie Award winner and screenwriter of several films, including Flushed Away and Twins

Dr. Deirdre Marshall ’79 | Director of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Miami Children’s Hospital

Betsy Mitchell ’83 | Three-time Olympic medalist (one gold, two silver) in swimming and director of athletics at California Institute of Technology

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

Benicio Del Toro ’85 | 2000 Academy Award winner (best supporting actor, Traffic), Golden Globe/Screen Actors Guild Award winner, and star of multiple major motion pictures including The Usual Suspects and Sicario

Sean Kanan ’85 | Actor in The Karate Kid III, General Hospital, and The Bold and the Beautiful

Ben Mendelsohn ’86 | Actor in Bloodline, The Dark Knight Rises, Mississippi Grind, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Darkest Hour, and Captain Marvel

Melvin Stewart ’88 | Three-time Olympic medalist (two gold, one bronze) in swimming

Vanessa Branch ’90 | Actress in Pirates of the Caribbean films and numerous television shows

Eddie Kang ’99 | Artist and fashion/accessories designer

Rebecca Lowe ’99 | NBC sportscaster, formerly with ESPN UK and the BBC

Josh Edgin ’06 | Major League Baseball pitcher

Vincent Rey ’06 | National Football League linebacker and NFL Man of the Year Award nominee

Steven Zhang ’11 | Chairman of Inter Milan soccer club

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
717-328-6173