Our Alumni


Mercersburg Academy is proud of our 12,000+ alumni. They live and work in all 50 states and more than 90 countries. More than 160 have given their lives in the service of our country. Our alumni are stewards of our school and bearers of its legacy, leading the world in academia, the arts, athletics, business, the military, and other industries. Below is a snapshot of some of these alums.




Jimmy Stewart ’28

Academy Award winner (best actor, The Philadelphia Story)

Burton Richter ’48

Nobel Laureate in Physics (1976)

Dick Thornburgh ’50

Pennsylvania governor (1979–1987), United States attorney general (1988–1991)

Benicio Del Toro ’85

Academy Award winner, Golden Globe Award winner (best supporting actor, Traffic)

Rebecca Lowe ’99

NBC sportscaster, former ESPN UK and BBC sports journalist

Vincent Rey ’06

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker, NFL Man of the Year Award nominee

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


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


Walter Farley ’35 | Author of The Black Stallion series


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


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


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


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


Luke Ebbin '85 | Multi-platinum, five time Grammy-nominated record producer, composer and songwriter


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, Ready Player One, and Captain Marvel


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


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