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Founded in 1854
, Poly has successfully graduated generations of students who have become some of the nation’s leading entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, athletes, teachers, public servants, parents, and community members—among many other vital roles and professions.

(Click here for profiles of some of Poly's outstanding alumni.) 

Long after obtaining their degrees, our alumni continue to share friendship, support, and the Poly experience with their fellow graduates.

What they learn about "mind, body, and character" at Poly has helped to prepare them for success in college and later, in their chosen fields.

Below, please find a partial list of some of Poly's alumni, young and old, who are making—or have made—a difference in the world.
Poly Alumni in Public Service

Katherine Zinnser '01,
P.hD in Clinical Psychology; works in public policy at Chicago state level in addition to being at the forefront in research of early childhood education and psychology.

Malcolm Bell '49
, former Assistant Special Prosecutor for the 1971 riots at Attica State Prison in Buffalo, New York; author of Turkey Shoot: Tracking the Attica Cover-Up; Board member of VAMOS!, an organization dedicated to alleviating Mexican poverty.

Marc Brownstein ‘91, Musician (The Disco Biscuits), co-chair and founder of voter registration group HeadCount.

Diahann Billings-Burford '90, Chief Service Officer, New York City.

Kenneth Duberstein ‘61, White House chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan; political consultant

Seth Low 1866, Mayor of Brooklyn, President of Columbia University, Mayor of New York City

Robert B. Oxnam '60
, China scholar, author and president of The Asia Society from 1981-92, America's leading public education institution on all aspects of the Asia/Pacific region.

Dominic Williams '00Chief of Staff to Deputy Mayor Shorris in Mayor Elect Bill de Blasio's leadership team. 

Rob Brown ‘02
, Actor ("Finding Forrester," "Coach Carter" and "Tremé")

Liz Feldman '95, TV Writer, Producer, and Actor; Creator of NBC hit sitcom, One Big Happy 

Calvert DeForest ‘40
, Actor and comedian best known for work on the David Letterman Show as Larry "Bud" Melman

Jill Sigman '85, Dancer and Choreographer (thinkdance) work has appeared internationally and reviewed numerously in The New York Times

Dan Fogler ‘94
, Actor and Tony Award-winner for 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Howard Levy ‘69
, Musician and Grammy Award-winner (with Bela Fleck and The Flecktones)

Joseph McElroy ‘47
, Novelist, author of Actress in the House, A Smuggler's Bible, and Women and Men

Stephen Mitchell '60, Novelist, poet, and translator

Richard Perry ‘60, Grammy Award-winning record producer

Glen Roven '75
, Emmy Award-winning composer and musician

Bonnie Somerville ‘91
, Actress ("Friends", "The O.C". and "Cashmere Mafia")

Bob Telson ‘66
, Composer (The Gospel at Colonus)

Dr. Saul Brusilow '45, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Medical School and former director of the Division of Metabolic Diseases, the Division of Pediatric Nephrology, and the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. Joseph L Wright '75, Senior Vice President and head of the Child Health Advocacy Institute at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.
Poly Alumni in Business and Law

Nia Froome '11, Young Entrepreneur and Owner of Mamma Nia's Vegan Bakery

John A. Artise '65, Senior Account Executive and Executive Coach with the Ayers Group, an international human capital consulting firm headquartered in New York City, and author of Hiring With Confidence, Getting Hired: How To Get The Interview, How To Get The Job, and How To Make Training Work.

Arthur Levitt ‘48
, Chairman, United States Securities and Exchange Commission, 1993-2001; Chairman, American Stock Exchange, 1978-1989

Bob Maresca ‘73, President, Bose Corporation

Dan Getelman '08, Young tech entrepreneur and leading software developer; Launched several apps, such as Lore and Transitmix.

Stewart Rahr '63, President, CEO, and owner of Kinray, the largest pharmaceutical distributor in the world.

Alfred P. Sloan Jr., President, Chairman and CEO of General Motors Corp.

Jeff Rothberg ‘01, President and CEO of Unnecessary Clothing
Poly Alumni in Media

Robert Briskman ‘50, Co-founder, SIRIUS Satellite Radio

Ken Dashow ’76, radio personality

Poly Alumni in Athletics

P.J. Hill '05, New Orleans Saints football team

Rich Kotite ‘61, Former NFL player and coach

Joakim Noah '03, NBA Basketball player for Chicago Bulls, 2014-15 Winner of Walter KennedyCitizenship Award

Charles E. Marsters ‘02
, early player and proponent of Lacrosse, National Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee

Eric Olsen '06, Denver Broncos football team