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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.
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.
Diahann Billings-Burford '90
, Chief Service Officer, New York City. Kenneth Duberstein ‘61
, White House chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan; political consultantSeth 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 '00,
Chief 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" MelmanJill 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
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.
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.
P.J. Hill '05, New Orleans Saints football team
Rich Kotite ‘61
Eric Olsen '06, Denver Broncos football team
, Former NFL player and coachJoakim 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