Tovah Feldshuh (SHS 1966)

Tony nominee Actress (Broadway,TV & Film)

After attending Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Michigan, Tovah Feldshuh studied acting with Jacques LeCoq and Uta Hagen.  She made her professional debut at the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Cyrano de Bergerac and a year later in 1973 on Broadway in the same play.  In 1974, she received the Theatre World Award for her role in Yentl.

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Barbara Kopple (SHS 1964)

Oscar winning Director of "Harlan County, USA"

Barbara Kopple is one of the nation's most productive film directors/producers.  In 1977 she produced and directed Harlan County USA, winner of the 1977 Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary.  In 1991, Harlan County USA was named to the National Film Registry by Congress and designated an American Film Classic.  In that same year, Ms. Kopple received her second Academy Award for her non-fiction film, American Dream, on the economic decline of America's industrial heartland.  American Dream won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and Best Feature Documentary by the Director's Guild of America. 

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Nina Totenberg (SHS 1962)

National Public Radio commentator

A Boston University drop out, Nina Totenberg today is one of the most respected radio journalists in America.  She has been honored by the American Bar Association seven times.  In 1988 she won the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Silver Baton for her coverage of Supreme Court nominations.   Ten years later, the National Press Foundation honored her with its Excellence in Broadcasting Award.

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Jeffrey Hoffman (SHS 1962)

Astronaut, now lecturer at MIT

Jeffrey Hoffman was bound to be an astronaut.  As a small child he was captivated by the Hayden Planetarium in New York.  At Amherst College he received a BA degree summa cum laude in Astronomy.  His original research was in high-energy astrophysics.  His doctoral work at Harvard University was on the design, construction and flight of a gamma ray telescope.

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John Wallach (SHS 1960)

Founder of the Seeds of Peace organization 

John Wallach was a first-rate journalist.  In 1968, four years after graduating from Middlebury College, he became Foreign Editor of the Hearst Newspapers.  An expert on Arafat and the Middle East, he broke the story of the Iran-Contra scandal, and was frequently a panelist on Meet the Press, Washington Week in Review, Fox News and CNN.

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Richard Holbrooke (SHS 1958)

Former Ambassador to the United Nations

At Scarsdale High School, Richard Holbrooke was an active member of the Forum, debating world issues.  That same interest took him to Brown University and then, after graduating with a BA in 1962, into the U.S. Foreign Service.  There he was assigned to Vietnam where he served as the staff assistant to Maxwell Taylor and Henry Cabot Lodge.  In 1966 he returned to the U.S. where he was on the White House Vietnam staff of President Lyndon Johnson, was the junior member of the American delegation to the Paris peace talks, and wrote one volume of the Pentagon Papers.

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Harris Wofford (SHS 1944)

Former Senator from Pennsylvania

As a young student at Scarsdale High School, Wofford founded the Student Federalists, an organization dedicated to world peace.  He graduated from the University of Chicago and attended law school at Yale and Howard University.  After graduation, he served in the U.S.Army Air Force and then as an attorney for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

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George Mccracken (SHS 1954)


After graduating from Scarsdale High School, George McCracken matriculated at Williams College and Cornell University Medical College.  Following his residency and two years at the National Institute of Health, McCracken joined the pediatric faculty at the University of Texas.  With the exception of some visiting professorships, he has been there ever since.

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Gish Jen (SHS 1973)

Short Story Writer, Novelist

Gish Jen’s parents immigrated from Shanghai to New York in the 1940’s.  Jen was born in the U.S.A., grew up in Scarsdale, graduated from Harvard and spent a year at Stanford’s Business School.  Those experiences, particularly her years in Scarsdale, led her to reflect on the immigrant experience, ethnic identity and the American Dream. Jen remembers the struggle of her family to fit in to the culture of Scarsdale. 

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John Klineberg (SHS 1956)


John Klineberg was a very strong student at Scarsdale High School, and his classmates recognized his academic success by voting him “Best Looking.”  Four years at Princeton, where he majored in engineering, followed.   Klineberg earned a masters degree and, in 1968, a doctorate in Engineering and Applied Science from the California Institute of Technology.  The title of his dissertation was, “The theory of laminar viscous-inviscid interactions in supersonic flow.”

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