List of Boston Latin School alumni

A photograph of the entrance to a building displaying three stories of windows, a four-column portico, and a sign reading "BOSTON LATIN SCHOOL".
The front entrance to Boston Latin School on Avenue Louis Pasteur

Boston Latin School is a public exam school located in Boston, Massachusetts, that was founded in 1635. It is the first public school and the oldest existing school in the United States.[1][2][3]

The school's first class included nine students; the school now has 2,400 pupils drawn from all parts of Boston. Its graduates have included four Harvard presidents, eight Massachusetts state governors, and five signers of the United States Declaration of Independence, as well as several preeminent architects, a leading art historian, a notable naturalist and the conductors of the New York Philharmonic and Boston Pops orchestras. There are also several notable non-graduate alumni, including Louis Farrakhan, a leader of the Nation of Islam. Boston Latin admitted only male students at its founding in 1635. The school's first female student was admitted in the nineteenth century. In 1972, Boston Latin admitted its first co-educational class.[citation needed]

Admission is determined by a combination of a student's score on the independent school Entrance Examination and recent grades, and is limited to residents of the city of Boston.[4] Although Boston Latin runs from the 7th through the 12th grade, it admits students only into the 7th and 9th grades. In 2007, the school was named one of the top twenty high schools in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.[2][5]


Graduate alumniEdit

Image Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Edwin Hale Abbot 1854 Lawyer, railroad executive [6]
Charles Francis Adams, Sr. 1819 U.S. Congressman, Ambassador to Great Britain [7]
Charles Francis Adams, Jr. [a] Union Army General [8]
Samuel Adams 1729 Governor of Massachusetts, Boston Tea Party organizer [9]
Ed Ames [a] Popular singer, actor [10]
James Barnes [a] Union Army general [11]
John L. Bates 1819 Governor of Massachusetts [12]
Henry Ward Beecher 1826 Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, abolitionist, speaker [9]
Jonathan Belcher 1689 Colonial governor of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey [8]
Bernard Berenson [a] Art historian [8]
Thomas Bernard 1763 Colonial governor of Maryland [13]
Leonard Bernstein 1935 Conductor, composer, author, music lecturer, pianist [9]
Edwin Blashfield 1861 Artist [13][14]
James Bowdoin 1734 Governor of Massachusetts [9]
Thomas Mayo Brewer 1826 Naturalist [13]
Phillips Brooks 1846 Bishop of Massachusetts in the Episcopal Church [9]
Robert A. Brooks 1949 Telecommunications pioneer [15]
Raymond Bartlett Stevens [a] U.S. Congressman from New Hampshire [16][17]
Charles Bulfinch 1770 Architect of the U.S. Capitol [9]
Thomas Bulfinch [a] Mythologist, banker [8]
Francis James Child 1840 Scholar, educationist, folklorist [9]
James Freeman Clarke 1821 Preacher, author [13]
Richard A. Clarke 1968 Chief counter-terrorism adviser on the U.S. National Security Council [18]
Marshall Cogan 1955 Investor, banker, entrepreneur; founder of United Automotive Group and investment banking firm Cogan, Berlind, Weill & Levitt [19]
Cid Corman [a] Poet, translator, editor [20]
Thomas Cushing 1740 Acting Governor of Massachusetts [13]
Timothy Cutler 1690 Episcopal clergyman and rector of Yale College [13]
Francis Dana 1751 Lawyer, jurist, statesman, delegate to the Continental Congress [13]
Charles Henry Davis 1815 Rear Admiral in the United States Navy [13]
Charles Devens 1829 Lawyer, jurist, statesman, Union Army general [9]
Paul A. Dever 1918 Governor of Massachusetts [21]
Edward Payson Dutton 1844 Book publisher [22]
Charles William Eliot 1844 President of Harvard University [9][22]
Samuel Atkins Eliot 1809 U.S. Congressman, Mayor of Boston [13]
Christine Elise McCarthy 1983 Film and television actress [23]
Ralph Waldo Emerson 1817 Essayist, philosopher, poet, orator, leader of the Transcendentalist movement [9]
William Eustis 1761 Governor of Massachusetts, United States Secretary of War [24]
William Maxwell Evarts 1828 United States Attorney General, Secretary of State [9]
Edward Everett 1805 Governor of Massachusetts, U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Senator [9]
William Everett 1852 U.S. Congressman [13]
Aaron Feuerstein 1943 Owner and CEO of Malden Mills [18]
Arthur Fiedler 1907 Conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra [9]
Thomas Finneran 1967 Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives [25]
John F. Fitzgerald 1880 Mayor of Boston, U.S. Congressman [21]
John Bernard Fitzpatrick 1826 Roman Catholic Bishop of Boston [9]
James Freeman 1766 Unitarian clergyman and writer [13]
James A. Gallivan 1884 U.S. Congressman [26]
Dave Gettleman 1968 General manager of the New York Giants [27]
Christopher Gore 1765 Governor of Massachusetts, U.S. Senator [9]
Nathaniel Gorham 1746 President of the Continental Congress, signer of the United States Constitution [13]
Mike Gorman 1965 Television play-by-play commentator for the Boston Celtics [28]
Benjamin A. Gould 1835 Astronomer [13]
Robert Grant [a] Novelist, probate court judge [29][30]
John Chipman Gray [a] Harvard Law School professor [31]
Adolphus W. Green 1859 Attorney, businessman, founder of Nabisco [32]
Richard Saltonstall Greenough 1829 Sculptor [13]
Edward Everett Hale 1831 Author, Unitarian clergyman [9]
Franklin Elmer Ellsworth Hamilton 1883 Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church [33]
John Hancock 1745 Merchant, President of the Second Continental Congress, first Governor of Massachusetts [9]
Nat Hentoff 1941 Historian, novelist, jazz critic, columnist, civil libertarian [18]
Henry Lee Higginson 1846 Businessman, philanthropist, founder of the Boston Symphony Orchestra [9]
William Hooper 1749 Member of the Continental Congress, signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence [9]
Samuel Gridley Howe [a] Physician, abolitionist, advocate of education for the blind [8]
Leavitt Hunt 1839 Attorney, photography pioneer, brother of Richard Morris Hunt [13]
Richard Morris Hunt 1843 Architect, founder of the American Institute of Architects and the Municipal Art Society [34]
Thomas Hutchinson 1716 Colonial Governor of Massachusetts [8]
Charles Jackson 1784 Jurist, judge of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court [8]
Joseph Kennedy 1908 Businessman, U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, first Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission [9]
John King 1981 Journalist, reporter [35]
Henry Knox 1758 Bookseller, chief artillery officer of the Continental Army, first U.S. Secretary of War [9]
Yehuda Krinsky [a] Chabad Lubavitch Hasidic rabbi [36]
Samuel Pierpoint Langley 1845 Astronomer, physicist, inventor of the bolometer, pioneer of aviation [9]
Philip J. Landrigan 1959 Epidemiologist, pediatrician [37]
Samuel Langdon 1734 US Congregational clergyman, President of Harvard University [9]
William L. Langer 1912 chairman of the history department at Harvard University, head of the Research and Analysis branch of the Office of Strategic Services [18]
Norman B. Leventhal 1933 Developer and manager of office buildings, housing, and hotels [38]
Joseph R. Levenson 1937 University of California, Berkeley Historian of China [39]
John Leverett the Younger 1669 President of Harvard College [9]
Howard Lindsay 1907 Broadway producer, playwright, librettist, director, actor [8]
James Lloyd 1776 U.S. Senator [13]
Edward Lawrence Logan 1894 Militia officer, jurist; namesake of Logan International Airport [40]
James Lovell 1744 Educator, delegate to the Continental Congress [13]
Augustus Lowell [a] Businessman, philanthropist [41]
Burton Malkiel 1949 Economist, author of A Random Walk Down Wall Street [42]
Charles F. Manski 1966 Econometrician [43]
Jonathan Mason 1774 U.S. Senator [13]
Cotton Mather 1669 New England Puritan minister, author, pamphleteer [9]
Wade McCree, Jr. 1937 First African American judge appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit; second African American solicitor general [9]
Robert F. McDermott 1955 Brigadier General; first permanent Dean of the Faculty at the United States Air Force Academy; Chairman and CEO of USAA [18]
Martin Milmore 1859 Sculptor [9]
Alfred Moore 1763 Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court [13]
Perez Morton 1760 Lawyer; Patriot during the Revolution [13]
Hosea Ballou Morse 1866 Sinologist, Chinese Maritime Customs Service [13]
John Lothrop Motley 1824 Historian [9]
Barry Newman 1948 Actor [44]
Jack O'Callahan 1975 Professional ice hockey player and member of the 1980 Winter Olympics United States national team [45]
David Ochterlony 1766 British general [13][46]
Harrison Gray Otis 1773 Federalist party leader, U.S. Senator, Mayor of Boston [13]
Andrew Oliver 1713 Merchant, public official [13]
Isaac Parker 1777 U.S. Congressman [13]
William Parmenter 1800 U.S. Congressman [13]
Robert Treat Paine 1738 Signer of the Declaration of Independence, speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives [9]
William Dandridge Peck 1771 America's first native entomologist, professor at Harvard College [13]
Wendell Phillips 1822 Abolitionist, advocate for Native Americans, orator [9]
Edward Charles Pickering 1857 Astronomer, physicist [9]
William Dummer Powell 1762 Lawyer, judge, political figure in Upper Canada [13]

J. Pickering Putnam 1860 Architect and designer [13]

Josiah Quincy II 1754 Lawyer [9]
Sumner Redstone 1940 Majority owner and Chairman of the Board of National Amusements; majority owner of CBS Corporation, Viacom, MTV Networks, BET, Paramount Pictures, and DreamWorks [18]
Vivian Rich 1911 Silent film actress [47]
Stan Salett 1955 National Education Policy Advisor (an architect of Upward Bound, Head Start); Civil Rights Organizer; Author [48]


George Sanderson Pennsylvania State Senator and 10th mayor of Lancaster, Pennsylvania [49]
George Santayana 1878 Philosopher, essayist, poet, novelist [9]
Winthrop Sargent [a] Secretary of Northwest Territory, Governor of Mississippi Territory [8][50]
Benjamin I. Schwartz 1934 Harvard University historian of China [51]

Roger Hale Sheaffe 1770 American-born General in the British Army [13]
Nathaniel B. Shurtleff 1822 Twentieth mayor of Boston [13]
Samuel Francis Smith 1828 Baptist minister, journalist, author, wrote lyrics of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" [9]
Guy L. Steele, Jr. 1972 Computer scientist [52]
Julian Steele 1925 Social worker and activist, Massachusetts' first African American town moderator, state agency head [53]

Moorfield Storey [a] Lawyer, publicist, and civil rights leader [54]

William Stoughton [a] Judge during Salem Witch Trials; Acting Colonial Governor of Massachusetts [8]
Charles Sumner 1821 U.S. Senator, leader of the Radical Republicans [9]
Joseph Henry Thayer 1842 Biblical scholar [13]
Edward Tuckerman 1827 Botanist, professor [13]
Frederic Tudor 1793 Founder of the Tudor Ice Company [13]
Edward D. Townsend [a] Adjutant General of the United States Army, 1869–1880 [55]
William Tudor 1758 Lawyer [13]
Isadore Twersky [a] Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy at Harvard University [56]
Royall Tyler 1765 Jurist, playwright [13]

Henry Van Brunt 1844 Architect, architectural writer [13]

Andrew Viterbi 1952 Electrical engineer, philanthropist [18]
John Collins Warren 1786 Surgeon, pioneer of ether anesthesia [9]

Clifton Reginald Wharton, Jr. 1943 Economist, first African-American university president and chairman of a Fortune 100 corporation,[57][58][59][60][61] United States Deputy Secretary of State [18]
Helen Magill White [a] First woman in the United States to earn a PhD [62]
Theodore White 1932 Political journalist, historian, novelist [18]
Robert Charles Winthrop 1821 Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, U.S. Senator [9]
John Joseph Wright 1927 Prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy [18]
Daniel Yankelovich 1942 Public opinion analyst, social scientist [18]

a 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "—" indicates the year of graduation is unknown.

Non-graduate alumniEdit

Image Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Walter A. Brown Original owner of the Boston Celtics [63]
Louis Farrakhan National Representative of the Nation of Islam and Elijah Muhammad [64]
Torin Francis Professional basketball player [65]
Benjamin Franklin Founding Father of the United States of America, polymath, author, printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, diplomat [66]
Mike Sherman Head coach of the Texas A&M Aggies football team [67]

Abraham Captain Ratshesky ("Cap"). At age 14, he left Boston Latin School to work with his father. In 1895, he and his brother founded the U.S. Trust Company and was one of the founding members of Beth Israel Hospital.[68] He donated a building in Boston to the American Red Cross, and was founder of the "Pennies Campaign" in 1925 where school children throughout the country raised money to restore the U.S.S. Constitution ("Old Ironsides"). In 1917, Ratshesky organized and financed relief efforts for the Halifax Explosion which killed over 2,000 Haligonians when an ammunition ship exploded in Halifax Harbour. The work of Ratshesky and his colleagues inspired the annual gift of the Christmas tree each year from Nova Scotia.[69]


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