From astronauts to musicians, Long Island high schools have produced some rather notable alumni through the years....
From astronauts to musicians, Long Island high schools have produced some rather notable alumni through the years.
Brian Myers, better known as WWE Superstar Curt Hawkins, graduated from Glen Cove High School in 2003 and founded Create A Pro Wrestling Academy in Hicksville in 2014.
Wally Szczerbiak, a 1995 Cold Spring Harbor High School graduate, currently works as a sports broadcaster, but spent 10 years (1999-2009) playing professional basketball with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Sal Valentinetti showed off his soulful voice and big personality in the 11th season of "America's Got Talent." He made it to the final rounds of the rigorous competition, ultimately earning fifth place. Since then, Valentinetti has returned to Long Island to perform at The Paramount in Huntington, and recently dropped his debut album. The Bethpage native graduated from Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in 2013.
Writer and producer Alan Zweibel is best known as a former writer for the NBC Networks sketch show "Saturday Night Live;" he won a Tony Award (2005) and three Emmy Awards. Zweibel graduated from George W. Hewlett High School in 1968.
Comedian, writer, producer and actress Carol Leifer, is a Long Island native, growing up in East Williston. Best-recognized for her stand-up comedy, she attended The Wheatley School, graduating in 1974.
Tobias Harris graduated from Half Hollow Hills West High School in 2010 (he also spent a year at Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School), and in his senior year he was named Newsday's boys basketball player of the year. Harris went on to play professional basketball, playing with the Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic and (currently) the Detroit Pistons.
Lorraine Bracco graduated in 1972 from Hicksville High School. Bracco is best known for her roles in "Goodfellas," where she received an Oscar nomination and the HBO series "The Sopranos."
Ben Cohen, left, and Jerry Greenfield, both graduated from Sanford H. Calhoun High School in 1969. The two went into business and formed the frozen dessert company Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., better known as simply Ben & Jerry's.
Tony Danza, who was known as Anthony Iadanza when he graduated from Malverne High School in 1968, is a well known actor. He had roles on "Taxi" and "Who's the Boss?" as well as his own comedy series "The Tony Danza Show."
Actress Lori Loughlin graduated from Hauppauge High School in 1983. Loughlin is best known for staring as Becky in the television series "Full House."
Billy Crystal graduated from Long Beach High School in 1965 and is now a well known comedian and actor. Crystal has had roles on "Saturday Night Live," "When Harry Met Sally," and even Disney's "Monsters Inc."
Elisa Donovan, widely recognized for her role as Amber in the 1995 film "Clueless" and its network TV adaptation, graduated from Northport High School in 1989.
While attending East Meadow High School, 1978 graduate Frank Viola was captain of the varsity baseball team. As a pitcher, he tied the school's record for most strikeouts in a single game. Viola went on to play for the Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds and Toronto Blue Jays through the 1980s and 1990s. During his time with the Twins, he earned the Cy Young Award and helped the team win the World Series in 1987, earning MVP honors in the process.
While attending Seaford High School, 1963 graduate Jim Valvano was a leader on and off the field. He served as captain of the football team, and vice president and president of Student Council during his junior and senior years, respectively. In his yearbook, he expressed his ambition to be a teacher. He did just that, giving his players lessons on perseverance that helped ignite a magical 1983 national championship run as head coach of the N.C. State Wolfpack -- aka the "Cardiac Kids." But Valvano's biggest legacy was his fight against cancer. He died in 1993, but not before helping to found the V Foundation, which has since raised more than $100 million for cancer research.
Long Beach High School 1958 graduate Larry Brown was captain of the basketball team, chairman of Big Brothers and co-chairman of the welcoming committee. He also played football and baseball, ran track, belonged to the varsity club and served in student government. He went on to become the only coach to win both an NCAA championship (with Kansas in 1988) and the NBA (with Detroit in 2004).
Dee Snider, Baldwin High School 1973 graduate, was known then as "Daniel" or "Danny." He's most famous for being the front man of the heavy metal band Twisted Sister, which became popular in the late 1970s and '80s. He has also ventured into radio, reality TV, movies, theater, books and charitable endeavors.
Stephen Baldwin graduated from Alfred G. Berner High School in 1984 and performed on stage as a member of the drama club, chamber singers and a cappella choir. The actor and "Celebrity Apprentice" alum's movie resumé includes "The Usual Suspects," "Bio-Dome" and "Viva Rock Vegas."
Actor D.B. Sweeney, best known for his portrayals of baseball legend "Shoeless" Joe Jackson in "Eight Men Out" and hockey player turned figure skater Doug Dorsey in "The Cutting Edge," graduated from Shoreham-Wading River High School in 1979.
Toronto Blues Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman graduated from Patchogue-Medford High School in 2009.
Alec Baldwin graduated from Alfred G. Berner High School in 1976 and is a Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning actor who is best known for his roles in "Beetlejuice," "The Departed" and the television series "30 Rock."
Three-time WWE champion and WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley stands in the Ward Melville High School gymnasium in Setauket and recalls his athletic career on March 18, 2013. Foley graduated from the school in 1983.
Crystal Dunn was a member of the U.S. women's soccer team for the 2016 Summer Olympics, and was also a part of the U.S. national team that won the FIFA U-20 World Cup. But before all that, she graduated from South Side High School in 2009, a year in which she won New York State Gatorade High School Player of the Year and was Newsday's Player of the Year.
Allie Long, who graduated from Northport High School in 2005, made the U.S. women's soccer team for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Alfred G. Berner High School graduate Daniel Baldwin (1979) performed with the drama club, but also was a member of several sports teams before joining the "Baldwin Brother" family acting business.
Comedian and actor Paul Scheer has appeared in several films (including "Daddy's Home," "Meet Dave" and "School for Scoundrels") and TV shows (such as "Fresh Off the Boat," "Whitney," "Bob's Burgers" and "NTSF:SD:SUV::"). He's a Huntington native who graduated from St. Anthony's High School in 1994.
Actor Dan Lauria is best known as Jack Arnold, the dad on the ABC network program "The Wonder Years," but has also appeared in several other TV shows (such as "Grey's Anatomy," "Growing Pains" and "Blue Bloods") and films (including "Independence Day," "Stakeout" and "Big Momma's House 2"). Dan graduated from Lindenhurst High School in 1965, where he also coached the wrestling and football teams for some time.
Actor Chris Messina, right, with Mindy Kaling, in a scene from the Hulu on-demand service show "The Mindy Project." Messina, a graduate from Northport High School in 1992, has appeared in several films including "Argo" and "You Got Mail" as well as TV shows including "The Newsroom," "Six Feet Under" and "Law & Order."
The late Ken Howard (1944-2016) appeared in such films as "Clear and Present Danger," "1776" and "Joy," but is best known for his role as Coach Ken Reeves on the CBS show "The White Shadow." He graduated from Manhasset Secondary School in 1962.
Bill Klein, shown here with wife Dr. Jennifer Arnold, are the stars of the TLC show " The Little Couple." He graduated from Comsewogue High School in 1992.
Rapper and musician Biz Markie (born Marcel Theo Hall) graduated from Longwood High School in 1982.
Judd Apatow, creator of "Freaks and Geeks" and writer, director and producer of "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Knocked Up" and "Trainwreck," graduated from Syosset High School in 1985.
Comedian and actor Larry Miller ("Pretty Woman," 1990; "The Nutty Professor," 1995; "10 Things I Hate About You," 1999; and "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," 2005) graduated from Valley Stream South High School in 1971.
Rapper Busta Rhymes graduated in 1991 from Uniondale High School when he was still known as Trevor Tahiem Smith Jr. His songs have been featured in well-known movies including "Fast and Furious," "Mean Girls" and "Easy A."
Grammy Award-winning singer Ashanti graduated in 1998 from Glen Cove High School. Ashanti was the first female artist to hold the two top places on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
Actress and comedian Ilana Glazer, co-star and co-creator of the Comedy Central show "Broad City," also recently appeared in the 2015 film "The Night Before." She graduated from Smithtown High School East in 2005.
Before Bob Iger embarked on a career that led to his becoming chairman and chief executive officer of the Walt Disney Company, he graduated from Oceanside High School in 1969.
Jeff Wilpon, owner of the New York Mets, graduated from Roslyn High School in 1980.
After graduating from George W. Hewlett High School in 1986, Edward Burns went on to become a successful director of such films as "The Brothers McMullen" (2005) and "Sidewalks of New York" (2001). Edwards also has a lengthy acting resume, appearing in movies like "Saving Private Ryan" (1998) and "27 Dresses" (2008).
Grammy Award-winning record producer Frederick Jay "Rick" Rubin is best known for his efforts as co-founder of Def Jam Records, the company that gave rise to the Beastie Boys, Run DMC, Public Enemy and LL Cool J, but has also worked with such iconic musicians as Metallica, Lady Gaga, Red Hot Chili Peppers, AC/DC, Johnny Cash and Eminem, among others -- but first he graduated from Long Beach High School in 1981.
Since making his Major League Baseball debut on June 28, 2015, New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz went on with the team throughout the season, eventually pitching in the playoffs and World Series. Steven found a lot of local support, as he's from Stony Brook, graduating from Ward Melville High School in 2009 (also the year Newsday named him Long Island Player of the Year)
Lou Reed (1942-2013) remains an iconic name in the world of music: He was a member of the influential rock band The Velvet Underground and also had a long solo career, during which he created and performed a catalog of experimental and critically acclaimed music (his most successful and recognizable song was "Walk on the Wild Side"). Reed, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, graduated from Freeport High School in 1960.
Kate McKinnon graduated from North Shore High School in 2002. A current cast member of NBC's iconic "Saturday Night Live" sketch comedy program, she is also a co-star of the reboot of the film "Ghostbusters."
Magician and performer Criss Angel (born Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos) found fame though his dark, offbeat illusions, and his stage and television show "Mindfreak." He graduated from East Meadow High School in 1985.
Actor Steve Buscemi graduated in 1975 from Valley Stream Central High School and is best known for his roles in "Fargo," "Monsters, Inc.," "Reservoir Dogs" and, currently, the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire."
Idina Menzel graduated in 1989 from Syosset High School and made her Broadway debut in "Rent." She is a Tony Award winner for her role of Elphaba in the Broadway musical "Wicked." Menzel voiced the character Elsa in Disney's "Frozen" and sang the Oscar-winning, "Let It Go."
Actor and comedian Jim Breuer made his mark on TV's "Saturday Night Live," starred in the 1998 movie, "Half Baked," and voiced the crow in "Zookeeper," but first he graduated from Valley Stream Central High School in 1985.
Edie Falco is an alum from the class of 1981 at Northport High School. Falco won Emmys for her role as Carmela in "The Sopranos" and she then moved on to have her own Showtime series, "Nurse Jackie."
Gary Dell'Abate, the executive producer of "The Howard Stern Show" -- whose nickname, Baba Booey, has become one of the most inappropriately yelled phrases in media history -- graduated from Uniondale High School in 1979.
Norman Julius "Boomer" Esiason graduated from East Islip High School in Mineola in 1979. Following a 14-year career as a National League Football quarterback (Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals), he has served as a TV football analyst and co-host of the morning sports radio program "Boomer and Carton" on 660 "The FAN" WFAN-AM.
Actor Kevin James graduated from Ward Melville High School in 1983 when he still went by his real last name, Knipfing. He is best know for staring in "The King of Queens," "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," and "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2," pictured here.