Notable Long Island high school alumni

From astronauts to musicians, Long Island high schools have produced some rather notable alumni through the years....

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From astronauts to musicians, Long Island high schools have produced some rather notable alumni through the years.

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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."

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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."

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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.


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Actor Chris 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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Allie Long, who graduated from Northport High School in 2005, made the U.S. women's soccer team for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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Rapper and musician Biz Markie (born Marcel Theo Hall) graduated from Longwood High School in 1982.

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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.

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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.

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Kenneth Cole graduated from Great Neck North High School in 1972. Cole now has an iconic fashion brand that is self-named.

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Rob Scuderi, an alum of St. Anthony's High School class of 1997, has gone on to have a rewarding career in the NHL, winning a pair of Stanley Cups; One in 2009 playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins and one in 2013 with the Los Angeles Kings.

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Pat Benatar graduated from Lindenhurst Senior High School in 1971 when she was still called Patti Andrzejewski. Benatar is a four-time Grammy Award winner and is best known for her hit songs, "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," "Battlefield" and "We Belong."

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The band De La Soul (Kelvin Mercer aka Posdnuos, David Jude Jolicoeur aka Trugoy the Dove, and Vincent Mason aka Maseo) are all graduates of Amityville High School (graduating respectively in 1987, 1986 and 1988). A hip hop crew, the group is lauded for its cryptic lyrics and jazzy, alternative beats.

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Jim Brown graduated from Manhasset High School in 1953. Brown is best known as a football star turned actor and for such roles in "The Running Man" and "The Dirty Dozen."

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Jane Monheit graduated from Connetquot High School in 1995. Monheit is a well known Grammy-nominated jazz singer that has a diverse set of songs.

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Andy Kaufman who graduated in 1967 from Great Neck North High School was an eccentric comedic entertainer who got his break on the hit series "Taxi" playing Latka. He died from lung cancer at the age of 35, but his fame continues to live on.

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Lenny Bruce attended Wellington C. Mepham High School from 1940-1942, but left to volunteer for the U.S. Navy before graduating. Bruce, born Leonard Alfred Schneider, was a stand-up comedian whose material embraced taboo and counter-culture words and ideas. He was convicted by the State of New York for obscenity in 1964, but was posthumously pardoned in 2003. Bruce died at the age of 40 in 1966.

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Lara Spencer graduated Garden City High School with the class of 1987. She is best known for being an anchor on "Good Morning America."

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Talia Shire graduated from Great Neck South High School in 1964. She is best known for her successful role as Adrian, the wife of Sylvester Stallone in the "Rocky" movie series. Shire also played the daughter of Marlon Brando in the "Godfather" trilogy. Shire co-founded a production company with her second husband that is called Taliafilm II.

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Navy Seal Lt. Michael P. Murphy graduated from Patchogue-Medford High School in 1994. He was killed in the war in Afghanistan and was commemorated in the 2013 movie "Lone Survivor." Murphy was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 2007, making him the first Navy Seal to receive this recognition since the Vietnam War.

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Francis Ford Coppola attended Great Neck North High School and graduated with the class of 1956. Director of such films as "The Godfather," "Apocalypse Now," "The Outsiders" and "Bram Stoker's Dracula," Coppola is also a screenwriter and producer, winning five Academy Awards and nominated on eight other occasions.

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Susan Lucci is an alum of Garden City High School and graduated in 1964. She is best known for her role as Erica Kane in the soap opera "All My Children."

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New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner, Doris Kearns Goodwin graduated from Rockville Centre's South Side High School in 1960. Goodwin is the author of books about U.S. presidents including Lincoln, Kennedy and both Roosevelts.

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The late Ed Lauter (1938-2013) was a character actor who appeared in several TV shows and dozens of Hollywood films, including "The Artist" (2011), "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" (2006), "Seabiscuit" (2003), "Leaving Las Vegas" (1995), "The Rocketeer" (1991) and "French Connection II" (1975). Lauter graduated from Long Beach High School in 1956.

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Stuart Weitzman graduated in 1958 from George W. Hewlett High School. Weitzman is best known for being the designer of his self-named shoe collection.

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Eddie Money graduated in 1967 from Island Trees High School when he still went by Mahoney for his last name. He went on to become a popular rock musician and earned a Grammy nomination in 1987 for his song "Take Me Home Tonight."

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Mariah Carey graduated from Harborfields High School in 1987 and is now one of the best-selling female artists of all time, with more than 200 million albums sold.

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Matt Serra graduated in 1992 from East Meadow High School and earned the nickname "The Terror" during his years as a UFC fighter. Serra won the UFC Welterweight Championship and "The Ultimate Fighter 4" Welterweight Tournament titles.

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Jamie-Lynn Sigler is an alum of Jericho High School, graduating in 1999. Sigler began her acting career on "The Sopranos" as the character Meadow. She is known for her roles in "Ugly Betty," "Entourage," "Dark Ride," and the NBC series "Guys with Kids."

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Jerry Seinfeld, who graduated in 1972 from Massapequa High School, is best known for playing himself on the series "Seinfeld," which he had cowrote and co-created. When the show ended in 1998, Seinfeld returned to his comedy roots.

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Amy Schumer graduated from Rockville Centre South Side High School in 1999. Now a comedian and actress, Schumer has her own TV series "Inside Amy Schumer" starred in a hit movie she wrote ("Trainwreck"), and has had roles in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," "Girls," "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "30 Rock."

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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.

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Susan Sullivan, a Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated actress, graduated in 1960 from Freeport High School. Sullivan is best known for her roles in "Castle," "Another World" and "Falcon Crest."

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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.

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Danny Green, who graduated from St. Mary's College Preparatory School in 2005, is now a part of the NBA. Green was drafted in 2009 to be the shooting guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers, guard for the San Antonio Spurs and is now playing for the Toronto Raptors.

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Howard Stern graduated in 1972 from Rockville Centre's South Side High School. Stern gained his fame as a shock jock, currently hosts a show on SiriusXM Radio and has been a judge on "America's Got Talent."

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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."

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Before broadcast journalist and producer Soledad O'Brien worked for companies like NBC and CNN, she graduated from Smithtown High School East in 1984.

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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."

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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.

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Toronto Blues Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman graduated from Patchogue-Medford High School in 2009.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tony Danza, who was known as Anthony Iadanza when he graduated from Malverne High School in 1968, is a well known actor. He's had roles on "Taxi" and "Who's the Boss?" as well as his own comedy series "The Tony Danza Show."

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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.