List of University of Chicago Laboratory Schools people

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This is list of notable people who attended, taught at, or were otherwise affiliated with the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.


Name Year Notability Reference
Ray Anderson 1969[citation needed] Jazz trombonist, composer, bandleader, artist-in-residence at Stony Brook University [1][2]
Robert Orville Anderson 1935 American businessman and philanthropist who founded Atlantic Richfield Oil Co.
W. Kamau Bell 1990 Stand-up comic
Rishi Bhat 2002[citation needed] Former child actor, starred in The Indian in the Cupboard; internet entrepreneur [3][4]
Charles Bidwell 1946 Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Chicago
David Bloom 1962 Jazz musician and instructor
Chesa Boudin 1999 Rhodes Scholar and progressive writer/lecturer
Bill Bradbury 1967 Oregon Secretary of State
Torrey C. Brown 1957 Maryland Secretary of Natural Resources
Paul Butterfield 1960 Blues musician and bandleader
Emile Cambry, Jr. 1998 Filmmaker, social entrepreneur
Jonathan Paul Cambry 2000 Classical pianist, teacher, composer, producer and graphic designer
Erwin Chemerinsky 1971 Law professor at Duke University, dean of the law school at University of California, Irvine
Joyce Chiang 1988 Murder victim, INS attorney
Daniel Clowes 1979 Author, screenwriter, and cartoonist of alternative comic books
Selma Jeanne Cohen 1939 Dance historian and dance critic for The New York Times
Anthony Cordesman 1956 Foreign policy commentator
Barbara Flynn Currie 1958 Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
Carol Kreeger Davidson 1945 Sculptor
Arne Duncan 1982 Chicago Public Schools CEO, US Secretary of Education
Elizabeth Fama 1981 Children's author
Castle Freeman, Jr. 1962 Author, contributor to The Old Farmer's Almanac
David D. Friedman 1961 Economist, physicist, legal scholar and libertarian theorist
Andrea Ghez 1983 Astrophysicist, MacArthur Foundation Fellow (2008)
Langdon Gilkey 1936 Professor of Theology and comparative religions, University of Chicago
Scott Gurvey 1969 New York bureau chief, Nightly Business Report
Leslie Hairston 1979 Chicago alderman
Matthew Headrick 1990 1990 winner of the Intel/Westinghouse Science Talent Search
Hal Higdon 1947 Writer and runner, longtime contributor to Runner's World
Maria Hinojosa 1979 Journalist
Valerie Jarrett (attended) Senior advisor to United States President Barack Obama
Denise Jefferson 1947 Dance educator, former director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Margo Jefferson 1964 Pulitzer Prize-winning author, former theater critic at the New York Times, professor at Columbia University and Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Nancy Johnson 1951 Connecticut congresswoman (1983–2006)
Lucy Kaplansky 1978 Folk singer and songwriter
Leon Kass 1954 Professor at the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago
Sam Kass 1998 President Barack Obama's Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy and Let's Move! Executive Director
Leo Katz 1974 Law professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School
Robert Keohane 1958 Political scientist
Shahar Kober (attended) Illustrator
Lily Koppel 1999 Journalist and writer
Sherry Lansing 1962 Former chief of Paramount Studios and Academy Award winner (2007)
David F. Levi Judge and dean, Duke University Law School
Edward H. Levi 1928 Former United States Attorney General
John G. Levi 1965 Chairperson of Legal Services Corporation
George Lewis 1969 Trombonist, composer, author, Columbia University professor, MacArthur Foundation Fellow (2002), AACM member
Wendell Lim 1983 Professor of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at University of California, San Francisco [5]
W. Ian Lipkin 1970 Infectious disease epidemiologist at Columbia University
Richard A. Loeb 1920 Murderer of Bobby Franks (along with Nathan Leopold)
Emily Mann 1970 Playwright; artistic director of McCarter Theater
Lynn Margulis 1952 Biologist, University of Massachusetts Amherst
William Hardy McNeill 1934 Professor emeritus, University of Chicago History Department, National Humanities Medal winner
Daniel Meltzer 1968 Principal Deputy White House Counsel to the U.S. President; Professor, Harvard Law School
Diane E. Meier 1969 Geriatrician, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), MacArthur Foundation Fellow (2008)
Clark Blanchard Millikan Aeronautical engineer
Elliot Mincberg 1970 Chief Counsel for Oversight and Investigations, U.S. House Judiciary Committee; director and lawyer at People for the American Way
Graham Moore 1999 Academy Award-winning screenwriter and author [5]
Bill Morrison 1983 Director and artist
Stephanie Neely 1983 Treasurer of the City of Chicago
Paul Nitze 1923 Public servant, winner of Presidential Medal of Freedom, namesake of Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University
Malia and Sasha Obama (attended until December 2008) Daughters of United States President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama [6]
Mark Patinkin 1970 Newspaper columnist and author
Kwame Raoul 1982 Illinois State Senator [5]
James M. Redfield 1950 Professor, classics and social thought, University of Chicago
Salli Richardson 1985 Film and television actress
John Rogers, Jr. 1976 Founding chairman and chief executive officer of Ariel Investments [7]
Ned Rorem 1940 Pulitzer prize-winning composer and author
Sarah Rose 1992 Reality TV star, Wall Street Journal contributor, historian, and author [8][9]
Carlo Rotella 1983 Non-fiction writer, academic, professor at Boston College
Ari Roth 1978 Artistic director, playwright, Theater J, Washington, D.C.
Janet Rowley 1942 Geneticist, winner of Presidential Medal of Freedom
Paul Sagan 1977 Businessman, journalist, three-time Emmy award winner
Peter Sahlins 1975 Professor, history department, University of California, Berkeley
Robert A. Sengstacke (attended) Photojournalist [10]
John Paul Stevens 1937 United States Supreme Court Justice
Robert Storr 1967 Curator, critic, painter, dean of Yale School of Art
Eleanor Swift 1962 Law professor at the University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law
Garrick Utley 1956 Television journalist
Bert Vaux 1987 Professor of phonology and morphology at University of Cambridge
Geoffrey Ward 1957 Seven-time Emmy award-winning screenwriter and author
David B. Wilkins 1973 Professor, Harvard Law School
Christopher Wool 1972 Artist
Amy Wright 1967 Actress
David O. Meltzer 1982 Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago
Eric Posner 1984 Professor of Law, University of Chicago
Muffie Meyer 1972 Peabody Award and Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker
Amanda Williams 1992 Artist and architect [11]



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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-09-26. Retrieved 2009-09-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  5. ^ a b c "RISING STAR PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD". University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. Archived from the original on November 11, 2014. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
  6. ^ And the winner is... Sidwell Friends
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  8. ^ "Sarah Rose | LinkedIn". Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  9. ^ "U Highlights". U Highlights. 1992.
  10. ^ HistoryMakers - Robert Sengstacke
  11. ^ "Chicago's most significant cultural export isn't Chance". Crain's Chicago Business. 2018-04-12. Retrieved 2019-04-18.