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San Mateo High School Alumni Have Distinguished Themselves

San Mateo High School alumni have distinguished themselves in the arts, sports, business, entertainment, and food and wine world. The following is a representative list of the distinguished alumni who graduated from San Mateo High School.

George Archer '58   Professional golfer, won Masters in 1969
Kathy Baker '68   Actress
David Binn '90   San Diego Chargers Long Snapper
Barry Bostwick '63   Actor
Eric Dane '91   Actor, Plays Dr. Mark Sloan on Grey's Anatomy
Dan Duckhorn '55   Duckhorn Winery
Alonzo Emery '69   Drafted by National Football League (N.F.L.), World Football League (W.F.L.), C.F.L.
Sam Francis '41
  American Abstract Expressionist and printmaker
Charles Ginnever '49   Internationally known artist
Phil Goldman '82 (deceased)   Co-founder of WebTV, Founder of Mailblocks
Merv Griffin '42   Creator of Jeopardy, talk show host, entertainer
Conrad Hall '44
  3-time Academy Award Winner for Best Cinematography- 1969-Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1999-American Beauty, 2002-Road to Perdition
Dennis Haysbert '72   Actor
Waldo Hunt '39   Developer of pop-up books
Diane Kalliam '61   Professional woman's softball player
Kris Kristofferson '54   Musician and Actor
Frank C.Lanza '49   Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O.), L3 Communications
David Mathis '56   Former Chairman and C.E.O. Kemper Insurance
Lee Mendelson '50  

Producer of more than 40 animated Charlie Brown specials

Bob Murphy '49   Voice of Stanford University Athletics
Bill Neukom '59   San Francisco Giants Managing General Partner
Arron Oberholser '93   Professional Golfer, Analyst and Commentator for the Golf Channel
Carol Shelton '74   Most awarded winemaker in America
Peter Thiel '85   Co-Founder, PayPal
Debi Thomas   1988 Olympic Bronze Medal in Figure Skating
Callen Tjader '43   Anglo Latin jazz musician