Famous Boys State Alumni

Past Program Graduates


  • Fred Akers (Arkansas, 1955) - Head Football Coach for Wyoming, Texas, Purdue University
  • Lamar Alexander (Tennessee 1957) - Governor of Tennessee, Secretary of Education, Presidential Candidate
  • Neil Armstrong (Ohio 1946) - NASA Astronaut, First man on the moon
  • Bruce Babbitt (Arizona 1956) - Two-term Governor of Arizona, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
  • Max Baucus (Montana 1960) - U.S. Senator
  • Shawn Bradley (Utah 1989) - Professional Basketball Player
  • Tom Brokaw (South Dakota 1957) -News Commentator
  • Richard Cheney (Wyoming 1958) - Secretary of Defense
  • William J. Clinton (Arkansas 1963) - Attorney General of Arkansas, Governor of Arkansas, President of the United States
  • Roger Ebert (Illinois 1959) - Pulitzer Prize for literary criticism, Movie Critic
  • George W. Emery (Maine 1958) - Vice Admiral - U.S. Navy
  • H.F. "Sparky" Gierke (North Dakota 1961) - Past National Commander, State Supreme Court Justice, Justice of U.S. Court of Military Appeals
  • Vonnie Holliday (South Carolina 1993) - First Round Draft Pick for the Green Bay Packers
  • Lee W. Huebner (Wisconsin 1957) - One of Ripon Society Founders, Speech writer and Special assistant to President Nixon, Publisher of International Herald Tribune (Paris, France)
  • James B. Hunt, Jr. (North Carolina 1954) - Governor of North Carolina
  • Fob James (Alabama 1948) - Governor of Alabama
  • Al Jarreau (Wisconsin 1957) - Renowned Jazz Singer
  • James Jones (Oklahoma 1956) - U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Congressman, Chairman of American Mercantile Exchange
  • Michael Jordan (North Carolina 1980) Professional Basketball Player
  • Donnie Kessinger (Arkansas 1959) Professional Baseball Player (Chicago Cubs), Manager of Chicago White Sox, Head Baseball Coach - University of Mississippi
  • Angus King (Virginia 1961) Governor of Maine
  • Charles Larsen (Nebraska 1958) - Vice Admiral - U.S. Navy, Superintendent - U.S. Naval Academy
  • Rush Limbaugh, Jr. (Missouri 1968) - Syndicated radio/television talk show host, Best selling author
  • Trent Lott (Mississippi 1958) - U.S. Congressman
  • Richard Lugar (Indiana 1949) - Mayor of Indianapolis, U.S. Senator, Presidential Candidate
  • M. Peter McPherson (Michigan 1956) - Director of Agency for International Development, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, President - Michigan State University
  • Bob Miller (Nevada 1968) - Governor of Nevada
  • E. Benjamin Nelson (Nebraska 1958) - Governor of Nebraska
  • Allen H. Neuharth (South Dakota 1941) - Chairman of Gannet Publishing Co., Inc. Founder of USA Today
  • Sam Nunn (Georgia 1954) - U.S. Senator
  • George Pataki (New York 1962) - Governor of New York
  • Richard W. Riley (South Carolina 1949) - Two-term Governor of South Carolina, US Secretary of Education