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Who walked those halls?

Updated: September 25, 2009, 3:47 PM ET
By Sheldon Shealer | ESPNRISE.com

Year after year, schools such as Downingtown West (Downingtown, Pa.), Jesuit (Portland, Ore.) St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.) and St. Ignatius (Cleveland) grace the FAB 50 soccer rankings.

In some cases, the school's identity appears linked to the success of soccer program.

Lest we forget, these schools were not created to be a source of soccer power, but rather as educational institutions. Today, we stray from our usual soccer-based content to take a quick glance at famous alumni from schools ranked in this week's ESPN RISE FAB 50 boys' and girls' top 10s. We selected one athlete (non-soccer) and one non-athlete to represent each school.

Next week, we will look at famous alumni from 11 different schools.

Archbishop Spalding (Severn, Md.)

Sports: Rudy Gay. Gay helped the University of Connecticut achieve national prominence and jumped to the NBA after his sophomore year. Non-athlete: Jimi Haha. Born Jim Davis, Haha is the lead singer of pop band Jimmie's Chicken Shack.

Brentwood (N.Y.)

Sports: Mitch Kupchak. The former NBA player is the current general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers. Non-athlete: Jef Raskin. The computer scientist was part of the team that created the MacIntosh computer.

Council Rock North (Newtown, Pa.)

Sports: Jay Wright. Wright is the current coach of the Villanova University men's basketball team Non-athlete: Jillian Parry. Parry won Miss Teen USA in 2000.

Downingtown West (Downingtown, Pa.)

Although Downingtown recently split into two schools, legally it is considered one school with two campuses and distinct athletic programs. Since West does not have a long history as an independent school, its most famous alumni might be college quarterback Pat Devlin, who was a major recruit coming out of high school.

Jesuit (Portland, Ore.)

Sports: Mike Dunleavy Jr. Son of a famous NBA player, Mike Jr. also made the show and is still active. Non-athlete: Morgan Murphy. Murphy, a female comedian, currently is a writer for "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."

McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.)

Sports: Pam Shriver. The 1970s tennis star is currently a TV analyst for many major tennis events. Non-athlete: Grant Aleksander. Born Grant Kunkowski, he later became a distinguished soap opera actor and more recently a director.

Neuqua Valley (Naperville, Ill.)

Sports: Chris Derrick. The distance runner set a number of national records. Non-athlete: Danielle Panabaker. An actress, Panabaker has appeared in "Friday the 13th," among other films.

Reitz Memorial (Evansville, Ind.)

Sports: Don Mattingly. Known as Mr. Yankee, Mattingly played for the Yankees from 1982 to 1995. He set or tied major league records for consecutive games with a home run and for grand slams in a season. Non-athlete: Jonathan Weinzapfel. This politician became the mayor of Evansville at age 38 and is serving his second term as mayor.

St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.)

Sports: P.J. Carlesimo. This former NBA coach is best known for a much-publicized choking incident with player Latrell Sprewell. Non-athlete: A.J. Calloway. Calloway was a TV host on BET.

St. Ignatius (Cleveland)

Sports: Larry Dolan. Dolan is the owner of the Cleveland Indians. Non-athlete: Jack Riley. Riley is a comedic actor who was famous during the 1970s.

Washington Township (N.J.)

Sports: King Kong Bundy. Bundy was one of the original stars of WWF wrestling. Non-athlete: Linda Fiorentino. Fiorentino's acting career includes starring in such movies as "Dogma" and "Men in Black."