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Debo Adegbile
Civil Rights Attorney
Class of
1980
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Debo Adegbile

Civil Rights Attorney
Class of
1980
Debo is a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. He is the former director of litigation for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and former senior counsel on the staff of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Debo traces the roots of his values and worldview back to entering Manhattan Country School as a six-year-old. “MCS does a better job than any other elementary school of teaching a deep understanding of the individual in relation to larger communities,” he says.
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Adrian Bartos
DJ, Producer, Radio Host
Class of
1983
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Adrian Bartos

DJ, Producer, Radio Host
Class of
1983
For more than two decades, Adrian Bartos (“DJ Stretch Armstrong”) has been an internationally renowned deejay, producer and music impresario. His radio program, “The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show” (named the “Best Hip-Hop Show of All Time” by The Source magazine) is credited with helping launch the careers of some of the biggest hip-hop artists of the ’90s, including The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Wu-Tang Clan and Busta Rhymes.
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Elizabeth Beer
Artist, Boutique Owner
Class of
1979
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Elizabeth Beer

Artist, Boutique Owner
Class of
1979
Elizabeth Beer created Various Projects with creative partner Brian Janusiak as an outlet for their art and a place to showcase works by other designers and artists. Their retail store, Project No. 8, has three locations in Manhattan. In addition, Elizabeth is a partner in the Berlin-based contemporary art gallery Arratia, Beer.
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John Burnham Schwartz
Author, Screenwriter
Class of
1979
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John Burnham Schwartz

Author, Screenwriter
Class of
1979
John Burnham Schwartz is a critically acclaimed, bestselling author of many novels, including Claire Marvel, The Commoner, Bicycle Days and Reservation Road. In 2007, Reservation Road was made into a film based on John’s screenplay. Random House published his fifth novel, Northwest Corner, which continues the stories of some of the characters from Reservation Road 12 years later. He is also writing the script for “The Wizard of Lies,” an HBO film about disgraced financier Bernie Madoff, starring Robert De Niro.
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Claire Chafee
Playwright, Professor
Class of
1972
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Claire Chafee

Playwright, Professor
Class of
1972
Claire Chafee’s written works include “Whisper from the Book of Etiquette,” “Darwin’s Finches,” “Why We Have a Body,” “Even Among These Rocks” and “Five Women on a Hill in Spain.” Her work has been produced at Magic Theatre in San Francisco, the Judith Anderson Theatre and in numerous theaters around the country. She is an adjunct professor of writing at California College of the Arts.
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Katy Chevigny
Documentary Filmmaker, Founder of Arts Engine
Class of
1982
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Katy Chevigny

Documentary Filmmaker, Founder of Arts Engine
Class of
1982
Katy Chevigny founded Arts Engine, an organization that develops strategies to amplify the social impact of documentary film. Her films include E-Team (2014), Election Day (2007) and Deadline (2004). Katy has more than 16 years of experience and has premiered in the Sundance Film Festival. According to Katy, her time at Manhattan Country School  influenced her to address social justice, self-expression and tolerance in her work.
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Jacob Collins
Painter, Teacher
Class of
1978
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Jacob Collins

Painter, Teacher
Class of
1978
Jacob Collins is a respected artist, teacher and role model in the contemporary revival of classical painting. His work has been widely exhibited in North America and Europe. He is the founder of the Water Street Atelier, The Grand Central Academy of Art and the Hudson River Fellowship.
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Kim Conroy
Attorney
Class of
1990
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Kim Conroy

Attorney
Class of
1990
Kim Conroy is a partner at the law firm Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP. She represents plaintiffs and defendants in various actions involving complex business and securities litigation. She believes a large part of her success is due in part to the excellence and community nurtured at Manhattan Country School.
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Betsy diBonaventura Brown
Educator, Founder of Cornerstone Learning Community
Class of
1977
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Betsy diBonaventura Brown

Educator, Founder of Cornerstone Learning Community
Class of
1977
Betsey di Bonaventura Brown is the founder of Cornerstone Learning Community, a school modeled after Manhattan Country School that serves students from preschool to eighth grade in Tallahassee, Florida. Betsey and her partner, Tony Brown, founded the school based on the MCS ideals of social justice and youth activism.

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