Famous Alumni of AVHS
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Jim Doughan (Class of 1977)
Well known for portraying Detective Doyle in The Mask, and Detective Allen in Stuart Little.
Nicholas Sadler (Class of 1985)
Well known for portraying Harry Havemeyer in Scent of a Woman.
Dan Smith (Class of 1987)
Well known for being a pitcher for the Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos, and Boston Red Sox from ‘98 to ‘04. Accomplishments: first round draft pick
Bob Martin (Class of 1988)
Well known for being a center for the Los Angeles Clippers from ‘93 to ‘95.
Maria Thayer (Class of 1994)
Well known for portraying Wyoma in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Rory Thayer in Accepted, and Abbey Logan in the TV sitcom Those Who Can’t....
Derek Rackley (Class of 1995)
Well known for being a tight end/long snapper for the Atlanta Falcons from ‘00 to ‘05, and the Seattle Seahawks from ‘06 to ‘07. He is currently an announcer for Big Ten Network.
Brad Defauw (Class of 1996)
Well known for being a left wing for the Carolina Hurricanes from ‘02 to ‘03. Accomplishments: Norwegian Championship while on the Vålerenga Ishockey team
Well known for portraying Pete Campbell in the TV drama Mad Men. Accomplishments: Won Young Hollywood Award for Breakout Performance of the Year ‘08, Won Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series ‘09 and ‘10 (Mad Men)...
Mitchell Jarvis (Class of 1997)
Well known for portraying Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof in ‘04, and Lonnie in Rock of Ages in ‘08 and ‘09.
Brianna Brown (Class of 1998)
Well known for portraying Dr. Lisa Niles in TV soap opera General Hospital, and Bretta Louie Van Seil in The Encounter. Accomplishments: Won Long Island International Film Expo for Best Actress ‘11 (The Encounter)...
Shani Johnson (Class of 1998)
Well known for participating in the triple jump event at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Accomplishments: USA Indoor Champion ‘05 and ‘07, USA Outdoor Champion ‘06 and ‘07
Elizabeth Ries (Class of 1999)
Well known for hosting ABC’s Twin Cities Live from ‘09 to the present.
Rebekah Bradford (Class of 2001)
Well known for participating in the Speed Skating event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Accomplishments: two-time US Sprint Champion ‘11, Master Sprint world Champion ‘11 Greatest advice to a high school student: “Don’t conform to fit in, remember who you are and act accordingly.” Favorite quote: “Love your neighbor as y...
Ben Goessling (Class of 2001)
Well known for being an ESPN Vikings reporter from ‘13 to present.
Kristine Reese (Class of 2001)
Well known for portraying Nessarose in Wicked in ‘05 and ‘09, being a part of the Female ensemble in Les Miserables in ‘06, and portraying Catherine in Pippin in ‘14. Greatest advice to a high school student: “I would encourage every student to continue their education beyond high school. There is so much growing we all need to do in this life to be the best person we can be...
Trevor Laws (Class of 2003)
Well known for being a defensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles from ‘08 to ‘11, and the St. Louis Rams in ‘12. Accomplishments: Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year ‘02, USA TODAY First-team All-American ‘02...
Mike Lundin (Class of 2003)
Well known for being a defenseman for the Tampa Bay Lightning from ‘07 to ‘11, the Minnesota Wild from ‘11 to ‘12, and the Ottawa Senators from ‘12 to ‘13. Accomplishments: Associated Press’ Minnesota Hockey Player of the Year ‘03...
Arden Cho (Class of 2003)
Well known for playing Kira Yukimura in the TV teen drama Teen Wolf.
Bryan Porter (Class of 2011)
Well known for portraying Gordon in Dear White People.
Tyus Jones (Class of 2014)
Well known for being a point guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves from ‘15 to present. Accomplishments: Minnesota Mr. Basketball ‘14, NCAA Champion ‘15, NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player ‘15