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Famous Grizzlies

 Posted: 2:00 AM July 21, 2012


The following is an ever-expanding list from Ashland High School staff and the alumni association; submit additional names under the comment section at

2010 — Ian Reynolds Kendall, pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays

2008 — Sam Gaviglio, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals

2006 — Actress Steffanie Leigh (formerly Steffi Garrard), star of "Mary Poppins" musical on Broadway

2002 — "Somm" Cinematographer Jackson Myers

2000 — Fahad Gaviao Siadat, New York artist, vocalist and composer;

1999 — Rachel Zaslow, executive director of Mother Health International; Minnesota businessman James Kreisman and TV news reporter Adam Sexton

1998 — Claire Chambers, founder and CEO of the Manhattan-based luxury lingerie chain Journelle and; Jason Allred, PGA player; and Peter Hollens, an a cappella vocalist, producer and founder of University of Oregon's On the Rocks group

1997 — Jeremy Guthrie, former pitcher for the Colorado Rockies, traded to the Kansas City Royals on Friday

1996 — Jordan Hirsh, a chief programmer of top grossing media entertainment Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

1995 — Shana Cooper, Oregon Shakespeare Festival director and playwright

1994 — Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, author and TV commentator, and Jessica Ripper (aka Aminah Chishti), a tabla player who was the first woman to perform at a large Pakistani music festival celebrating a Sufi saint

1990 — Chad Cota, NFL player; Shannon E. Rhoades, senior supervisory editor for National Public Radio's Morning Edition

1988 — Jason Atkinson, state senator; Christian Hawkey, poet and author of "HourHour," "Citizen Of" and "The Book of Funnels," which won the 2006 Kate Tufts Award

1984 — Darren Kavinoky, lawyer and TV commentator

1981 — Ron Blair, actor in "Se7en" and "Twin Peaks"

1980 — David Fincher, director of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

1976 — Winona LaDuke, vice presidential candidate, activist, environmentalist and writer

1975 — Lisa Koch, entertainer and comedian

1974 — Ann Curry, formerly of NBC "Today Show"; Actor, bodybuilder Neville Archambault

1973 —David Koch, actor, producer, artistic director/producer of Cabaret de Paris Theatre

1972 — Nancy Schwartz Fichtner, who received the first SAVE (Securing Americans Value and Efficiency) award in 2009 from President Obama out of 38,000 cost-cutting ideas from government employees

1969 — Alex "Sonny" Sixkiller, World Football League, actor in "The Longest Yard" and college sports commentator

1965 — James L. Mayo, pastor of St. Michael the Archangel in Porland

1958 — Ivan Collver, board chairman of Rogue Valley Transportation District and on Gov. John Kitzhaber's Advisory Board of Denture Technology

1957 — Jack Eberhart, chief of staff of Memorial Hospital, Martinsville, Va., and San Juan Regional Medical Center, Farmington, N.M.

1956 — Sam Morton Wayne Scripter, one of the youngest chairmen of a Department of Geography in the U.S., now retired from the University of Idaho

1948 — Marv Wines, retired U.S. Navy radioman chief with a single engine pilot's license checked out in 51 aircraft and an avid HAM radio operator for 62 years

1925 — Kenneth Hobson, Air Force four-star general

We continue to update this list. To add information, please send the name of the alumnus and a brief explanation of his or her professional accomplishments to

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