Sean Penn (Madonna's ex, and star of "Dead Man Walking"), and Rob Lowe (star of "St. Elmo's Fire" and those infamous home videos) all attended Santa Monica High during the late 1970's and early 1980's, as did Art Alexakis, lead singer of the rock band Everclear. Robert Downey Jr. also went here, but dropped out when he was 17.
From an earlier generation, actor Glenn Ford, ("Gilda," "Blackboard Jungle," "Superman") began his acting career with plays at Santa Monica High. Screen dancer Gene Nelson ("Oklahoma!"), and Watergate figure John Erlichman were both SAMOHI grads.
MTV host Carson Daly played on the school golf team and graduated in 1991. Actress Karyn Parsons, who played 'Hillary Banks' on "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air." was also a student at Santa Monica. So was Dan Blocker's son, Dirk Blocker (who starred with Robert Conrad on "Baa Baa Black Sheep".)
Other alumni include
("Renegede", "The Bold and The Beautiful");
(who played Phyllis's daughter 'Bess' on "The Mary Tyler Moore
Show" and "Phyllis"); Holly
who appeared in "Head of the Class," "Hangin'
with Mr. Cooper," and "21 Jumpstreet"; the Greenbush
who played the youngest Ingalls daughter ('Carrie') on TV's "Little
House on the Prairie"; Austin Peck,
who plays 'Austin Reed on the soap "Days of Our Lives",
and Keith Coogan
("Toy Soldiers," "Don't Tell Mom
the Babysitter is Dead").
Getting there: The school is located at the corner of Pico Boulevard and 4th Street in Santa Monica, about a quarter mile inland from the Santa Monica Pier, on the south side of the Santa Monica Freeway, just east of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (where the Academy Awards ceremonies took place during the 60's). / From the Santa Monica (10) Freeway west, take the 4th Street exit and go south on 4th Street. The school will be on your left (east) side.
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