4 Sports Celebrities Who Went To High School On The New Hampshire Seacoast
There are many celebrities who grew up on the Seacoast, but that rings even more true when it comes to athletes and sports standouts.
While there are many athletes and sports personalities who were either native to the Seacoast and/or attended high school in the area, here are just a few examples of Seacoast-bred sports talent:
1. Sam Fuld, Berwick Academy/Phillips Exeter Academy
Fuld, a Durham native, was recently named the general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies for the upcoming 2021 season. Fuld made his debut in Major League Baseball in 2007 and, after retiring as a player, became a player information coordinator with the Phillies and rose through the ranks. He was also recently revealed to have been a frontrunner for manager of the Boston Red Sox, which ultimately went to Alex Cora.
Fuld made the Berwick Academy varsity baseball team as an eighth grader and later transferred to Phillips Exeter where he played baseball, soccer and ran track. Fuld later attended Stanford before turning pro.
2. Jenny Thompson, Dover High School
Thompson is one of the most decorated Olympians in history. She has 12 medals and eight gold medals. And it all started at Dover High School. The Danvers, Massachusetts native began swimming at the age of 7 and, like Fuld, attended Stanford after leaving her Seacoast adolescence behind. Thompson went on to win gold medals at the 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics.
3. Duncan Robinson, The Governor's Academy/Phillips Exeter Academy
The New Castle native and Miami Heat standout, Robinson attended The Governor's Academy in Byfield before attending Exeter for a postgraduate year. Robinson then went on to Williams College as well as the University of Michigan and signed as an undrafted free agent with the heat in 2018. Since then, Robinson has cemented himself as a key player with Miami.
4. Victoria Arlen, Exeter High School
Arlen is a former Paralympian swimmer and current television personality for ESPN who attended Exeter High School. She developed transverse myelitis and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, two rare conditions, as an 11-year-old and had to re-learn how to speak, eat and move after four years. She starred at the 2012 Summer Paralympics and later joined ESPN. She was a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars" for the show's 25th season.