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Famous Great Neck Alumni Pages include those graduates who have achieved success and prominence in their chosen field of endeavor. They are role models to past, present and future students because of their intellect, talent, creativity, skill, diligence, and commitment to excellence. They exemplify the capacity in all of us to aspire to greatness, follow our dreams and make a contribution to society. Their distinguished careers and lives are both a source of community pride and an inspiration to our individual and collective potential.
Quinn Early, Football Player
Class of 1983
Great Neck South High School

ESPN.com Profile
CNN/SI: Jets Sign Wide Receiver
Major David Gurfein, U.S. Marine
Class of 1983
Great Neck South High School

A Mother's Relief
Soldier From LI Rips Down Saddam Poster

Quinn Early was all-state in track and all-county in football and basketball as a senior at Great Neck South High School in 1983. He caught 104 passes for 1,819 yards in four years at the University of Iowa, led the Big 10 with 22.3 yard average per catch as a junior and was 3rd team All-American as a senior. He was drafted in the third round of the NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers in 1988 and his NFL career spanned 12 seasons including stints with the New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.

David Gurfein, a star quarterback and diving champ at Great Neck South High School, embodies the school mascot, a tough, fighting rebel, that he painted a mural of in the school hallway. Continuing a family tradition, David joined the marines at the age of 17, missing his graduation ceremony to attend boot camp. He has fought in many conflicts, including the Persian Gulf War and won a bronze star during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. His most famous moment came when he pulled down a large poster of Saddam Hussein in March, 2003, symbolizing the fall of the Iraqi leader and the impending coalition victory in the war.

David Schneiderman, TV/Movie Writer
Class of 1989
Great Neck South High School

Chasing Liberty
Writer Is at Liberty, at Last

David Schneiderman, a 1989 graduate of Great Neck South High School, worked in various capacities on such films as I'll Do Anything, Operation Dumbo Drop, Assassins, and the Phantom prior to co-writing the screenplay for the movie Chasing Liberty. David also sold a feature length script to 20th Century Fox named Test Drive and a half hour comedy series called State of the Unions to ABC TV. He and writing partner Derek Guiley are developing two animated projects for Sony Pictures' new animation division.