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They walked these halls: 5 famous Las Vegas Academy grads

Julianne Hough performs on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.
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Rutina Wesley Class of 1997

Before becoming Tara Thornton on HBO vampire drama True Blood, Wesley studied acting at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City.

Matthew Gray Gubler Class of 1998

The Las Vegas native went on to film school at NYU before landing his current gig as Dr. Spencer Reid (also a Vegas native!) on CBS crime procedural Criminal Minds.

Ne-Yo performs at Ditch Fridays at Palms Pool on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013.

Ne-Yo performs at Ditch Fridays at Palms Pool on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013.

Ne-Yo 1994-1997

Born Shaffer Chimere Smith, the R&B artist attended LVA before going on to release five albums, including the platinum-selling Year of the Gentleman in 2008.

Julianne Hough 2004-2005

The dancer leveraged her Dancing With the Stars gig into an acting and singing career, recently appearing in the 2011 Footloose remake and last year’s Rock of Ages film adaptation.

Baron Vaughn Class of 1999

You might know Vaughan from USA’s Fairly Legal dramedy, and some might also have spotted him during Arrested Development’s latest season.

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