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Never Before Seen Photos! 15 Celebs as High School Athletes

Tina Fey

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Not only was Tina Fey a star tennis player while attending Upper Darby High School in Pennsylvania, she was also in the drama club, co-editor of the school's newspaper, a member of the choir, and on the honor roll—talk about an overachiever!

While the 43-year-old comedienne's weight has fluctuated over the years, one thing's for sure: she is all about confidence. "We should leave people alone about their weight. Being chubby for a while (provided you don't give yourself diabetes) is a natural phase of life and nothing to be ashamed of," she's said.

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Sheryl Crow

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She may be a rock legend now, but before she started strumming on the guitar, Sheryl Crow was an All-State high school track athlete in Kennett, Missouri. Medaling in the 75-meter low hurdles, it makes sense her bod is so ripped at the age of 51! The nine-time Grammy winner is known for always being in such phenomenal shape, so what's her secret to looking so ageless?

"I take workouts with me on tour… P90X, Tracy Anderson. I do them in the hotel rooms," she says. "I'm not big about going to gyms. I've been known to work out on a treadmill or StairMaster, but my first choice is really getting outside and running. That's where I can really clear my head."

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Gwyneth Paltrow

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Before she was crowned People Magazine's "Most Beautiful Woman in the World", Gwyneth Paltrow was actually a high school jock. As a fresh faced athletic teen during her days at The Spence School in New York City in the late ‘80s, the GOOP goddess was both a track star and volleyball player. Given that the 40-year-old actress is known for her two-hour workouts with fitness guru Tracy Anderson, we're not surprised!

"The reason I can have two kids and wear a bikini is because I work my ass off. It's not an accident. It's not luck, it's not fairy dust, it's not good genes. It's killing myself for an hour and a half five days a week, but what I get out of it is relative to what I put into it," she's said.

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Ellen DeGeneres

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Attending Atlanta High School in Texas, southern charmer Ellen DeGeneres was once a skilled tennis player. "I was very much a tomboy. I loved sports, running around, playing tennis," she's said. These days, the super funny talk show queen stays happy and healthy with daily yoga, dancing, and a newly adopted vegan diet.

"Food used to be really important to me. I loved steak, I loved hamburgers, I loved all that stuff. I can't believe how irresponsible I was, eating what I ate… I want to be on my toes; I want to have energy. And as much as the [vegan] diet seems like a sacrifice, it's helping me," she told SHAPE.

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Kate Hudson

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Kate Hudson has been obsessed with soccer ever since she first played during her childhood. And apparently she loves the sport so much, she once challenged her You, Me, and Dupree co-star Owen Wilson to a match during the World Cup!

"Owen actually likes to have soccer matches at his house. Owen's a great guy, I loved working with him, but he's a cheater," she's joked. Back in 2008, the quirky actress even gushed about why she was excited to be a soccer mom to her then 4-year-old son Ryder. "I love sports. I even know more about them than my brothers sometimes. I've never been more excited to be a soccer mom. And I will totally be the snack mom—that's going to be the best part!"

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Jayma Mays

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Gleeks everywhere will be pleased to know actress Jayma Mays is more than her germaphobe guidance counselor character; in real life, she was a teenage basketball star. The adorable redhead, who grew up in a small coal-mining town in Virginia, had to make friends with the boys since there weren't many girls around—so she turned to sports!

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Lisa Kudrow

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Lisa Kudrow (back row, center) is yet another blonde beauty who heated up the tennis courts during her time at Taft High School in Los Angeles, but she was a brunette back then! While she may have been a varsity level star player in her younger years, apparently the funny celeb doesn't play much anymore. "I used to be good at tennis too, but when I'm not working, doing nothing is more appealing than a hobby," she told US Weekly.

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Gwen Stefani

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There's "No Doubt" Gwen Stefani has one rockin' bod, but when she was in high school, the sexy singer joined the swim team in an attempt to slim down (possibly due to her teenage job at Dairy Queen). While the pop star may not spend a lot of time in the pool these days, the 43-year-old admits to getting her cardio from jumping around on stage during her concerts! "There is no secret: you just have to eat healthy, work out, and torture yourself!" she told Harper's Bazaar.

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Renee Zellweger

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Jerry Maguire may have won Renee Zellweger's heart in 1996, but it was basketball and cheerleading that "had her at hello" while attending Katy Junior High School in Texas during the early '80s. The sporty star was also a gymnast, speech team member, and not surprisingly, a member of the drama club.

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Jane Lynch

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Before Susan "Sue" Sylvester was a cheerleading coach to Gleeks everywhere, she was a varsity level basketball player at Thornridge High School in Dolton, Illinois. Even though she got picked first in P.E. when it came to the sport, it wasn't her favorite. "I was an athlete. I loved softball, but I did play basketball. I didn't love it so much—I was recruited because I'm so tall," she's said.

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Britney Spears

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Before she was dancing and singing on stages across the world, pop princess Britney Spears spent her teenage years in McComb, Mississippi playing basketball. Who knew the former Mouseketeer had a passion for hoops? Turns out, Brit Brit must have been clocking serious hours on both the courts and in studio since her breakout hit "Baby One More Time" was released just a year later.

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Eva Mendes

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Eva Mendes was just as gorgeous in 1990 as she is now, playing sophomore volleyball for Hoover High School in Glendale, California. Turns out, the Miami-born beauty was also a cheerleader and didn't even think about acting until college. Now sports seem to be all in a day's work for the sexy star; her hobbies include hiking, biking, skiing, and mountain climbing. No wonder she has such an awesome bod!

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Amanda Seyfried

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It's no surprise Amanda Seyfried was recently spotted attending the U.S. Open finals, as the adorable actress played tennis when she was a teen! Attending Allentown, Pennsylvania's Willem Allen High School (class of 2003), the blonde beauty was snapped in this action shot while playing for her senior team.

The super busy girl was juggling both sports and showbiz at the time; not only did Seyfried start modeling at the age of 11, she landed a recurring role on As the World Turns when she was just 15. Yet the now 27-year-old never really felt confident about her looks until she was older, saying about her childhood, "I felt so extremely ugly. When I look back, I was not ugly—I was cute, and had a gap in my teeth. But I wish I could have enjoyed that part of my life and been more confident."

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Kendra Wilkinson

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It's no secret blonde bombshell Kendra Wilkinson loves sports. The self-professed tomboy played both soccer and softball at Clairemont High School in San Diego, admitting that she even had a serious crush on her coach! "We would have to run and I'd purposefully be the last because he would be there behind me," the 28-year-old Playboy Playmate shared in an episode of MTV's When I Was 17.

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Shannon Elizabeth

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Texas born and raised actress Shannon Elizabeth (middle) is as athletic as she is ageless! The 40-year-old played tennis in high school and even considered a professional sports career before she heated up on the big screen as Nadia in the American Pie movies.

"I didn't always have a great forehand, but if I was playing somebody with a great forehand, I knew how to mess them up," Elizabeth told ESPN. "I had a great backhand. I still had a lot of work to do, but that's what I wanted to do for a while. I just didn't end up pursuing it. I ended up moving to New York and working, and things kind of took off from there."

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