40 Celebrities You Never Knew Were Cheerleaders In Their Youth

Few things in this life are as quintessentially American as cheerleading. A wonderful spectacle, full of energy and color and razzle-dazzle, the cheer squad is an integral part of football and basketball games across the country. It should therefore come as no surprise that many celebrities got their first taste of the limelight as high school cheerleaders: still, this list includes a couple of entries that may well leave you slack-jawed in shock.