Tina Fey Returns to Upper Darby High, and Students Freak Out

She visited her alma mater on Wednesday to do some promotional filming for "Mean Girls," her Broadway musical.


Wednesday was not a good day for Upper Darby High School students to play hooky.

Anyone who didn’t show up for classes missed the chance to see Tina Fey in all her glory at her alma matter. Fey visited the Delaware County school on Wednesday to do some promotional filming for “Mean Girls” — her Broadway musical based on the 2004 comedy film.

Fey, a 1988 Upper Darby High School grad, has said that “Mean Girls” was loosely based on her experience at the school. Her time in the ‘burbs has also inspired SNL jokes about mouse droppings and her perfect Delaware County accent.

As you might’ve guessed, the students at Upper Darby High School freaked out about her visit on Wednesday.

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“It was very exciting,” said Dana Spino, Upper Darby School District’s manager of media services. “At the production company’s request, we did not tell students or staff ahead of time that she would be here. There were plenty of students and faculty members alike that were pleasantly surprised.”

Spino said Fey visited the school between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and was accompanied by a dozen or so production crew members. She also said Fey came with her childhood friend and met with a handful of students who had seen the “Mean Girls” musical as part of their choir trip. Fey met individually with some of her former teachers, including her music teacher and summer stage director, Spino added.

Not everyone was lucky enough to see her though.

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