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Young Yellers: 1943

Young Yellers: 1943

October 1943. Washington, D.C. "Woodrow Wilson High School cheerleaders leading students in a yell at a football game against Georgetown Preparatory." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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We called them "yell leaders"

We had an all-male squad when I was in high school (45-50 years ago), but the "cheerleader" moniker had been tossed. Not sure if that was specifically due to the feminine connotations or not.

October 22

Wilson High's Green Tigers defeated Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas, 14-0, October 22, 1943.

My father

My father was a cheerleader at Western State Teachers College, now Western Michigan University, in 1931-32. That group was male-only as well. Here's my question: When did cheerleading become predominately female? Not that I'm complaining...

The girl trio

You can see down and to the right the spot where Esther is headed next (or just was) with her tripod.

[She wouldn't need a tripod or find one useful for this assignment. -tterrace]

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