Black and white photograph of a male cheerleader mid-jump
"Rice Institute Yell Leader." (1950) Rice University: https://hdl.handle.net/1911/77264.
Originally called yell leaders, cheerleading started in 1916. The squad was male-only until 1953. In April of that year, Jane Ryba, Joan Ryba, and Carolyn Thomas were elected as the first female cheerleaders.
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