Four Rice University cheerleaders standing on the shoulders of their male team members during a football game at Rice Stadium. Two of them are holding their hands above their heads. Spectators can be seen seated on the bleachers in the background. Original resource is a black and white photograph.
"Cheerleaders in formation at football game, Rice University." (1982) Rice University: http://hdl.handle.net/1911/77267.
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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