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Cheerleaders and Songleaders

In the 1930s, cheer-leaders were young men elected by the student body to be in charge of school spirit and student-section cheering at sporting events. There were usually two positions available: the cheer-leader or yell-leader, who would do tricks and other crazy antics on the field or court to get the attention of the crowd and, the song-leader, who would lead and sometimes write spirited chants or songs for the students to sing.[1] The tradition of entire cheer-leading squads did not begin until the late 1940s. By the mid 1950s, USU had welcomed a separate cheerleading squad composed almost entirely of women.[2] 

[1] Buzzer, 1931. https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/buzzer/22/

[2] Utah State University Photographic Services Collection, 1943-1984. USU_P0376. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library Special Collections and Archives. Logan, Utah.