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. 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.
This page from the 1931 Buzzer shows the yell leader and the song leader who had been elected by the student body in 1930. Their names were Asa Spackman and John Anderson.
Sherry Peck, Max Adams, and Bonnie Mae Hill were elected cheer-leaders in 1945.
Cheerleaders cheer at a Homecoming game in 1965.
A cheer team of young girls marched in the Homecoming parade of 1950.
The 1962 Cheerleading Squad at a Homecoming Game.
The cheerleaders from 1964 cheer at the Homecoming game.
A group photo of cheerleaders c. 1965.
A group photo of cheerleaders from the late 60s.
 Buzzer, 1931. https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/buzzer/22/
 Utah State University Photographic Services Collection, 1943-1984. USU_P0376. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library Special Collections and Archives. Logan, Utah.