Cheerleading at William and Mary
Cheerleaders at the College of William and Mary were first used for home football games and have evolved over the years to include other sports as well. In the past 80 years, there have been all-male, all-female, co-ed, and Freshman cheerleading squads at the College. The size of the squad has changed over time as well, from 3 in 1924 to 38 in 2008.
1924 - Cheerleaders were deemed a permanent organization made up of 3 men: a Senior, a Junior, and a Sophomore
1926 - Women at the College were allowed to have their own section at home football games to cheer
1927 - The first women cheerleader made the squad
1938 - The first all-female squad debuted for William and Mary home football games.
1950 - The Pep Club was formed as a separate spirit club from the cheerleaders
1961 - A Freshman squad made up of all women debuted
Issues of the Flat Hat are available at http://swem.wm.edu/beta/flathat/browse.cfm.
- Flat Hat, 1/18/1924, pg. 1,8.
- Flat Hat, 10/29/1926, pg. 1.
- Flat Hat, 10/27/1927, pg. 3.
- Flat Hat, 10/11/1938, pg. 1.
- Flat Hat, 5/16/1950, pg. 12.
- Flat Hat, 9/29/1961, pg. 6.
Material in the Special Collections Research Center
- "Athletics--Cheerleaders" folder
- P1989.110 Print of two cheerleaders tumbling on the football
field, c. 1937. Black & white, 7 1/2" x 9 1/2" print on an 8 1/2" x 11" mat.
- P1998.194 Print of cheerleaders at a football game in Zable Stadium, c. 1970s. Photo by Thomas L. Williams. Black & white, 8" x 10" print.
- P1989.186 Print of views of audiences at rainy football games, c. 1970. Black & white prints.
- University Archives Scrapbook Collection,
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