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Tracks of the Richwood Tiger
Spirit

Like Princeton University, Richwood High School's mascot was the tiger and our colors were orange and black.  So we borrowed our alma mater from that Ivy League school.

Although Yale has always favored
The violet’s dark blue,
And the gentle sons of Harvard
To the crimson rose are true,
We will own the lily slender
Nor honor shall we lack
While the Tiger stands defender
Of the Orange and the Black.


1962, page 60 (colorized)

At RHS, the varsity players and cheerleaders were generally members of the junior and senior classes, while the sophomores were "reserves."


1965, page 50

Our gym didn’t have room on the sidelines for many cheerleaders, so there were only four who cheered for the reserve games (in white sweaters) and four for the varsity games (in black sweaters:  Sheila Ward bottom, Pat Hoffman center, Janet Sampson and Pat Ransome top).  During timeouts, they ran onto the floor for choreographed shouting.  I don't recall that this ever involved forming the letter R.  Presumably the girls above are in formation for the photographer's benefit.

At a pep rally my freshman year, we all received the mimeographed words and clapping instructions so that we could join the cheerleaders in a “real hep” chant.  It was also reproduced on page 49 of the 1962 yearbook.

          STOP!
Have you heard about the burg
They’re all whispering about
Called TIGERTOWN?

They’ve got a mess of kids
And they all like to shout
About TIGERTOWN!

They’ve got a real hep coach
And a really neat team.

If you want to win tonight,
All you’ve got to do is scream
TIGERTOWN!
          Tigertown!
                    Tigertown!

PET PEEVES:  CONNIE CAMERON
Babysitting for bratty kids


1963, page 65


1965, page 50

When I myself was a sophomore, the reserve football cheerleaders were obliged to wear generic black and white.  Above are Pat Livensparger, Connie Cameron, and Jo Ann Prichard.

By my senior year, the reserve basketball cheerleaders had proper outfits, including sweaters with the orange R and their name in stitching.  At left, from top:  Deb Hoffman, Pam DeGood, Rita Hamilton, Nancy Kyle. 

 

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