Cheerleading began at Mizzou with the "Yell Leaders," a small, all-male group in the 1909-1910 academic year.
|The first cheerleaders at Mizzou: the "Yell Leaders" in 1910 (Savitar 1910).|
|The "Yell Leaders" in action at the game (Courtesy of the State Historical Society of Missouri, C3422).|
Cheerleaders, as they are now called, continued to be an all-male group.
|A cheerleader yells out a cheer to the crowd at the football game (Savitar, 1929).|
The first females join the cheerleaders in 1937.
|The first female cheerleaders from left to right: Betty Smith Jenkins, Betty Ann Ohnemus Robinson, and Jane Jones Cunningham (Courtesy of University Archives, C:1/121/4).|
Mizzou Cheerleaders remain a small group of men and women at the beginning of the 1940s, but grow by the end of the decade.
|Cheerleaders in 1941 (Savitar, 1941).|
|Cheerleading grows and uniforms become more consistent by 1949 (Savitar, 1949).|
In 1954 cheerleaders were made an organization under the Student Government Association.
|Cheerleaders in 1957 (Savitar, 1957).|
|Two cheerleaders show off their jumping skills in the mid-20th cnetury. One of these cheerleaders is Aileen Faurot Edwards (BS HE '58), the daughter of Don Faurot (Courtesy of Gary Smith).|
Mizzou has its first African American cheerleader in 1965.
|Audrey Wilson Rowe (BMS '67), pictured in the lower left corner, was Mizzou's first African American cheerleader (Savitar, 1965).|
|Cheerleader at a football game in 1967 (Savitar, 1967).|
The 1970s were a prosperous time for cheerleaders.
|Two cheerleaders show off their moves in 1970 (Savitar, 1970).|
|The tiger mascots, in the background, mimic the pose the two cheerleaders strike at a football game (Courtesy of the University Archives, C:1/141/11).|
In the 1980s, cheering came under the purview of the Department of Athletics.
|Cheerleaders pose in front of the M in 1980 (Savitar, 1980).|
Mizzou's current cheerleading coach, Suzy Thompson, came to Mizzou in 1993. She led the 1996-1997 team to their first national championship in 1997.
|The first National Championship cheerleading team at Mizzou (Savitar, 1997).|
Cheering remains a strong tradition for sporting events at Mizzou.
|Cheerleaders at a basketball game in 2003 (Savitar, 2003).|
|Cheerleader at 2003 football game (Savitar, 2003).|
Cheerleaders continue to compete and place at championships.
|Cheerleaders at NCA-NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championships in 2016 (Courtesy of MU Cheer Squad).|