South O'Brien High School
Cheer and Dance Team
Coach: Kris Faust
South O'Brien Fight Song
2013-2014 Cheer & Dance Team Rosters
2013 Fall Squad 2013-2014 Winter Cheer and Dance Squad
* = Captains
Just a little history. . .
November 2 is the official birthday of cheerleading, which began in 1898.
In the 1880s, Princeton University supporters frequently cheered in unison from the stands. In 1884, a Princeton graduate named Thomas Peebles moved to Minneapolis and shared Princeton's cheering ideas.
November 2, 1898 was the University of Minnesota football team's final game against Northwestern University. Minnesota had been losing games, and the student newspaper published an editorial and said, "Any plan that would stir up enthusiasm for athletics would be helpful."
So a group of young men from the University of Minnesota decided to lead the whole crowd in cheering, and on this day in 1898, Johnny Campbell picked up a megaphone, stood in front of the crowd of spectators, and directed them to yell: "Rah, Rah, Rah! Ski-U-Mah! Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Rah! Varsity! Varsity! Minn-e-so-tah!" The crowd shouted so enthusiastically that Minnesota was inspired and won the game 17-6.
For 25 years, cheerleading was an activity only for men. In 1923, the University of Minnesota created the first female cheerleading squad, but it wasn't until the 1940s that women became the majority of cheerleaders. These days, cheerleading is 97 percent women at a high school level.
Cheer is still not considered an official sport in many states, but it is a dangerous one — of the 3 million female high school athletes, 12 percent are cheerleaders, but it accounts for 65 percent of catastrophic injuries.