News Archive 2009-2018

Then and Now: Cheerleading at Bowdoin Archives


The 1957 cheerleading squad at Bowdoin had a daunting job: they had to rally the spirits of a campus that had a football team on a serious losing streak. But they managed to rise to the occasion, according to the Bowdoin Bugle.

These days the cheerleading squad, a student-run organization, is considerably more diverse – though in these shots from a few years ago, they lack the striped scarves and jaunty white caps of their predecessors.

Pictured here are the cheerleading squads and yearbook write-ups from 1950 and 1956. Recent photos by Brian Beard; older photos from Bowdoin Bugle volumes.