First Official Cheerleader

Johhny Campbell coordinates a team to lead the crowd on a football game cheering for University of Minnesota team
Johhny Campbell coordinates a team to lead the crowd on a football game cheering for University of Minnesota team

Historical Context

Although there are records of established cheers being used at US colleges as early as the 1870s, Johnny Campbell is recognized as the first cheerleader to direct a crowd.

In 1898 he organized the crowd at a University of Minnesota game using the cheer "Rah, Rah, Rah! Ski-u-mah, Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Rah! Varsity! Varsity! Varsity, Minn-e-So-Tah!", a cheer still used today.

Photo Info


Date taken: November 2, 1898
Location taken: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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  • 1898-11-02 Cheerleading begins in the United States as Johnny Campbell leads the crowd cheering on the football team at the University of Minnesota

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