Newport News High School
Cheerleading Squads

The "Cheers" Sheet from One
of the Pep Rallies

Courtesy of Susan Whitcomb Harlin
('72) of TX - 05/14/03
Thanks, Susan!

FOR MORE CHEERS, SEE THE
BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.


Click on each year below for more images and stories.
 

09/09/10

1954 - Senior Head - Donna Keranen ('54)
Junior Head - not designated in 1954 Anchor

 
04/08/04

1955 - Varsity Head - Sue Hart ('55)
Junior Varsity Head - Carol Wornom ('57)

 
04/07/04

1956 - Varsity Head - Carolyn Simpson ('56)
Junior Varsity Head - Evelyn Fryer ('58)

 
04/07/04

1957 - Varsity Head - Carol Wornom ('57)
Junior Varsity Head - Kay Knight ('59)

 

03/30/04

1958 - Varsity Head - Evelyn Fryer ('58)
Junior Varsity Head - Marlene Matthews ('60)

 
03/30/04

1959 - Varsity Head - Kay Knight ('59)
Junior Varsity Head - Judi Hawley ('61)

 

03/29/04

1960 - Varsity Head - Marlene Matthews ('60)
Junior Varsity Head - Jane Walker ('62)

 
03/30/04

1961 - Varsity Head - Judi Hawley ('61)
Junior Varsity Head - Mary Anas ('63)

 
03/29/04

1962 - Varsity Head - Jane Walker ('62)
Junior Varsity Head -
Jane Coltrain ('64)

 

05/02/07

1963 - Varsity Head - Judy Horton ('63)
Junior Varsity Head - Pauline Collins ('65)

 

03/29/04

1964 - Varsity Head - Jane Coltrain ('64)
Junior Varsity Head - Pam Weaver ('66)

 

04/08/04

1965 - Varsity Head - Pam Smith ('65)
Junior Varsity Head - Sharon Adcock ('67)

 
06/05/06

 1966 - Varsity Head - Pam Weaver ('66)
Junior Varsity Head - Joyce Mabe ('68)

 
07/18/10

1967 - Varsity Head - Sherry Bell ('67)
Junior Varsity Head - Maria Cruz ('69)

 
 

1968 - Varsity Head -
Junior Varsity Head -

 
11/15/07

 1969 - Varsity Head -
Junior Varsity Head -

 
 

In my father’s attic I found an old copy of the “Counselor,” the blue handbook that all NNHS eighth graders received in Guidance Class.  
I copied some of the cheers that I remember so fondly to send to you. Perhaps you already have these for the website, but in case
you don’t, here they are. I sent the copy of the Counselor to the NNHS “archivist,”
  Fred Mays ('60 - of VA).

Here are the cheers I copied from the Counselor. These were the cheers that we used when I was a student at NNHS 1954-1959.
 

Strawberry shortcake,
Huckleberry pie.
V-I-C-T-O-R-Y
Are we in it?
Well, I guess!
Newport News High School
Yes, yes, yes!

Jump on the bandstand,
Bang on the tin can.
Who can?  We can!
Nobody else can.
Newport News, Rah! 

Ice cream soda,
Ginger ale pop;
Newport News High School is always on top!
You can stand them on their head;
You an stand them on their feet;
But Newport News High School
Can’t be beat!

What us go?
Us got a lot,
Us got a team that’s red hot.
V-I-C-T-O-R-Y
That spells victory
For Newport High!


Beat me, daddy, eight to the bar,
Maury High ain’t going very far.
Scrub me, mamma, with a boogie beat,
Come on Newport, Turn on the heat!

How do you like your oysters?
Raw. Raw.
How do you like your cabbage?
Slaw, slaw.
How do you like your sugar?
Sweet. Sweet.
How do you like Hampton?
Beat. Beat.

The team is in a huddle;
The Captain lowers his head.
They all got together,
And this is what they said.
“You gotta F- I G-H-T
You gotta F-I-G-H-T
You gotta F-I-G-H-T
You gotta fight with all your might;
You gotta fight, fight, fight." 

You’ve got to click your heels,
And clap your hands,
All you people in the stands.
You’ve got to snap your fingers,
And stamp your feet,
'Cause Maury High is gonna get beat!
 

- Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of Northern VA - 10/01/07
Thanks, Aretie!
 

In the July 18th newsletter
Glenn Dye ('60) of TX asked about some of the cheers we used to do at ball games and pep rallies. I remember two that were not listed in   Susan Whitcomb Harlin's ('72 - of TX) list. The first was Two bits, four bits, six bits a dollar, all for Newport stand up and holler. Then we would jump up and scream like crazy. Then there was one that was only used for games with arch-rival Hampton High. It went like this: Crush the Crabbers, Crush the Crabbers, Crush the Crabbers rah! There may have been a second line to this cheer but to the best of my recollection, this one line was simply repeated over and over again.
 
Of course then the Hampton student body would respond with their own cheer: You can't crush a crab, you can't crush a crab, you can fight and fight with all your might but you can't crush a crab! Unfortunately during the annual Turkey Day Classic, they were usually right. In the 1951/52 school year (my first year at NNHS), we came into the game with an impressive 7-2 record but HHS beat us 48-0 and ruined a pretty good season. Actually, they beat us every year I was at NNHS except one and that ended in a tie. But we did make up for it in basketball.
 
- Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 07/21/10
Thanks, Sydney!
 

Be True to Your School

(Beach Boys)

 

 When some loud braggart tries to put me down
And says his school is great
I tell him right away
Now what’s the matter buddy
Ain’t you heard of my school
It’s number one in the state

So be true to your school now
Just like you would to your girl or guy
Be true to your school now
And let your colors fly
Be true to your school

I got a letterman’s sweater
With a letter in front
I got for footbal and track
I’m proud to where it now
When I cruise around
The other parts of the town
I got a decal in back

So be true to your school now
Just like you would to your girl or guy
Be true to your school now
And let your colors fly
Be true to your school

On Friday we’ll be jacked up on the football game
And I’ll be ready to fight
We’re gonna smash ’em now
My girl will be working on her pom-poms now
And she’ll be yelling tonight

So be true to your school now
Just like you would to your girl or guy
Be true to your school now
And let your colors fly
Be true to your school

Rah rah rah be true to your school
Rah rah rah be true to your school
Rah rah rah be true to your school
Rah rah rah be true to your school


Cheerleader clip art courtesy of http://www.school-clip-art.com/Cheerleading_clipart.shtml - 03/29/03

"Be True to You School" midi courtesy of http://www.undercoverdesign.com/dosghost/music/btru2ys2.mid,
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA  - 08/14/04
Thanks, Dave!

"Be True to You School" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyricsfreak.com/b/beach-boys/13905.html,
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA  - 08/14/04
Thanks again, Dave!

 

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