The evolution of Long Island cheerleaders

The Wellington C. Mepham High School cheerleaders perform

The Wellington C. Mepham High School cheerleaders perform at the Bellmore school's 1982 homecoming game against Calhoun. Both schools are located in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District. (Credit: Merrick Public Library)

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Long Island high school cheerleading squads have changed drastically during the past century. The earliest squads were mostly male-dominated. The uniforms were much more conservative and the routines a far cry from the acrobatic stunts cheerleaders execute today. See the evolution by checking out the photos of local cheerleading squads then and now. Were you a Long Island cheerleader? Send your high school photos to and they may be featured on

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