The evolution of Long Island cheerleaders

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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