In the South and Far West, where the sun is dependably bright and warm during most of the football season, the half-time gap once filled by the parading of male students now presents the eye-filling skill of pretty coeds like Carol Card. Carol is a Spartanette, one of six San Jose State College "song-girls" whose syncopated routines in song and dance typify the modern girl's contribution to gridiron entertainment. Without a formal dance instructor, the Spartanettes practice every afternoon to phonograph records and improvise their own steps. Nevertheless the routines of this hyperthyroidal sextet are exciting and professional in finish. Carol, who is 5 feet 2, weighs 118 pounds, majors in radio and television. No longer is half-time a mere matter of marching bands, mascots and the singing of Alma Mater. It's girls, as well.
The gymnastic simplicity of her bright red costume sets off the complicated baton-twirling and acrobatics of Beverly Woolley of Santa Ana (Calif.) High School between the halves of Los Angeles Coliseum game
The military tradition is served grandly at Ole Miss, where epaulets and plumed hats are worn by the Rebel Band Majorettes, pride of the University of Mississippi
A line of Redondo (Calif.) High girls shakes white pompoms in rhythmic display of skill at Los Angeles Coliseum
November 7, 1955
"Band Day" at Duke Stadium, Durham crowds half-time gridiron with prancing girls and blaring bands from 18 high schools of North Carolina and neighboring states