Let’s hear that RFH cheer for football! The varsity game between RFH and Somerville may have been moved to Sunday due to adverse field conditions from yesterday’s surprise snow, but RFH spirits always soar.
Can we have a retro cheer for the football season ahead?
Yes, it’s basketball season at RFH. But, have you ever seen a lovelier bunch of cheerleaders?
OK, you just may have — like the guys who cheered for that 1977 RFH Powder Puff Football game.
Well, this Retro Pic of the Day features a different bunch from a different class and for a different game — the RFH Student-Faculty Basketball Game. But do you know exactly what year it was? And who are those faculty photo bombers in the background?
Here’s a clue: It looks like John Kirman is the tallest one in the photo above of the “girls” getting set and standing for a new routine.
— Elaine Van Develde
Yes, it’s RFH Basketball season. You’ve seen these RFH “ladies” before …
They cheered on the crowd and the players in that infamous 1970s student-faculty basketball game.
And they were such a hit, we’ve conjured them up from the past to cheer on some good weather. We’re hoping they can summon a slam dunk in brighter, warmer days ahead with those good looks, great outfits and tons of RFH spirit (of the past).
So, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day, honors the “girls” from yet another vantage point on the court.
“Hey, purple! Hey, white!”
Nothin like a gaggle of good cheerleaders from the past to get those sunny day vibrations going — or at least crack a smile on a dank day.
Recognize these gals? How about some of the teachers in the background? I spy Dewey Robinson.
Thanks, once again, to the fabulous George Day, for this priceless pic of the RFH past!
— Elaine Van Develde
In the interest of giving equal time to the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) girls of the football season, the Retro Pic of the Day zooms in on the cheerleaders of the past.
This above photo features the varsity cheerleaders of RFH in 1975-76.
Notice how the captains of the squad’s letters are RF only and they’re in white. Hmmm.
And then there were those catchy cheers with all that stomping, pom-pomming, clapping and megaphones. Aaaaaand “Hey, purple! Hey white! You look so good to meeeeee … Hey, hey, hey purple, hey white …” Who remembers one? Don’t be shy now!
Recognize these girls?
What do you miss about the role of the cheerleader in the past versus the present? What do you like better now about the cheering squads and what is now a dance team?
What would a string of cheerleading for the team pics be without a cap-off of some special cheerleaders leaving the scene of the cheer?
So, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day is a vision — of those crazy 1970s dudes and their “different” idea of cheering for the team and, well, those outfits.
So, here’s to that big cheer for RFH football, champions and, yes, those cheerleaders of the past.
Now, does anyone know who these guys are and whose skirts they’re sporting here?
Many thanks to the one and only George Day for capturing this gem of a look into the RFH past!
— Elaine Van Develde
The 1977 RFH Powder Puff Football game was a good one that made for some great photo opps.
We saw a glimpse of that scene in the last Retro Pic of the (George) Day.
But, what must be remembered as well is the male cheerleading squad that hip, hip and hurrahed those junior and senior girls to athletic success on the field. It’s a wonder the girls could concentrate on the game with all that adroit beefcake wile calling like Sirens on the sidelines.
The girls played with what looked like a coordinated feminine fashion finesse — coordinated pig tails, pony tails, turtle necks, gloves and bandanas.
Those boys cheering them on, however, had their own feminine mystique in wardrobe going on.
They’ve been seen before, but here’s another (double dose, different angles) glimpse of the boys of the cheering squad clad in girls’ uniforms with their own special fashion plate additions of hotsie totsie work boots and long underwear.
Some of these guys of the RFH Class of ’78 still live in the area. Recognize anyone? One is a former Fair Haven policeman and another is a Rumson dad.
Hip, hip … holy cartwheel!
Thanks, once again, to George Day for providing this classic look into the past!
In keeping with the spirit of the recent Knollwood School Hoops for Hearts tournament in Fair Haven, we decided to bring back a hearty glimpse of some favorite RFH cheerleaders, courtesy of the great photography work of George Day.
No, they were not cheering for a Hoops for Hearts basketball event, but just think what kind of funds they could have raised for such a cause back in the day — by virtue of how they simply wear their uniforms.
They’re running to their main stage in front of the bleachers here for a 1970s RFH Powder Puff Football competition.
I can’t remember, but someone must have missed a pass while getting a gander of this appearance.
These guys are flipping wigs and losing, uh, parts making this run!