Sandra Harris was born in 1952 in West Virginia, where her father was a coal miner. Her family moved to Ann Arbor when she was in second grade. Harris remembers being on the homecoming court at Pioneer High School and participating in student-led marches during the late 1960s. She received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from Eastern Michigan University. She was a school administrator in the Ann Arbor Public Schools as well as other districts. In addition to her service as an educator, she was also a longtime caretaker for her nephew and her mother.
Ann Arbor News, August 11, 1979
Patricia Ashford Manley was born in 1945 in Ann Arbor, and she was raised by her mother. She remembers attending Jones Elementary School and trying out for cheerleading at Ann Arbor High School. Manley graduated from Western Michigan University in 1970 and later earned her master’s in counseling from Eastern Michigan University. She worked as a teacher, cheerleading coach, and guidance counselor at Huron High School for thirty-one years, and was principal of Thurston Elementary School for ten years. She and her husband Lamont Manley enjoy traveling and going to concerts together. They have been married for 43 years.
Pioneer High Cheerleader At Football Game vs. Huron, September 29, 1972 (Pioneer 13, Huron 12) Photographer: Jack Stubbs
Cheerleaders at Third Football Matchup Between Pioneer and Huron High, September 29, 1972 (Pioneer 13, Huron 12) Photographer: Jack Stubbs
Dick Kimball was born in 1935 in Rochester, Minnesota. He was the Minnesota high school diving champion four years in a row, and he also excelled in gymnastics, trampoline, and cheerleading. At the University of Michigan, he was the NCAA springboard champion in 1957, and in 1963 he was the Professional World Diving champion. Kimball coached the University of Michigan diving team for 43 years, and several U.S. Olympic diving teams. He has been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor.
Dick Kimball was interviewed by students from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor in 2018 as part of the Legacies Project.
High School Cheerleaders assemble at Hill Auditorium for the third annual cheerleaders clinic, November 1952
Ann Arbor News, November 8, 1952
Learning To Lead Cheers: The University this morning held its third annual cheerleaders clinic. Some 2,916 students and faculty representatives from 283 Michigan schools attended, according to University estimates. Shown here entering Hill Auditorium, the scene of the clinic in guiding organized shouting, are groups from three Michigan high schools. In the foreground, backs to camera, are girls from Union City High School. Approaching the building are four cheerleaders from Ecorse High School and behind them are five from Belding High School.