The Kilgore Rangerettes: Texas Lifestyle Magazine

The Kilgore Rangerettes—A Texas Tradition Alive & Kicking: Texas Lifestyle Magazine — October 2015.

It was September 12, 1940. At the half-time of a college football game in the sleepy little town of Kilgore in East Texas — population less than 7,000 at that time — three dozen young women decked out with white hats and red, white and blue uniforms took the field to entertain the crowds with a dance routine. On that day, the Kilgore Rangerettes made history and changed the future of football halftime entertainment across the country.

Known as the “Sweethearts of the Gridiron,” the Rangerettes tradition is still alive and high-kicking today. Celebrating their 75th anniversary this year, the team pioneered the field of dancing drill teams now seen across the nation. The Rangerettes have only had three directors in three-quarters of a century: Gussie Nell Davis (1940-1979), Deana Bolton Covin (1979-1993), and Dana Blair (1993-present).

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