The Black and Gold 1976
'Black and Gold is Waving'
"Tiger Power -- Black and Gold, I said Tiger Spirit's gonna knock 'um cold..." This well-known cheer seemed to exemplify the zealous and non-stop spirit of McKinleyites throughout the weekly pep rallies held every Friday at lunchtime during the football season and throughout the year. Filling the gymnasium with cheering, yelling, foot stomping and clapping at the rallies, McKinley's energetic and versatile pep squad helped stir up pride, spirit and unity among students while also showing Tiger athletes that their fans were behind them all the way.
Friendly but sometimes fierce competitions in the "Two Bits Yell" were evident as each class tried to out yell the other and show true class spirit. Instead of the usual spirit stick given to the winners of this competition, this year the pep squad awarded a spirit ribbon with a trophy given to the group with the most ribbons at the end of the season. Coming out victorious was the fervent Tiger band, which also provided the lively and rhythmic music at each rally.
Homecoming brought a special day and night pep rally designed to get Tigers into the "spirit of Homecoming." Introduced at this rally was the homecoming court.
Weekly rallies brought special surprises such as the Taikas, the class level squads, the hilarious Band Pep Squad, and the silly but talented Super Seniorettes.
McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017