HOW THIS UNIQUE GROUP CAME TO BE
According to Aggie lore, the Aggies were badly losing during a 1907 football game, causing cadets’ dates to threaten to leave. The upperclassmen ordered freshmen to entertain the ladies, so they raided a janitor’s closet and changed into white coveralls they found. While leading the crowd in yells, they received so much attention that it was decided only upperclassmen would have the honor of leading yells in the future. Although this legend probably lacks some truth (the Aggies went 6-1-1 in 1907 and were undefeated at home), the tale has been passed down for decades. “That old saying, ‘Never let facts interfere with a really good story,’ is applicable here,” said Richard Biondi ’60, a Yell Leader from 1958 to 1960.