Gussie Nell Davis

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Gussie Nell Davis is best known for creating a "first" for Texas and the nation when Kilgore College hired her in 1940 to organize a group of girls to perform at half-time college football games. Her efforts produced the Kilgore College Rangerettes, the first girls’ drill team to ever perform on a football field.

Mrs. Davis honors for her work include being named the 1965 Honorary Citizen of Fort Worth and a State of Texas House of Representatives Certificate of Citation. She has received the International Civitan Citizenship Award in 1969 and the Cotton Bowl Association 25th Anniversary Participation Award in 1974. In 1978, Texas Woman’s University, named Mrs. Davis as a Distinguished Alumnae of Texas Woman’s University, and a women’s dormitory at Kilgore College bears her name.

At the 1996 Texas Dance/Drill Team Educators’ Association’s convention, she was inducted into the TDDTEA Hall of Fame. (The name was changed to Texas Dance Educators’ Association (TDEA) in 2002.)





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