Championship Blue Belles, Blue Babes celebrated

Quinlan Independent School District honored the international award-winning high school Blue Belles drill team and middle school Blue Babes drill team Friday night in pregame homecoming ceremonies.

School board Vice President Rusty Case narrated the teams’ history and winning tradition.

“They have 48 years of a championship tradition in Quinlan ISD,” Case said and presented the following history:

1969 — Quinlan High School created its first pep squad.

1972 — The team first became known as the Quinlan High School Blue Belles drill team.

1976 — Jean Baker became the director, beginning the “Baker Years.” Mrs. Baker was responsible for many of the team’s firsts in worldwide recognition and fame.

1977 — The first floor show or spring show was established for the community.

1978 — The Blue Belles members earned their first trip to a summer camp and comprised the first drill team to be invited to perform at the Hunt County Fair.

1980 — The Kicker Belles were created, and the Blue Belles competed for the first time in school history at a competition and won first place in all routines entered.

1981 — The Blue Belles traveled to Ireland to perform and became world-famous overnight.

1982 — The Blue Belles won their first grand champion title at a contest.

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