Cheers

When UNC began participating in intercollegiate sports in the 1890s, students developed a series of school cheers for the games and pep rallies. Unlike the alma mater and other school songs, the "university yells" were not set to music. Among the most popular was the "Yackety Yack," from which the college yearbook took its name, and variations on a cheer involving spelling the word "Carolina." The cheers published in the 1902 handbook were typical of those used early in the twentieth century:

Hackie, Hackie, Hackie,
Sis Boom Bah,
Carolina, Carolina,
Rah Rah Rah.
Boom Ray Ray
Boom Ray Ray
Carolina Varsity
S-s-s- Boom Tar Heel.
Yackety Yack Hooray Hooray
Yackety Yack Hooray Hooray
Carolina Varsity
Boom Rah Boom Rah
Car-o-li-na.

School cheers continued to appear in student handbooks for several decades. It appears that by the 1960s they were no longer in regular use.


Date Established: 1900

Date Range: 1900 – Present

This page of "Songs and Yells" is from the 1935-36 student handbook. North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library.