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By Jayna Morris
NKU Marketing + Communications

Years before Northern Kentucky University had a championship-winning cheerleading squad, there were the Golden Girls.

While we didn’t have Betty White, Beatrice Arthur, Estelle Getty, or Rue McClanahan, NKU’s Golden Girls and the popular sitcom of the same name did exist simultaneously for nearly four years.

NKU’s Golden Girls drill team formed in 1971, originally led by Irene Brownfield, who was secretary to then-academic vice president and founding father Dr. Ralph Tesseneer.

For 18 years, the Golden Girls were an integral part of promoting school spirit on campus and performing during halftime at basketball games and various campus events.

Here, the Golden Girls are pictured in Cincinnati’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in March 1974.