Derricks and Rangerettes
"What's Left of the Legacy"
Kilgore has been around for some time, a sleepy little hamlet in east Texas for the most part until the 1930s. That's when oil deposits were discovered beneath the soil. Once that happened, oil derricks sprouted around town like wildflowers, covering almost every square block. The wealth from oil revenues enabled the town to build a college, and being a Texas college town, the residents required a football team. In 1940, the college president recruited a bugle and drum corps director to build a program that would keep fans in their seats during halftime, and this led to the creation of the Kilgore College Rangerettes. Formed only a few years after the Radio City Rockettes, the Rangerettes are equally famous for their traditional high kick and jump splits, two features that have spawned numerous copies among the ranks of NFL cheerleaders. Today, the derricks have mostly disappeared, but the Rangerettes are still doing an able job of keeping fans in their seats during halftime.