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The Union Spirit program  - which is part of the Athletics Department - exists to promote school spirit at Union sporting and community events. The success of Union spirit squads has led to unparalleled growth and demand for additional activities. The Union Spirit program encompasses Grades 8-12. Almost three-fourths of those squads hold some type of state, regional or national title.


The mission of the Union Athletic Department is to help our student-athletes reach their highest academic and athletic potential; to inspire champions today and prepare leaders for tomorrow.

Spirit Program (8-12th)

Union spirit squads are truly among the best in Oklahoma and in the United States. Varsity Pom and the Highsteppers, Union’s Varsity Dance Team, continue their tradition of excellence, racking up state and national accolades as well. They are outstanding performers and are an integral part of all football, basketball and wrestling events.  In addition, spirit squads perfrom at pep rallys, kick-offs and other school events.  Most importantly, they instill pride, character and teamwork in their members and offer students many valuable opportunities to develop skills that will stay with them for a lifetime to come.

The Union Spirit program provides positive, challenging programs in which dedication to excellence and promotion of school spirit is emphasized. Through a consistent, disciplined and leveled approach, parents, coaches and administrators work together to ensure each squad member receives the following benefits of the program:

  • Competency in many movement forms and proficiency in a few movement forms
  • Knowledge and application of movement concepts and principles to the learning and development of motor skills
  • Maintenance of a health-enhancing level of physical fitness
  • Knowledge and application of positive personal and social behavior in physical activity settings
  • Knowledge and application of respecting differences among people in physical activity settings
  • Knowledge and application of physical activity and the enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and social interaction that comes from physical activity

In addition being a competitive member of a Union Spirit Squad will provide an:

  • Increased level of physical fitness and performance skills in a safe environment
  • Ability to work as a contributing member of a team, sharing the team's common goal and purpose
  • Ability to respect themselves, peers and adult authority figures
  • A clear understanding and demonstration of the rules of good sportsmanship
  • Increased academic performance level

Students are required to tryout to be a member of a secondary spirit squad. Spirit clinics will be held each spring and are supervised by an assistant athletic director and the coaches from each discipline. All candidates must attend everyday of spirit clinics to tryout.  Tryouts take place in the spring for the following year. 

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Squad Make-Up

Union Spirit Squads may be made up of the following grade levels:

  • Pom / Cheer

    • Varsity – 12th, 11th, 10th and 9th grades

    • JV – 11th and 10th grades

    • Ninth – 9th grade

    • Eighth – 8th grade

  • Highstepper

    • Highsteppers (Varsity) – 12th, 11th, 10th and 9th grades

    • JV Highsteppers (JV) – 11th, 10th and 9th grades

    • 8th Grade Highsteppers


Summer Camp

All secondary squad memebers must attend summer camp. Summer camp is mandatory. After the new squads are chosen in the spring, mandatory practices prior to summer camp will occur to prepare for the competition held at camp.


  • Squads may begin practicing at the coach’s discretion following Aug. 1 of the given school year.

  • Practice times for the 8th Grade squads is after school. Specific practice times and locations are determined solely by the coaches.

  • Varsity, JV and 9th Grade squads are given one hour during the school day to practice. Additional practices before and after school will be scheduled as well. 


Competitions are encouraged and expected for our cheerleading squads. The following is an approximation for the squads:

  • Varsity squad participants should plan to attend a State competition and an additonal 3-4 competitions per year including Regional and National level competitions.
  • Junior-Varsity squad participants should plan to attend State competition and an additonal 3-4 competitions per year including Regional and National level competitions. Any competitions out-of-state but will be within an approved driving distance of 5 hours or 300 miles from the Tulsa area.
  • 9th grade squad participants should plan to attend a State competition and an additonal 2-3 in-state competitions
  • 8th grade squad participants should plan to attend State competition and an additonal 2-3 in-state competitions.
  • All competitions will be chosen by the coaches and approed by the director of atheltics.
  • All competition times, locations and dates will be announced at a later date.


Union Redskins, hats off to thee
To our colors true will ever be,
Firm and strong united are we.
Rah, rah, rah, rah
Rah, rah, rah, rah
Loyal to Union High.

Union Public Schools

Union Youth Football Association - Spirit

UYFA consists of spirit squads 1-7.

For Information contact: Union Youth Football Association
(Member of Indian Nations Football Conference)
UYFA website:
UYFA Spirit website:
Spirit Leader 
LaRae Ludwig
Email: [email protected]
Cell: 918-671-4756


Emily Barkley

Emily Barkley
Director of Athletics / Biography

Athletics Office
6836 S. Mingo Road
Tulsa, OK 74133
Phone 918-357-7410
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Coronavirus Updates

Free Drive-Thru Meals for Children

Union Schools is offering FREE drive-thru meal pick-ups at three locations. Details

Last Day of School is May 22

Friday, May 22 will be the last day of school for the 2019-20 year. Additional time will be added to the school day for students in grades 6-8 beginning Monday, March 23, and continue through the end of the school year.

“Due to two days of school that were cancelled due to inclement weather, the district calendar had to be adjusted to meet the minimum state requirement of 1,080 hours of instruction,” Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler said. “We wanted to adjust the calendar so students don’t have to come back after Memorial Day.

Modifications to the school schedule will be made as follows:

  1. Add one day at the end of the year, with Friday, May 22, being the last day of school;
  2. Elementary schools:  No change to the schedule. They have enough school hours to meet the required 1,080 hours.
  3. 6th & 7th Grade Center:  4 minutes added to the end of the school day effective Monday, March 23 (the day after spring break). 
  4. 8th Grade Center:  2 minutes added to the end of each day after March 23.
  5. Union High School Freshman Academy:  No change to current times.
  6. Union High School:  Friday, April 10 will be a “virtual day,” with students working on assignments from home.  

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Phone: 918-357-4321

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