The Mesa High Rabbettes were young women who performed at football games, parades and even the 1950 Rose Bowl Parade.
When the group was founded in 1913, it was a coed unit called the “Peppettes.” In 1947, it became an all-female group and was renamed the “Rabbettes” to reflect the Mesa High School mascot, the jackrabbit.
The Rabbettes are known for their talent, as well as for their extravagant and fun costumes over the years. Originally, they wore purple and gold boleros and pep hats. After World War II they wore satin military-style outfits and held American flags. They are perhaps most known for their last look, which was western themed with fringe jackets and cowboy hats and boots.
Marjorie Entz coached the Rabbettes from 1935 until her retirement in 1971. She’s credited with the Rabbettes’ popularity, as she coordinated the complex routines that included marching, baton twirling and rope spinning. She vigorously trained the Rabbettes, as they were expected to arrive at 6 a.m. for practice daily before school as well as during gym class.
Unfortunately, when Entz retired in 1971 there was no one to fill her shoes and the Rabbettes disbanded. The Rabbettes remain an iconic group and a popular image for many Mesa residents.