From the vast Department of Things We Did Not Know: Democratic vice-presidential candidate Tim Kaine was a high school cheerleader.

That nugget comes courtesy of a Sunday Kansas City Star piece about the former Virginia governor’s alma mater headlined “Rockhurst High’s most famous student? Tim Kaine or … Spencer Tracy?” (For the record, we’d go with Tracy, but we digress.) The story ticked off some of the future veep candidate’s achievements at his Kansas City Jesuit high school: “Honor student, cheerleader, council president.”

Now, good grades and early political ambition are practically de rigueur for future pols of America, but not every aspiring officeholder has wielded pom-poms. Corroboration of the resume line comes from a 2014 article in a local paper in Greenwood, Miss., written by a high school classmate who recalled how Kaine, as a “skinny Irish Catholic kid with wavy dark hair,” took up cheerleading in their senior year.

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The word “cheerleader” is often used a political slur (the National Republican Senatorial Committee once made a video attacking Kaine for being Obama’s “number-one cheerleader”), but guys who know their rahs from their sis-boom-bahs actually have a good track record in politics. Cheerleaders who went on to the White House have included George W. Bush (who was, in fact, head cheerleader at Phillips Academy), Ronald Reagan, Franklin Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower.

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