In this week's Inside the Lines, Craig Meyer profiles the Rowdie Rooters, a group of fans from North Hills who have been attending Indians' football games for more than three decades.
"For about three decades, the same scene has greeted every team as it walks out of the visitor's locker room at North Hills' Martorelli Stadium.
Perched atop a grassy bluff overlooking the field stands a small army whose loyalty and passion are unquestionable. Draped in red and white, they gather here four or five Friday nights a year to cheer and play whatever part they can in helping push the home team to a victory.
And just in case a visiting player doesn't know who they are, a white sign bordered by red lights makes it all too clear -- they're the Rowdie Rooters.
Though not "officially" affiliated with North Hills High School, the Rooters are perhaps the most identifiable feature of one of the WPIAL's most hallowed venues. The tradition actually began in the 1977-78 school year with a group of students who cheered together at basketball games and called themselves the Rowdie Rooters."