Galileo Football History: 1921-1933
This post is the writing of Edward Harlbut, Yearbook Staffwriter (June’34), written for the 1934 Galileo yearbook, the Telescope.
Galileo’s thirteen dry years of football were brought to a happy termination on November 7, 1933, when the Lions finally took the bacon off the gridiron for themselves.
SCORES BY SEASON
Galileo 3 – Commerce 14
Galileo 0 – Cogswell 26
(the 9-Man Finish)
Galileo 0 – Lowell 83
(this is not a typo)
Galileo 0 – Mission 7
Galileo 0 – Poly 1 (F)
Galileo 0 – Lick 1 (F)
Galileo had just come off an average season (4-5-2 overall) with a playoff loss to Lincoln, 32-7. The game right before that was a win in a 3-0 battle with Washington. Naturally, Galileo thought they had a chance in the playoffs but the loss to Lincoln was both devastating and embarrassing. The returning players made a pact to not lose like that again.
It took Galileo 13 seasons to win their first city championship in 1933. They doubled it with a 2-peat the next season. Since then, the Lions have eclipsed the city record of 15 championships held by Polytech High with their 16th crown in 2009. Galileo’s most notable championships include 3 undefeated seasons; 1988, 1990, 2001. It’s best string of seasons came in a 3-peat from 1988 to 1990 in which they lost 1 game and had a tie. However, the 2017 team claimed the most historic crown as the first state champion in school and city history.