The First 13 Years: A Championship in Waiting

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.



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’s First: Perfection in 1988

By Sam Peoples (QB/S, ‘89) with Mark Huynh (WR/DB, ’90)

To sum up the 1988 season would be a challenge because there were so many intricate factors that came into play. In the end, the key ingredient was team spirit.

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.

Var­sity Cham­pi­onships

Coaching Staff History

Galileo’s Lasting Legacy and Tradition of Coaches

The contributions of every Galileo coach have attributed to the program’s success. The work put in can not be measured by championships alone as each effort is a brick that has laid a foundation for what the program is today; 16 city championships as of 2009 and staying competitive year after year.

Galileo Head Coaches

Mark Huynh (2009-recent, c/o ’90) ***

Kevin Adams (1993-2008)

George White (1973-1992) *

Larry McInerney (1969-1972)

George Poppin (1962-1968)

John “Pope” Illia (1945-1961)

Seb Passanissi (?-1944)

Ras Johnson (1930-1940-?) **