Galena High School (Illinois)

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Galena High School
Galena High School mascot
1206 N Franklin St.
Galena, Illinois
United States
Coordinates 42°25′39″N 90°26′26″W / 42.4276°N 90.4406°W / 42.4276; -90.4406Coordinates: 42°25′39″N 90°26′26″W / 42.4276°N 90.4406°W / 42.4276; -90.4406
Type Public
School district Galena Unit School District 120
Principal Elizabeth Murphy
Grades 9–12
Color(s)           Royal blue, white
Athletics Northwest Upstate Illini
Mascot Petey the Pirate
Nickname Pirates
Yearbook Ship's Log

Galena High School is the public secondary school in Galena, Illinois, and is part of Galena Unit School District 120. As of 2007, GHS has roughly 260 students. Its current building was built in 1957.

School song[edit]

"Old Galena High" (1928)

Battle cry[edit]

Galena Pirates we're counting on you
To your colors we'll always be true
Firm and strong united are we
that's the Pirate Battle Cry
Onward to victory

Notable alumni[edit]

  • James Wright is the former president of Dartmouth College serving from 1998 to 2009. He is credited[by whom?] with making Dartmouth a more multiracial and multigender campus, hiring more women and minorities to the faculty.
  • LaMetta Wynn, the first African-American female mayor in Iowa, served as Mayor of Clinton, Iowa from 1995 to 2007.

Athletics and activities[edit]

Galena High School competes in the Northwest Upstate Illini Conference and is a member school in the Illinois High School Association. Its teams are known as the Galena Pirates, have the mascot Petey the Pirate, and the colors royal blue and white.[1] The school has 3 state championships on record in team athletics, boys' football in 1997-1998 (1A), 2003-2004 (1A), and 2007-2008 (1A).[2]


Galena High School football has qualified for the state 1A and 2A playoffs every year except two since 1985. The Galena Pirates Football Team won the IHSA Division 1A football championships in 1997, 2003, and 2007. They were runners-up in 1999. In the semi-finals in 2014, they lost to the Forreston Cardinals.[citation needed]

From 1988 to 2003, the football team was coached by Chuck Korte, a former graduate of the school and 8th grade history teacher who retired in 2006. Coach Korte never played high school football as a student, but turned out to be one of the notable coaches in Northwest Illinois: he was inducted into the Illinois Football Coaches Hall of Fame,[3] and the Galena football field is now named for him.[4] The Pirates' rivalries include the East Dubuque Warriors, Le-Win Panthers and Stockton Blackhawks.


  1. ^ "Galena High School". Illinois High School Association. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Galena High School Season Summaries". Illinois High School Association. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "IHSFCA Hall of Fame Selections". Illinois High School Football Coaches Association. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Korte Field". Galena Gazette. Retrieved 10 October 2016.