Football team rivalries for San Francisco high schools are traditions. Even though some of the schools have been closed, or have changed their names, no one would think of changing The City championship Turkey Day Game tradition. Important note: City kids never call this the “Turkey Bowl,” it’s the Turkey Day Game.
The story goes, 88 years ago Lowell High School (opened in 1856) was to play arch rival Polytechnic High School (always called Poly, open from 1895 to 1972) on the Friday before Thanksgiving. It rained and the game was moved to Thanksgiving morning. And the Turkey Day Game, proclaiming the City’s high school football champions, has been played on Thanksgiving morning ever since then.
The game is held at Kezar Stadium, located in the southeastern corner of Golden Gate Park. In 1928, the Turkey Day Game drew a crowd of more than 50,000 people. That game still holds the attendance record for a high school football game in Northern California.
This year, Washington High School will play Mission High School starting at 11 am.