The Mission High School Bears made history on Thanksgiving Day when they won their first San Francisco Academic Athletic Association championship in 57 years. This week it became official, as Mayor Ed Lee proclaimed Dec. 12 “Mission High School Football AAA Championship Day.”

On hand for the celebration were 49ers alumni Dwight Clark, Guy McIntyre and Dennis Brown.

It was a special occasion, notes Jared Muela, the 49ers’ youth football coordinator:

“This championship is the second enormous victory for the team this season. The first came on September 3rd, when they again were able to put a team on the field and get the 2011 season underway. Two years ago Mission High School almost had to discontinue their football program because of poor grades and participation. Coach Albano took this challenge head on and has resurrected a program most thought would fall by the wayside.”

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Rigoberto Hernandez is a journalism student at San Francisco State University. He has interned at The Oregonian and The Orange County Register, but prefers to report on the Mission District. In his spare time he can be found riding his bike around the city, going to Giants games and admiring the Stable building.

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