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Our History

Facts About The Golden Bears

  • The Upper Arlington Golden Bear Football team held the State Championship Title in 1967, 1968, 1969, and 2000.
  • The Upper Arlington Golden Bear Football team was State Runner-Up in 1974.
  • In 96 years of football, the Golden Bears have played 957 games with 687 wins and 261 losses, and 24 ties.
  • Seventy players were selected All-Ohio (First and Second teams), and ten were also All-Americans.
  • The Golden Bears have gone to the State Playoffs in 1974, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1988, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2015, 2021, and 2022.


Remembering Coach Marv Moorehead

From 1956 to 1970, Marv Moorehead turned Upper Arlington into the top football program in Ohio. His last six teams’ records were 57-1 (the only loss to the #1 team), ranked in the top five in Ohio each year in Division I, and won three consecutive State Championships before retiring at age 39.

More critical to Coach Moorehead than wins and losses were transforming his players into “better boys.” Psychologists insist a boy cannot become a man without a mentor who teaches him how to become a man. Coach Moorehead mentored hundreds of impressionable young men, teaching them life lessons and helping to form their moral compass.