When success for the Jamestown High School football and basketball teams of the late 1940s is mentioned, the name of Donald Theodore "Ted" Olsen is also mentioned.
Olsen was born on November 11, 1930, in Jamestown and participated in sports throughout his childhood, starting at the Jamestown YMCA with HI-Y, table tennis and handball. He also played Church League basketball and was a quadruple letterman at JHS, earning varsity letters in football, basketball, track and baseball.
A highlight of Olsen's 1948 football season at JHS was a three-touchdown performance as the Red Raiders upset North Tonawanda in a game considered to be one of Jamestown's greatest ever.
In 1949, Olsen was selected for The Buffalo Evening News Niagara Frontier All-Star Team for his pass-catching abilities as a right end and his play as a defensive end.