(Photo Credit: BFA St. Albans Athletics)
(Photo Credit: BFA St. Albans Athletics)
Ollie Dunlap

St. Albans


Inducted 2013

A multi-sport star at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans, Dunlap was most renowned for his football prowess. He is regarded as one of the best if not the premier running back in the state’s history, leading BFA to state football titles in his junior and senior years. Fast and nearly unstoppable as a ball carrier, he scored 29.6 points per game while piling up yardage on the ground playing for the legendary Bob White. He also earned high school gridiron All-American honors as a senior and was a member of the 1960 Vermont Shrine football team.

On the track, he won five individual state championships, the 100, 220 and high jump as a junior and the 100 and high jump again as a senior. He helped lead BFA to the Class L state basketball championship as a senior in 1960.

Dunlap attended Michigan State on a football scholarship playing on the Big Ten Spartans freshman squad. He went on to play for the Toronto Rifles in the Continental Football League and was a member of the Washington Redskins practice squad.

He later mentored youth and boxers in the Washington, D.C. area, including Olympic and world champion Sugar Ray Leonard. He was inducted into the Washington (D.C.) Boxing Hall of Fame and the Vermont Principals Association Hall of Fame and was awarded a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from the U.S. Congress.

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