||Carlton was a three-sport standout especially noted as a slick-fielding shortstop for the Panther baseball team. A three season starter on the diamond, he paced North Central A League championship teams in 1955, '56 and '57. As a senior, Carlton hit at a .475 clip and challenged opponents with speed on the base paths. He earned an "All-State" shortstop berth and started in the "14th Annual P-I State versus Seattle All-Star Classic" at Sick's Stadium in Seattle. Carlton was also named to the "North Central League All-Conference" team.
As a gridder, he started for three seasons at halfback, defensive back and punted. On the basketball court, Carlton was a two year starter at guard and set a WHS school record by hitting 12 for 12 free throws in a game against Gonzaga Prep.
Panther hoop coach Jerry Carlton said, "Whatever sport he played and regardless of whatever level it was, Carlton Olson emerged as the leader - the all-star - the winner."
In all, he earned eight letters and served as captain of the football team. Carlton went on to start as an infielder for University of Washington baseball teams from 1958-61, including the 1959 Pacific Coast Conference Northern Division champions that qualified for the College World Series Tournament. The '59 squad was honored by induction into The Husky Hall of Fame.
- Caricatures of inductees as they appeared while involved in WHS athletics and the synopsis of accomplishments are drawn and written by Jeff Mertes.