Dr. Leland Olson was a student in the Palmyra school district in the 1930’s. When Leland’s father died unexpectedly before he graduated from high school, the mayor and school principal stepped in to help his family continue to operate the family hardware store. This allowed Leland to finish high school, move on to college and eventually graduate from medical school.
The Olson Family found a meaningful way to share their gratitude with the city of Palmyra by funding a multi-million-dollar athletic complex. Finalized in 2019, the sports complex includes a new synthetic soccer & football field, all-weather track, stadium seating for 650 spectators, a press box, team meeting rooms, concessions, equipment storage, and a baseball field with seating for 250 spectators. These changes help the Palmyra High School and the OR1 District to realize dreams of hosting regional and district meets and tournaments.
“We are proud to support the people of Palmyra. The Village helped foster the educational growth of our father.” - Dr. David L. Olson