Class of 1946
Inducted in 2014
Ted was inducted into the SHSAA Packer Sports Greats in 2014.
Ted Bertagni was known as the “Mayor of Center Street.” He was named to the All-Intercity and All-State Football Teams in 1945. Ted also played baseball for SHS, earning a letter in both sports. He played right field for Cornie Collin on the Omaha Metz Legion baseball team.
After graduation, Ted enrolled at Wyoming University hoping to play both football and baseball. Later that year Ted enlisted in the Marines and made the All-Marine football team as a guard in 1947. He also played baseball and learned to box, taking second place in the Golden Gloves while in the Marines.
He attained the rank of corporal and was offered the rank of sergeant if he would sign up for one more year of football. He declined and returned to Omaha to be with his family and marry his sweetheart, Mary, in 1949.
Ted opened T & M Auto Sales and Ted’s Standard Service Station on Center street in 1964. He was extremely active in Holy Cross parish, leading the annual parish festival and driving the school bus. He was the Boy Scout Troop 76 leader for more than 25 years and played Santa Claus every Christmas.
Ted died in 1995, and his son Monsignor Ted Bertagni accepted the award on behalf of the family.