N.C. Central University men’s basketball coach LeVelle Moton and actor Ira David Wood III headline the inductees in the 2017 class of the Wake County Public School System Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame honors outstanding alumni and community leaders who have deeply affected the district through their career or dramatically added to the quality of life in the city, state or nation.
Moton was a star basketball player at Enloe High School in Raleigh who later taught in the Wake County school system. Moton has been the men’s basketball coach at N.C. Central since 2009, leading the Eagles to MEAC regular-season and tournament championships last season.
Wood is an actor, singer and playwright and is the founder and executive director of Raleigh’s Theatre in the Park. He also created the musical comedy adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” which is presented each Christmas season at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.
He’s also the father of actress Evan Rachel Wood and actor Ira David Wood IV.
This year’s five other inductees are:
▪ William Freitag, a former high-ranking Wake County school administrator who was instrumental in the 1976 merger of the Wake County and Raleigh City schools;
▪ Jerry O’Connor, who was general manager for American Airlines at Raleigh-Durham International Airport before his retirement;
▪ Billie Redmond, founder/owner of Trademark Properties whose civic service includes co-chairing the Friends of Wake group that helped get an $810 million Wake County school construction bond referendum passed in 2013;
▪ Bill Seyler, a project manager at Atlantic Coast Contracting who is former chairman of the Wake school system’s School-To-Career Council Leadership Team;
▪ Ann Smith, who helped found First Night Raleigh and has been instrumental in other major art endeavors.
The WakeEd Partnership also announced that Doug McMillan, chief executive officer of the YMCA of the Triangle, will receive the Vernon Malone Friend of Education Award.
This year’s inductees will be honored Oct. 18 at a ceremony at the Raleigh Marriott City Center.