Wake Ed

Nancy Olson, Orage Quarles among new Wake Hall of Fame inductees

Longtime community leaders and former school employees are among the six honorees announced Wednesday for this year’s class of the Wake County Public School System Hall of Fame.

The new inductees are:

▪ Bob Catapano, the former longtime Sanderson High School athletic director and men’s soccer coach;

▪ Wanda Denning, a longtime school volunteer and chair of the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee;

▪ Richard Murphy, who was a Wake high school principal for more than 20 years at Leesville, Sanderson and East Wake;

▪ Nancy Olson, who was credited with sparking a literacy renaissance in North Carolina through the founding of Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh;

▪ Orage Quarles III, former president and publisher of The News & Observer;

▪ Bob Rankin, a longtime Raleigh artist and art teacher.

Murphy and Olson will be honored posthumously.

The Hall of Fame honors outstanding educators, alumni and community leaders who through their lives have either deeply impacted the Wake County school system or, as an alumnus, dramatically added to the quality of life in this city, state or nation.

The WakeEd Partnership also announced that Bill McNeal, a former Wake teacher, principal and administrator who was superintendent from 2000 to 2006, will receive the Robert E. Bridges Lifetime Achievement Award.

Retired Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning Jr. will receive the Vernon Malone Friend of Education Award. Manning has overseen the long-running Leandro education case since 1997, where even in retirement’s he’s continued to monitor state actions aimed at providing each child the opportunity for a “sound basic education” as ordered by the state Supreme Court.

The recipients will be honored Oct. 12 at the Stars of Education Event in Raleigh. Go to http://bit.ly/29iz9aW to buy tickets for the event.