A namesake and an honor
George was recently chosen as the namesake for Georgetown’s newest middle school. Even though he didn’t enjoy school growing up, he helped dozens of children have positive experiences in education through mentoring. George and the school’s first principal, Lindsay Harris, talk with the View about this honor.
How was the name chosen?
Lindsay: Community members submitted their ideas on our school’s website. We received over 80 unique nominations! The Georgetown ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name the campus George Wagner Middle School.
Why do you think George’s name was chosen?
Lindsay: Our desire is to inspire and empower every learner to lead, grow, and serve. Mr. Wagner’s life has been centered on those three principles. His military service, corporate leadership, and significant investment in mentoring and supporting Georgetown’s youth exemplify that.
George, were you surprised?
George: The president of the school board called me while I was at a book club meeting and said, “You are now the new name of the new middle school.” I said, “I think you got the wrong number!” I was overwhelmed. I didn’t like school until the military turned my life around at 18 years old. And now, my grandkids will get to see a school with the name Wagner—it’s pretty special.
Do you mentor only middle school-aged children?
George: No, I start with five children a year in elementary school and stay with them through middle school and high school. I have mentored for the past twenty years, after retiring from working at 3M for 35 years.
What’s your hope for the school?
George: It’s going to be a very high-tech school, a very modern and beautiful one. I want students to walk out feeling that this place is special and that any school is special.