Fifty-one years ago, an East Cleveland high school girl was denied membership in the National Honor Society because she’d been reprimanded for giving her boyfriend a quick kiss in the stairwell. Catherine Peters Wagner of the Shaw High School class of 1953, will be inducted Friday.
Wagner, who now lives in Reynoldsburg near Columbus, went to Ohio State University on a music scholarship and played the cello with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra for 29 years.
Last year she toured Shaw during a 50-year reunion and Gerald Dougherty, vice president of the honor society in 1953, heard her story and asked the school to get involved. Principal Clarence Bozeman arranged the induction.
As for Robert Wagner, the long-ago boyfriend she kissed in the stairwell: she married him and they will celebrate their 48th anniversary this year.