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The Paul Schrade Library

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Paul Schrade Library

The library is named in honor of Paul Schrade, who was the western regional director of the United Auto Workers Union and labor chair of Kennedy's presidential campaign in 1968. Paul was a personal friend of Senator Kennedy. Paul was also shot the day that Senator Kennedy was assassinated in the kitchen pantry behind the Embassy Ballroom in the Ambassador Hotel. (The reconstruction of the Embassy Ballroom is now the exact location of the Paul Schrade Library.)

Since that historic day on June 5, 1968, Paul’s mission has been to carry on Kennedy’s work. Understanding Kennedy’s passion about education, he proposed that a school be built at the site of the former Ambassador Hotel. The school would serve to relieve overcrowding and eliminate forced bussing and offer students of the historically underserved communities of Pico-Union and Koreatown a state-of-the-art educational facility.

Paul Schrade was Coordinator of the RFK-12 Community Task Force. The task force was successful in getting a 4000 seat, Kinder through 12th grade school to open in the same location where 43 years ago he lost his good friend and his life would be changed forever. Paul visits the school campus often and is considered a good friend to all of us at Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools. 

Meet Our Friend Paul Schrade