Before he was mayor of Richmond, before he was governor of Virginia, before he was a member of the U.S. Senate, and before he was the Democratic candidate for vice president of the United States, Tim Kaine was a Trailwood Elementary Thunderbird.
Kaine moved from Minnesota to Overland Park with his family when he was a young boy after his father, a metal craftsman, got a job in the area. The family settled near 98th Street and Roe Avenue, and Kaine started his education in Shawnee Mission schools, which left an impression to this day. Here’s a post Kaine made on Facebook back in 2013 thanking his first grade teacher Mrs. Hatley for inspiriting a love of reading:
Kaine’s first grade classmate Susan Strobel recently posted their Trailwood class composite on Facebook. Kaine is circled in red:
Kaine went onto Rockhurst for high school, where he became student body president. Some of his Hawklet classmates described their time with him on Up to Date on Monday. You can listen to the episode here.
As of this morning, Kaine had not yet been added to the Democratic National Convention’s official speaking schedule, but many anticipate he’ll be part of tonight’s program that already features the president and vice president.