Tim Kratochvil was the superintendent and principal of Pawnee High School in Springfield, Illinois, who passed away on September 5, 2023, at the age of 51. He was a guiding light and a devoted leader for the school and the community, who inspired many students and staff with his vision, passion, and kindness.
Kratochvil was born in Chicago, Illinois, and graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in education. He began his career as a teacher and coach at various schools in the state, before becoming the principal of Pawnee High School in 2015. He was appointed as the superintendent in 2018, and was instrumental in improving the academic performance, facilities, and culture of the school.
Kratochvil was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching and playing basketball, baseball, and golf. He was also a loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend, who cherished his family and his faith. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer, his two children, Tyler and Kayla, his parents, John and Mary, his siblings, Mark, Lisa, and Amy, and many other relatives and friends.
Kratochvil’s funeral service was held on September 9, 2023, at the Pawnee High School gymnasium, followed by a burial at the Pawnee Cemetery. His family requested that donations be made to the Tim Kratochvil Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will benefit students who share his love of learning and leadership.
Kratochvil’s death has left a profound impact on the Pawnee High School community and beyond. He will be remembered as a visionary, a mentor, a role model, and a hero, who touched the lives of countless students and staff. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and the Pawnee High School community.