Jack Schreder of Redding, California, a respected and loved educator and supporter of education for more than 65 years, passed away on June 5, 2022, surrounded by loved ones. He was born in Clawson, Michigan on May 30, 1934, to Jack Seward Schreder, Sr. and Dorothy Hogan Schreder.
He was a graduate of Michigan State (B.A. – Economics), San Francisco State University (M.A. – School Administration) and Stanford University (Ph.D – Education and Business). He began his career as a high school teacher and coach in Michigan. He moved to California and attended San Francisco State University and taught in the Sequoia Union High School District for several years while attending Stanford.
Jack moved to Redding In 1967 to become the first principal at the new 9th grade center, helping to pick the name “Nova” for the unique all-freshman school. Jack recognized the importance of connecting students to school which was critical for 1,200 9th grade students coming together from 23 feeder schools. His shared goal with the teachers was to learn the names of each student in their classes by the end of the first six weeks of the school year.
In 1974, Jack was elected Shasta County Superintendent of Schools at the age of 40, making him the youngest county superintendent of schools at the time. During the next four years, notable achievements included securing the grant funding needed to build science rooms, establishing the countywide bookmobile and being one of the founders of the local Shasta-Trinity Regional Occupational Program. He also obtained initial funding for the construction of the Schreder Planetarium, which was named in his honor in 1979 and has been in continuous operation for schoolchildren and community members in Northern California.
Following his tenure as a school superintendent, Jack became a lobbyist advocating on behalf of the Association of California School Administrators, San Diego City Schools and others. He went on to found, with his wife Kristen, Jack Schreder & Associates, a consulting company specializing in the procurement of funding for the modernization and construction of schools. He continued that work until just recently. During the last four decades, the company secured more than $2 billion in funding for California schools and over $120 million for schools in Shasta County.
Jack volunteered with The Friends of Schreder Planetarium (FoSP) a non-profit organization formed to support the purchase of programs and maintenance of the planetarium equipment. More than 120 community members gathered on January 25, 2020 to celebrate the 40th Anniversary. FoSP unveiled a plaque permanently mounted at the Planetarium in recognition of over 160 donors and supporters, including the Shasta County Board of Education, who helped fund the new Spitz SciDome state-of-the-art projector and sound system.
For over 50 years Jack and his family operated a cattle ranch in Igo. In the 1970’s he was a member of the Shasta County Sheriff’s Posse and rode a horse named Jet with the Parade and Drill Team.
Jack will be remembered for his many contributions to education and his love for his family. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Kristen and their children, Andrea Fountain (Kyle) of Redding and Bryson Schreder of Redding. Jack is also survived by children with his first wife Caroline: Seward Schreder, of Redding; Elona Cunningham (Andy) of Sacramento, Sabrina Kikut (Shane) of Redding, Skovran Schreder (Sarah) of Connecticut, Zane Schreder (Karen) of Chico. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren: Rose Schreder, Skovran Cunningham, Lily Schreder, Aidan Cunningham, Adeline Kikut, Claire Schreder, Aksi Kikut, Garrison Cunningham, Jackson Schreder, Buster Schreder, Caroline Kikut, Buddy Schreder, Brodie Schreder, Charlotte Schreder, Sabrina Schreder. Jack was preceded in death by grandson Henry Schreder.
A Celebration of Life for Jack will be held on Sunday, June 26 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm at Riverview Golf & Country Club, 4200 Bechelli Lane, Redding, CA.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jack’s memory to either 1) Shasta County Office of Education, (memo line: Schreder Planetarium), 1644 Magnolia Ave. Redding CA, 96001 or 2) the Jack Schreder Scholarship Fund, a newly established scholarship fund at the Community Foundation of the North State. Donations can be made online. Checks or cash can be sent to 1335 Arboretum Dr. Suite B, Redding, CA 96003