The Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, which is all set to open in LA next month, is sure to be featured in every expensive school list ever compiled by Forbes. Dubbed as the crème de la crème of “Taj Mahal” schools, the K-12 campus has an eye-popping price tag of $578 million, making it the nation’s most expensive public school ever. Add to this its historical significance as the former Ambassador Hotel where the Democratic presidential contender was assassinated in 1968. You know that this school is sure to go down in history. The school, which is expected to house 4,200 students, will boast of state of the art facilities and amenities, including fine art murals, a marble memorial depicting the complex’s namesake, a manicured public park, a state-of-the-art swimming pool, and preservation of pieces of the original hotel. The Los Angeles Unified School District, which has emerged as Taj Mahals’ mogul, is definitely the perfect home for this upcoming complex.
Although the school has generated mixed responses from the community, many experts say it’s not all flourish and that children learn better in more pleasant surroundings. Thus, with its fine architecture and interiors, this school will ensure the students enjoy studying in only the best of surroundings. The RFK site involved 15 years of litigation with historic preservationists and Donald Trump, who wanted to build the world’s tallest building there. Methane mitigation cost $33 million. The district paid $15 million preserving historic features, including a wall of the famed Cocoanut Grove nightclub and turning the Paul Williams-designed coffee shop into a faculty lounge.
Sure to become a landmark of LA, this school is definitely a class apart.