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Air Academy High School
Kadet.png
Kadet
It's a matter of pride.
Location
6910 Carlton Dr., United States Air Force Academy, Colorado 80840
United States
Information
Type Public School
Established 1957
School district Academy School District 20
Dean Blue Anderson
Principal Mrs. Toria McGill
Assistant Principals Maria de la Garza, Dan Olson, Diane Shuck, Sean Whitson
Faculty approx. 100
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,370 (2012-2013 School Year)
Color(s) Blue and Silver         
Athletics 4A
Mascot Kadet
Rival Cheyenne Mountain High School
Website
Air Academy High School, circa 2008-2009

Air Academy High School (or AAHS) is a public high school that serves the northwestern end of Colorado Springs, Colorado, as well as the United States Air Force Academy. Air Academy is currently ranked within the top 10 in the state for its high academic standards.[1] It is the only high school in the United States built on a military academy (School District 20 also has an elementary school on the Air Force Academy).

Air Academy is situated in the foothills of the Front Range sitting at around 6,550 feet above sea level. The sports mascot is the "Kadet" (Kay-det), a fictional bird of mythical proportions that is representative of a baby falcon. The name itself is a reference to the fact that the high school can be seen as a "little-sibling" to the "Cadets" of the Air Force Academy.

History[edit]

The school was opened in 1956 on the grounds of the United States Air Force Academy for the '57-'58 academic year before having its first commencement ceremony in 1958, making the class of 2007 the 50th graduating class. It is the second oldest high school in Colorado Springs behind Palmer High School. It was originally constructed as just one building which is now referred to as 'A' building, which was finished in 1959, and 'B' building was added the second year after the original building was constructed. Through the years, two other buildings were constructed to supplement the growing student population. The two buildings were named 'C' and 'D' building. The latest addition was completed in 1998 and consisted of several new classrooms, as well as a new gym and band room.

Academics[edit]

The school was recognized by Newsweek in 2004 and 2005 as being one of the top 1000 public high schools in the country in terms of academic achievement. The school continues to achieve 'superior' rating on standardized tests.[citation needed] Air Academy is a 9-time winner of he John Irwin School of Excellence Award from the Colorado Department of Education.

AAHS also offers the Advanced Placement program to students in numerous subject areas.

Athletics[edit]

Air Academy offers numerous varsity and junior varsity athletic teams competing in Colorado High School Activities Association 4A and 5A sporting events. Facilities at the school include two gyms, a weights facility, a track, soccer, baseball, and softball field, eight tennis courts, race track, and a football/soccer stadium (nicknamed the K-Dome),

Recently, Air Academy has had many teams enter the state playoffs, with teams such as men's and women's basketball, men and women's swimming and diving, wrestling, hockey, baseball, women's lacrosse, and cheerleading all competing for a state title. Additionally, Air Academy has had individuals compete in and win individual state titles in swimming, cross-country, and track. In 2008, Allie McLaughlin capped off these individual achievements by capturing the 5A state 3,200 meter track title in a time of 10:49. In the 2008-2009 season, McLaughlin won the individual 5A cross country finals with a time of 17:04, beating the second place finisher by exactly one minute.[2] She then went on to finish fourth in the Foot Locker Regional and fifth at the national competition, only twelve seconds behind the winner.[3] At 4'10", McLaughlin is noted for her small stature.[citation needed]

Activity Year(s) Won
Baseball 1989
Basketball, Men's 1989
Basketball, Women's 2012
Cheerleading, Co-Ed 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009
Cheerleading, Women's 2010, 2011, 2012
Football 1962
Ice Hockey 1995, 2000, 2005
Wrestling 2012
Lacrosse, Men's 1990, 1991, 1992
Lacrosse, Women's 2009, 2012, 2014
Swimming & Diving, Men's 1993, 1999, 2012, 2013, 2014
Soccer, Men's 1980; (1st CHSAA varsity), 1990, 1992, 2010
Soccer, Women's 1993, 2012
Tennis, Men's 1996, Doubles
Track and Field, Men's 1994; 4x100 relay

Performing arts[edit]

Instrumental music program[edit]

Air Academy has received national acclaim for its numerous musical ensembles. Its marching band has consistently been state finalist since 1989 and has received state titles in 1994, 1998, 1999, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, along with percussion caption awards (when it was still an available award) in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2003. The Marching Band also placed 1st in AA at the 2011 San Antonio Bands of America (BoA) Super Regionals and was a finalist at the Bands of America St. Louis Super Regional in 2013. Its concert bands and jazz ensembles also receive consistent high ratings.[4]

Winter Guard[edit]

The Air Academy winter guard has also won many titles, including state champion in 2004 (Regional A), 2007 (Scholastic A), 2013 (Scholastic A), and 2014 (National Scholastic A)

Choir program[edit]

The school boasts multiple choirs, as well as three a cappella groups. There is an all-boys a cappella group named the Inflatable Misconceptions, an all-girls a cappella group named C' est la vie, and a mixed a cappella group named Out of the Blue.[5]

Drama program[edit]

Air Academy has a drama department that includes an award winning chapter of the National Thespian Honors Society. The school holds an annual student directed variety show called "Montage".

Forensics program[edit]

Air Academy High School is well known for having one of the best speech and debate teams in the Colorado Grande District, which comprises the southern half of Colorado on the Front Range. The team usually sends at least three people to nationals, and Air Academy is well known in the Forensics community for its domination of Congressional Debate. Air Academy High School was the first school in district history (and only) to have swept all of the possible team awards for the Colorado Grande National Qualifiers Tournament, having won the Congressional Debate Sweepstakes, Debate Sweepstakes, Speech Sweepstakes, and Overall Sweepstakes during the 2013-2014 season.

The Extemporaneous speaking portion of the team was also the first in district history to have swept all of the Colorado Grande National Qualifiers for Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking and United States Extemporaneous Speaking in one tournament, having completed this feat in the 2013-2014 season.

Air Academy High School maintains rivalries with Pueblo West High School and St. Mary's High School (Colorado Springs) for the highest-ranked team in the district.

AFJROTC[edit]

Air Academy is home to District 20's CO-20021 AFJROTC Program. There are currently over 200 students from across the district enrolled in it. The schools eligible are Liberty High School, Rampart High School, Discovery Canyon Campus, The Classical Academy, Air Academy High School, and Pine Creek High School. The unit won Distinguished Unit with Merit for the 06/07 and 12/13 school year. Currently, the unit holds the honor of having the highest number of cadets to attend service academies and ROTC scholarships in the nation. It is led by Colonel Rob Huber, Master Sergeant Anthony Rush, and Senior Master Sergeant Jerry Easley. Each class is broken down into military style "flights" consisting of A Flight-G Flight also top five and wing staff flights making two "groups" and all together one wing.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°58′7.55″N 104°50′44.54″W / 38.9687639°N 104.8457056°W / 38.9687639; -104.8457056


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5 news items

 
Colorado Springs Gazette
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 18:51:32 -0700

PUEBLO - The rain may have delayed play at the 4A state tennis tournament, but it couldn't stop Air Academy's Stefan Orton-Urbina, who advanced in the No. 2 singles bracket with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Northridge's Jesus Quinones. Photo - Air Academy's ...

Colorado Springs Gazette

Colorado Springs Gazette
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:41:15 -0700

41 photos photo - Air Academy forward Austin Dewing, center, attempts to scissor kick the ball + caption Air Academy forward Austin Dewing, center, attempts to scissor kick the ball over Cheyenne Mountain defender Spencer Wegner (14) during Air ...
 
Colorado Springs Gazette
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 20:33:45 -0700

Seno kept quiet about his future plans while practicing with Kaltenbacher at Air Academy High School on Tuesday, focusing instead on his opening-round match against Lewis-Palmer sophomore Nolan Rademacher at the 4A state meet Thursday. "I will do ...

Sangre de Cristo Chronicle

Sangre de Cristo Chronicle
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:48:45 -0700

Feeling the absence of coaching football, he found an open coaching position with Air Academy High School on the campus of The Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Then he realized that he missed Raton Tiger football. Discovering a teaching position ...

ESPN

ESPN
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:46:21 -0700

The 700 Club: Reader Tobin Morse of Colorado Springs notes that Air Academy High School gained 724 yards, scored 62 points, and lost to Sand Creek. In California prep play, Whittier Christian scored 74 points against Western Christian, gained 682 yards ...
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