|Air Academy High School|
It's a matter of pride.
|6910 Carlton Dr., United States Air Force Academy, Colorado 80840
|School district||Academy School District 20|
|Principal||Mrs. Toria McGill|
|Assistant Principals||Maria de la Garza, Dan Olson, Diane Shuck, Sean Whitson|
|Enrollment||1,370 (2012-2013 School Year)|
|Color(s)||Blue and Silver|
|Athletics||5A and 4A|
Air Academy High School (also commonly referred to as 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. 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.
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 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 fittingly named 'C' and 'D' building. It is the second oldest high school in Colorado Springs behind Palmer High School.
The last addition was completed in 1998 which consisted of several new classrooms, as well as a new gym and band room.
The school was awarded by Newsweek in 2004 and 2005 as being one of the top 1000 high schools in the country in terms of academic achievement. The school continues to achieve 'superior' rating on standardized tests. 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.
Housing 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), Air Academy offers numerous varsity and junior varsity athletic teams competing in Colorado 4A and 5A sporting events.
Recently, Air Academy has had many teams enter the state playoffs, with teams such as basketball (men's and women's), men and women's swimming and diving, wrestling, hockey, baseball, lacrosse (women's) and cheerleading all competing for a state title. Additionally, Air Academy has 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 cross country season, Allie McLaughlin won the individual 5A cross country finals with a time of 17:04, beating the second place finisher by exactly one minute. She then went on to finish fourth in the Foot Locker Regional and fifth at the national competition, only twelve seconds behind the winner. She can be noted for her small stature, even when compared to other cross country runners.
|Cheerleading, Co-Ed||2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009|
|Cheerleading, Women's||2010, 2011, 2012|
|Ice Hockey||1995, 2000, 2005|
|Wrestling||2012 Rip Price|
|Lacrosse, Men's||1990, 1991, 1992|
|Lacrosse, Women's||2009, 2012|
|Swimming & Diving, Men's||1993, 1999, 2012, 2013|
|Soccer, Men's||1980; the year Colorado elevated soccer to the varsity level, 1990, 1992, 2010|
|Soccer, Women's||1993, 2012|
|Tennis, Men's||1996, Doubles, Clint Bluestein & Justin Van Tassel|
|Track and Field, Men's||1994; 4x100 relay, with Mark Booker, Derien Latimer, Dean Donegan, Terry Thompson|
Instrumental music program
Air Academy has received national acclaim for its numerous musical ensembles. Its marching band has consistently been in the top five for the past 20 years with 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 very high ratings.
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.
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".
Air Academy has one of the best speech and debate teams in the region. They are currently ranked 3rd in the Colorado Grande out of 25 competitors. 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 is home to District 20's CO-20021 AFJROTC Program. There are currently 190 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 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 and Master Sergeant Anthony Rush. Each class is broken down into "flights" consisting of A Flight-G Flight.
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