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Air Academy High School
It's a matter of pride.
6910 Carlton Dr., United States Air Force Academy, Colorado 80840
United States
Type Public School
Established 1957
School district Academy School District 20
Dean Julie Bayne
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 5A and 4A
Mascot Kadet
Air Academy High School, circa 2008-2009

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.[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.


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.

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 1982
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

Performing arts[edit]

Instrumental music program[edit]

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.[2]

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.[3]

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 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.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[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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The Denver Channel
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:52:30 -0700

AURORA - A band choreographer and coach at Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs is accused of having a romantic relationship with a student. David Hurd, 38, is accused of having the inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old student, the El ...
Colorado Springs Gazette
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:15:57 -0700

Air Academy senior Gannon Gardner, left, looks on as soccer teammate John Sims signs his letter of intent to join Gardner on the Air Force Academy soccer team. A record number of students from Air Academy High School signed letters of intent to play ...
KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:26:15 -0700

High School Coach Arrested for Sexual Exploitation. EL PASO COUNTY - A band coach at Air Academy High School is being charged... Read Story › · News 5 Good Neighbor Drive Begins Today · Today is free cone at Ben & Jerry's · View All community › ...
The Republic
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:26:15 -0700

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — An Air Academy High School band coach is facing charges of sexual exploitation of a child after he was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old student. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says ...
Pueblo Chieftain
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:52:30 -0700

Hurd had been working as a band coach at Air Academy High School when an investigation was launched in February following accusations that he was having a romantic relationship with a student. District 20 fired Hurd after the accusations surfaced.
KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:33:45 -0700

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Pueblo Chieftain
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:56:15 -0700

Hurd was arrested following an investigation into allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old student while he worked as a band coach at Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs. He was arrested on suspicion of multiple ...
The Denver Post
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:00:00 -0700

Cerrone, who went to Air Academy High School near Colorado Springs before becoming a professional kickboxer, earned a reputation as an exciting vertical MMA fighter always looking to end bouts early. He now trains in Albuquerque with famed MMA ...

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