Columbine principal Frank DeAngelis announces retirement after 34 years

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — It marked the end of an era as Columbine High School announced that principal Frank DeAngelis will be retiring at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.

DeAngelis has been the school’s principal for 18 years. He has been with Jefferson County Schools for a total of 34 years, serving as teacher, coach and assistant principal.

In a letter sent out on Tuesday, DeAngelis joked that he felt it might be time to retire before a student informed him that he taught their grandparents. He added:

“It has been my privilege to lead this wonderful school through the best and worst of times.  The support of our families and the Columbine community has meant the world to me; I have been profoundly honored and humbled to be a part of the Columbine family.” 

DeAngelis helped Columbine heal after the school’s mass shooting on April 20, 1999. He vowed he would stay at the school until the students in kindergarten during the time of the tragedy graduated high school.

He was honored with the State Principal of the Year Award in 2013.

In response to the news, Jefferson County Schools tweeted: “You’re a Columbine Rebel for life, and no one can ever take that away from you.”