Frank DeAngelis has been the principal at Columbine High School since 1996 and said he would stay with the school to see all students who were there during the mass shooting through to their graduation. That happened two years ago, and DeAngelis is announcing his retirement on Tuesday, reports NBC’s News 9.
DeAngelis is sending letters home with students Tuesday to announce his retirement.
DeAngelis wrote in his letter: “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.”
An ABC News report published in April, superintendent Cindy Stevenson said: “Since then [the mass shooting], DeAngelis has continued to inspire his colleagues and fellow educators with his unwavering belief that every student matters … While Frank DeAngelis is truly a national figure, his heart belongs in Columbine High School.”
He is eligible for a National High School Principal of the Year award, reports ABC.