Distinguished Alumni

60th Anniversary

As part of Air Academy High School’s 60th Anniversary, we honored at Homecoming distinguished alumni, faculty, and staff representing Air Academy’s 60-year history. A tradition was born, and now every year we recognize Distinguished Kadets who represent the Kadet Spirit.

Here are the 60th Anniversary Honorees for Alumni

image.pngEd Epler lived in Black Forest from 1953 to 1959.  Before the opening of Academy School District 20, Ed attended high school in Monument. When Air Academy High School opened its doors in September 1957, Ed became a member of the first graduating class of 1958.  Classes were held in the Carlton Mansion (Ed recalled that is was a country club at one time before it became the living quarters for the superintendent of the Air Force Academy).  During his senior year at Air Academy High School, he participated in football and basketball.  One of his memories of his senior year, Ed and three other students ditched school one day. Ed was the only one caught.  His parents made him deal with Principal Howard Dunning, who Ed said, was a wonderful individual.  After graduation, Ed went to work in a service station but was soon drafted by the military.  He joined the Navy, serving in the Viet Nam War.  He was honorably discharged in 1966.  Returning to Colorado Springs, Ed worked for Deep Steam Carpet Cleaning. While working two jobs and supporting his family, he earned his BA from UCCS in Political Science.  He was hired by the City of Colorado Springs and served as a supervisor for 34 1/2 years, retiring in 2004.  He has numerous grandkids and great grandkids and is proud of all of them, especially the ones serving in the military.  He and his wife enjoy retirement and still live in the Colorado Springs area.



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