JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– It’s the end of an era at Columbine High School with the retirement of Frank DeAngelis, the school’s principal for the past 18 years. He is widely known for helping the community after the deadly shootings at the school in 1999.

DeAngelis has spent the past 35 years in education. He is regarded fondly in the community of Jefferson County with helping them through the tragedy and beyond.

Wednesday was DeAngelis’ last day as principal of Columbine High School.

It was April 20, 1999 when two heavily armed Columbine students walked into their school and opened fire. They killed 12 students and one teacher before killing themselves.

The popular principal is confident that the school is known for much more than a mass shooting.

“We will always remember what happened on April 20. That’s not what Columbine is all about,” said DeAngelis in a previous interview from August 2013. “I’m hoping Columbine High School is in a better place than it was.”

DeAngelis said he won’t give up his key to the school because he plans to stay involved.

DeAngelis said he will work on his golf game in retirement.


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