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Longtime North Side teacher Ed King surprised with new car

To celebrate 40 years of teaching at North Side High School, music teacher and band director Ed King was surprised with an unexpected gift - a black Ford Mustang. Family and friends raised $20,000 to surprise King after the end-of-the-year recital Friday night. (Photo by Jaclyn Goldsborough)
To celebrate 40 years of teaching at North Side High School, music teacher and band director Ed King was surprised with an unexpected gift - a black Ford Mustang. Family and friends raised $20,000 to surprise King after the end-of-the-year recital Friday night. (Photo by Jaclyn Goldsborough)
In celebration of North Side High School music instructor Ed King's 40th anniversary of teaching, his sons along with hundreds of donors raised more than $20,000 to buy him a new black Ford Mustang. (Photo courtesy of Mike King)
In celebration of North Side High School music instructor Ed King's 40th anniversary of teaching, his sons along with hundreds of donors raised more than $20,000 to buy him a new black Ford Mustang. (Photo courtesy of Mike King)
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Music instructor honored by community for 40 years of teaching

Saturday, May 25, 2013 12:01 am
Ed King II has been teaching music at North Side High School for 40 years. In those four decades he's seen a lot of faces, mentored many students and has made an impact in the lives of musicians around the country. Many of those same students came back to North Side High School on Friday night as King's family, students and friends surprised him with a gift - a brand-new black Ford Mustang.

After the end-of-the-year student recital and a surprise alumni recital that included former students ranging in age from 20 to 50, King was honored with the car.

The gift was possible thanks to $20,000 raised by King's family and community donations.

After a 60-day online fundraising campaign, Mike King, Ed's son, said the last two weeks before the fundraising deadline was a very busy time.

As Ed first laid eyes on the car, it took a minute to sink in.

"He legitimately didn't think it was happening," Mike said.



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