Trinity Catholic High School (Florida)
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|Trinity Catholic High School|
|2600 SW 42nd Street
Ocala, Florida, 34474
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic,
Congregation of Christian Brothers
|Color(s)||Green and gold|
|Nickname||Lucky green and gold.|
|Rival||Forest High School|
|Feeder schools||Blessed Trinity, St. Pauls|
|Athletic Director||Tommy Bond|
Trinity Catholic High School is a Roman Catholic college preparatory day school in Ocala, Florida. It is operated by the Congregation of Christian Brothers. Located in the Diocese of Orlando, Trinity Catholic is the first and only Catholic high school in metropolitan Ocala.
- 1 Mission statement
- 2 Honor code
- 3 School history
- 4 Notable alumni
- 5 Sports
- 5.1 Football
- 5.1.1 Football state championships
- 5.1.2 Football state championship runner-up
- 5.1.3 Noteworthy athlete alumni
- 5.2 Baseball
- 5.1 Football
- 6 External links
- 7 Notes and references
Trinity Catholic, a High School rooted in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers (Congregation of Christian Brothers), forms young men and women of integrity and purposeful living; by instilling in them a passion for life-long learning, an awareness of their God-given dignity and a commitment to service for others. 
As a Trinity Catholic student, I believe that everything I do is for the glory of God; therefore, I will act with honesty, integrity and respect, both on and off campus.
Mission and statement of the Trinity Catholic honor code
At Trinity Catholic High School, we believe that academic and personal integrity are essential elements in creating a trusting educational atmosphere for students, faculty, and the entire Trinity Catholic family.
Trinity Catholic High School is responsible not only for assisting in the development of a student's faith, but also for development of character, strong morals, and a sense of social responsibility. In order for our school to accomplish this we believe that each student must uphold the school's honor code. The Trinity Catholic honor code is based on a system of mutual trust among students, faculty, and staff. It dictates that as members of the Trinity Catholic Community, we will treat each individual with respect.
Furthermore, it puts forth that members of our community will not lie, cheat, steal, or plagiarize. Monitoring the code are students who are appointed to the honor board. These students are assigned to see that the honor code is upheld and that values of school are preserved. Violations of the honor code are referred to the Honor Board for adjudication. The primary focus of the Honor Board is educational, not punitive.
Responsibilities of the school community
In order for the honor code to work, students, faculty, and administrators must share the responsibilities of promoting honor and creating an atmosphere of trust. Therefore, we ask both students and faculty to sign the honor code pledge as a symbol of their commitment to the honor code.
Blessed Edmund Rice received a unique gift from God: A Gospel that reveals Jesus Christ as present and appealing to him in the poor.
Young men were among the poor people of nineteenth century Ireland without access to basic education and religious instruction. Edmund responded to this need by establishing schools as well as founding the Congregation of Christian Brothers in 1802. Schools conducted by the Congregation of Christian Brothers are now established throughout the world.
Today, the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America and their colleagues reaffirm the essential characteristics of an Edmund Rice Christian Brother Education. The Essential Elements were first written in 2000 after interviews, group discussions, surveys, and extensive participation by representatives of various communities. At a gathering in July 2006, the power of these documents was reaffirmed by delegates from each ministry site and other Christian Brother stakeholders.
Edmund Rice Christian Brother educational ministries continue to assure mission effectiveness because they can test their faithfulness to Edmund's vision and their basic educational values against the background of clearly stated Essential Elements. The Essential Elements of an Edmund Rice Christian Brother Education find their source in ministry begun by Jesus Christ and their inspiration in the vision of Blessed Edmund Rice. The Essential Elements serve as a guide and standard in the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers' current educational ministries and in future endeavors.
Let the children come to me and do not hinder them. It is to just such as there that the Kingdom of God belongs. Mark 10:14.
"For many years, there has been a desire in the greater Ocala Community for a Catholic high school. Until 1992, it was determined that the Ocala area was not ready to build and support such a project. Several years later, in 1996, two surveys, one conducted in the local parishes and the other by the Diocese of Orlando, yielded positive results. The surveys showed that there were strong desires by parents to see their children have a Catholic high school education and that all age groups in the greater Ocala community were willing to serve as benefactors for the high school.
While the surveys were being taken, a group of staunch supporters, under the leadership of Patrick Sheedy, were making pledges for a Capital Campaign and 4.1 million dollars were raised. By the time the Campaign went public, it became easier to believe that the twelve to fifteen million dollars needed to fund the project could be realized. Soon, a Capital Campaign fund was announced and strongly endorsed by Bishop Norbert Dorsey of Orlando. He said; "One of the fundamental missions of our church is to teach, motivate, and inspire children. Building Trinity Catholic High School is a forceful indication of our intentions to accomplish that mission". The campaign slogan, "Building in Faith---Creating a Legacy", underscored the commitment.
A local board of professional educators, builders, and business people was put together to help design the plan, buildings, and other facilities that would become Trinity Catholic High School. This committee held numerous meetings with the Building Committee of the Diocese, the architectural firm of Shenkel Shultz (Orlando), and Edwards Construction Services, Inc. (Ocala), to provide invaluable help and insight into the project. Bishop Norbert Dorsey formally approved "Trinity Catholic" as the name of the new high school in 1999. It was envisioned that initially students would come from at least three counties – Lake, Sumter, and Marion. On July 1, 2000, Brother Thomas Andrew Prendergast, of the Congregation of Christian Brothers, was solicited as Trinity Catholic's first Principal. A High School Search Committee had recommended Brother Prendergast to Bishop Dorsey and Bishop Dorsey approved the Committee's recommendation. Over 1000 enthusiastic people showed up for an open air Mass and ground breaking ceremony on the site for TCHS in April 2000.
The actual starting construction date of May 2000 was delayed until December 2000 due to a number of unforeseen circumstances. The Charter Class of 2004 completed its first year of high school at Blessed Trinity School. In August 2001, the 9th and 10th grade classes of Trinity Catholic High School were moved to portable classrooms set up in the main parking lot of the actual school site. The school construction was completed in January 2002 and the students moved into their wonderful new facility that January. The new facility included thirty two classrooms, a media center with a television studio, computer labs, resource rooms, up to date technology, gymnasium, cafeteria, administrative building, chapel, band and choral rooms, a beautiful courtyard, a football stadium and baseball, soccer and softball fields.
Trinity Catholic High School is a tribute to the thousands of people who have made sacrifices of time, talent, and treasure. This resulting school is a fine example of what a community can create when working and praying together. Our school is committed to the vision of excellence in Catholic education and creating a legacy for the future, under the patronage of Our Mother of Perpetual Help."
Trinity Catholic was voted best of best schools in Central Florida in 2012. 
- John Brantley
- Class of 2007
- College football University of Florida
- Antonio Allen
On January 6, 2011, the mayor declared January 6 as Trinity Catholic Celtics Day, in honor of Trinity Catholic sports teams.
In cooperation with the Florida High School Athletic Association, Trinity Catholic athletic programs for both boys and girls are an integral part of the school experience. The school's coaches, under the leadership of the Athletic Director, supervise these activities.
Trinity Catholic is subject to the by-laws of the Florida High School Athletic Association. It is state law that a student meets the following academic criteria in order to participate in interscholastic athletic competition.
Participation in the extracurricular program is dependent upon behavior and weekly classroom performance.
Student athletes must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA. If a student fails to meet these standards, he/she will remain ineligible until the proper cumulative GPA is attained. Trinity Catholic supports the guidelines regarding sportsmanship. Sportsmanship applies to players, coaches, student fans, parents and guests. 
Trinity produced the 2011 wrestling state champ Quincy Hoppel in the 1a 145 weight class.
Trinity Catholic's girls soccer team won states for the 2012–13 season.
Football state championships
- Game score: TCHS 37 - Pahokee 30
- Head Coach: Kerwin Bell
- Season record 14–0 (undefeated)
- Trinity Catholic 2005 Football Schedule
- Game score: TCHS 56 - University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 55
- Head Coach: John Brantley III
- Season record 14–0 (undefeated)
- Trinity Catholic 2010 Football Schedule
"Trinity Catholic (Ocala, Fla.) 56, University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 55 Trinity Catholic needed three overtimes to finally defeat University 56-55 in the Florida 2B state championship game. The 111 total points set a scoring record for a Florida state championship game. Jeremiah Gates came up big for Trinity Catholic, gaining 188 yards on 33 carries with five touchdowns. Quarterback Joseph Little also threw for 179 yards and three scores. University stayed in the game thanks to the arm of Doug Cooke, who set a championship game record for completions and attempts by going 43 of 61 for 430 yards and four touchdowns."
Football state championship runner-up
- Game score: Pahokee 25 - TCHS 11
- Head Coach: Kerwin Bell
- Season record: 13–1
- Trinity Catholic 2006 Football Schedule
- Game score: Pahokee 21 - TCHS 17
- Head Coach: John Brantley III
- Season record: 12–2
- Trinity Catholic 2008 Football Schedule
Noteworthy athlete alumni
Coach: Tommy Bond Trinity Catholic's baseball team has won ten straight district championships.
Notes and references
- TCHS. "History of Trinity Catholic High School". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-05-11.