Trinity School at Greenlawn

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Trinity School at Greenlawn
107 S Greenlawn Ave
South Bend, Indiana
Established 1980
Principal John Lee
Number of students 201
Color(s) White & Blue         
Mascot Titan

Trinity School at Greenlawn is a private 7–12 school located in South Bend, Indiana. It was founded by the People of Praise community in 1980 with fewer than 30 students. Since then it has developed a strong educational presence that attracts students from all parts of northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan, as well as international students. Located at 107 South Greenlawn Avenue in South Bend, Indiana, it offers classical education to students. It is accredited by the Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS).

The Greenlawn campus has two sister schools, Meadow View, and River Ridge. The schools are independent; owned and operated by Trinity Schools, Inc.


John Lee is Head of School at the Greenlawn campus. Matthew Bartek is Dean of Boys and Ruth Sanford is Dean of Girls. Dr. Kerry Koller is the president of Trinity Schools, Inc.


Trinity School at Greenlawn has been praised for its strong programs in history, writing and mathematics. On four occasions—in 1988–89, 1992–93, 2001–02, and 2012–13—it has been selected by the United States Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School, for:

  • Challenging academic standards and a rigorous curriculum for all students;
  • A disciplined, supportive, safe and drug-free environment;
  • Participatory leadership and a strong partnership among the family, school and community;
  • Excellent teaching and an environment that strengthens teacher skills and improvement;
  • Documented student achievement.

Trinity School at Greenlawn’s graduates have been accepted at many prestigious colleges and universities around the U.S., including Notre Dame, Princeton, Northwestern, Stanford, Saint Mary's, Pepperdine, Johns Hopkins, Yale, Duke, University of Chicago, Rose-Hulman, U.S. Naval Academy, Carnegie Mellon and North Carolina/Chapel Hill.


Students at Trinity School at Greenlawn take a multitude of classes that have been lauded by the United States Department of education, including a 6-year writing course and a 4- year Latin course.


Trinity School at Greenlawn hosts athletic teams for its students. Their mascot is the Titans. The sports for girls are volleyball, soccer and basketball. The sports for boys are soccer and basketball. Greenlawn has posted its best records in boys' basketball and girls' soccer. The school's home games are normally located at the Trinity School Athletic Center. Greenlawn has also hosted golf, fencing and boxing.

Extra Curricular Activities[edit]

Students of Trinity School at Greenlawn participate in a wide variety of sponsored extracurricular activities. Students engage in the Mock Trial program which averages 4-5 teams per year. Students take part in a number of other clubs and committees including: Chamber Choir, Women's Choir, Men's Choir, Art Club, Sustainability Club, Volunteer Club, Student Life Committee, the Trinity School Review, Film Club, and Yearbook. Most of the clubs vary from year to year depending on the interest of the students, this is partly due to the fact that most clubs are student led.

Trinity School Robotics[edit]

Recently a First Lego League team, called the Titans Unleashed, was created at the school for interested 7th and 8th graders. At the 2014 Regional FLL competition at Elkhart Memorial High School, they won an award for Research and qualified for the Indiana State competition in Fort Wayne, IN.


Trinity School at Greenlawn occupies part of a complex of buildings initially named Elm Court, site of the c. 1914 opulent mansion home of Clement Studebaker, Jr., and his family. Studebaker sold the property to Vincent Bendix, one of South Bend's most prestigious businessmen. Bendix never resided in the mansion, preferring to live in Chicago, but he renovated parts of the building to accommodate glamorous parties for air race pilots and Hollywood celebrities. In those days the property became known as Chateau Bendix. After Bendix declared bankruptcy, the mansion was unoccupied for a time. In the late 1940s the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis purchased the site for use as their motherhouse. The sisters preserved the original mansion, with renovations, and added a new three-story building adjacent to the mansion with a magnificent chapel, numerous classrooms and residence space for the order's members. When their ministries shifted geographically away from Indiana, the sisters relocated their motherhouse. The People of Praise community acquired the property in August, 1982, for dual use by Trinity School and by the community's international headquarters. At that point the school became known as Trinity School at Greenlawn, with reference to the address on Greenlawn Avenue. Though there is some overlap, People of Praise offices are situated in the original mansion, and Trinity School leases space in the parts of the building constructed by the sisters.

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