Trinity Catholic High School (Florida)
|Trinity Catholic High School|
2600 SW 42nd Street
|School type||Private, coeducational private|
(Second to None)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic,|
Congregation of Christian Brothers
|President||Mr. Lou Pereira|
|Dean||Mrs. Irene Collier|
|Principal||Dr. Erika Wikstrom|
|Gender||Male and female|
|Classes offered||AP, Honors, Dual Enrollment, College Prep|
|Color(s)||Green and gold|
|Slogan||Live Jesus in our hearts....forever.|
|Accreditation||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Feeder schools||Blessed Trinity, St. Paul's|
|Graduates||100% graduation rate|
|Athletic Director||Mr. Tommy Bond|
Trinity Catholic High School is a Roman Catholic college preparatory day school in Ocala, Florida. Located in the Diocese of Orlando, Trinity Catholic is the first and only Catholic high school in Ocala.
Trinity Catholic High School was founded in 2000 by the Diocese of Orlando. With Bishop Norbert Dorsey's consent and firm support, he invited the Congregation of Christian Brothers to administer the school and to teach. The founding Principal was Br. Thomas Andrew Prendergast, C.F.C., and the other Brothers were Br. Damian Ryan, C.F.C., Br. James Finnegan, C.F.C., and Br. Eugene O'Brien, C.F.C.
There were approximately 50 students which comprised the 9th grade and the school was conducted in a wing of classrooms in Blessed Trinity School, Ocala. In its second year, the 9th and 10th grades were held in portable classrooms on the actual site on which the school was being built. In January, 2002, the official inaugural Mass and Blessing was held with Bishop Norbert Dorsey as head celebrant. Concelebrating the Mass were many of the clergy (pastors) who supported the building of the school, both financially and spiritually.
Special congratulations must be given to Fr. Pat Sheedy, pastor of Blessed Trinity parish, and to Fran Harwas, former principal of Blessed Trinity School. Without their heroic efforts in entrusting the founding of TCHS to the Stewardship way of life (time, talent and treasure), this holy project would never have materialized.
By the time Br. Prendergast completed his two, three year terms as principal, the school had well over 500 students and its reputation for excellence in all areas of school life continues to this day
- Antonio Allen, American football free safety for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL).
- Brittany Bowe, American speed skater
- John Brantley, college football player.
- Rob Henry, football player
Geron Christian (American football )plays for the Washington Redskins
On January 6, 2011, the mayor declared January 6 as Trinity Catholic Celtics Day, in honor of Trinity Catholic sports teams. Trinity Catholic won the FHSAA Football State Championship in 2005 and 2010. Trinity Catholic's girls' soccer team won the FHSAA Soccer State Championship in 2013. In 2011 Quincy Hoppel won the FHSAA 1A 145 lb state title in wrestling. Trinity's Baseball team had won 10 straight district titles, before losing in 2014. That year they won the FHSAA state championship. In 2017, the track team won and the FHSAA 2A Girls State Championship in Adapted Track & Field.
Notes and references
- SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 16, 2010. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
- "Allen, Jarrett Fighting for the 'Other' Safety Spot". Web Cite. Archived from the original on August 13, 2013. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
- "FHSAA Championship Record Books". FHSAA. Retrieved April 1, 2014.