Trinity High School (Euless, Texas)

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Trinity High School
Trinity High School logo
Front view of Trinity High School
Address
500 North Industrial Boulevard
Euless, Tarrant County, Texas 76039
United States
Information
Type Public
Motto Responsibility, Pride, and Determination Make Trinity Different
Established 1968
School district Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District
NCES School ID 482406002682[1]
Principal Mike Harris
Faculty 175 (2016-17)[2]
Grades 10-12
Number of students 2,574 (2016-17)[2]
 • Grade 10 886[2]
 • Grade 11 874[2]
 • Grade 12 814[2]
Color(s)           Black & Red
Athletics conference UIL Class AAAAAA (6A)
Mascot Trojan
Rival L.D. Bell High School
Newspaper Palantir
Yearbook Triune
Website

Trinity High School (also known as Euless Trinity) is a public high school in Euless, Texas. The school serves grade levels 10–12 and is a part of the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District.

The school is named "Trinity" as an homage to the three cities comprised by the school district in which it is located: Hurst, Euless, and Bedford (and also as a reference to the nearby Trinity River, which forms the southern border of the school district). The school's mascot is a Trojan. The Trinity High School football team has won the Texas 5A Division 1 State Championship 3 times in the past decade (2005, 2007, 2009).[3][4]

Trinity High School is also notable as the most diverse public high school in Texas and the fifth most diverse public high school in the country.[5]

History[edit]

Alternate logo of Trinity High School, used on some school stationery

Trinity was established as the second high school in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District. (The first high school being L.D. Bell High School, which opened in 1957 in Euless and moved to its current site in Hurst in 1965.) The campus sits on a hillside in west central Euless, less than 500 feet from the Euless-Bedford city limit.

Campus[edit]

Aerial image of the entire campus

Trinity High School is made up of eleven distinct buildings, most of which are named for the department they house (often abbreviated to just the first letter). The nine original buildings were: the Fine Arts Building, the Academics Building, the Library, the Science Building, the Physical Education Building, the Cafeteria, the Driver's Education Building, a small two-story building called D-Building, and an Administration Building. The Physical Education building formerly included a natatorium that was mothballed and eventually demolished in the 2010s. The late 1990s brought three major changes to the campus: a system of covered walkways was built to connect most of the school's buildings, a new band hall was added to the Fine Arts Building, and a wing was added to the Academics Building. This new wing became the new face of the campus because of its large and prominent façade and provided new offices for the principal, assistant principals, and secretaries. The original Administration Building was converted to house the counselors' offices.

In the first few years of the new millennium, two new buildings were added to the Trinity campus. The two-story N-Building lies on the campus's southern edge and houses the Foreign Language Department and many classes of and the office of the coordinator of the International Baccalaureate program. Just a little further into campus from the D-Building is the new W-Building. The W-Building houses special education classrooms and is specifically designed to accommodate the needs of students with physical disabilities. An activity center named for former principal B.J. Murray opened in 2013 with a 60-yard indoor field, offices, locker rooms, and a weight room dedicated after Trinity alum Ryan McBean.[6] The center is colloquially referred to as "the Mac".[7]

Student body[edit]

During the 2016-2017 school year, Trinity High School enrolled 2,574 students in grade 10 (34.4%), grade 11 (34.0%), and grade 12 (31.6%). Ethnicities represented include white (31.3%), Hispanic (29.2%), African-Americans (21.4%), Asian and Pacific Islander (9.9%), Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islander (3.2%), two or more races (4.3%), and Native American (0.8%).[2] Forty-eight percent were economically disadvantaged.[2]

Trinity High School receives students from three feeder schools: all students from Euless Junior High school and most students zoned to Harwood Junior High school attend Trinity along with roughly half of the students from Central Junior High school. Students in the attendance zones for Bell Manor, Lakewood, Meadow Creek, Midway Park, North Euless, Oakwood Terrace, Shady Brook, South Euless, Spring Garden, Viridian, and Wilshire elementary schools attend Trinity High School.[8]

The State of Texas defined "college readiness," or readiness to undergo university studies, by scores on the ACT and SAT and in the 11th grade Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests. Holly Hacker of The Dallas Morning News said that the school was "high-performing" in that regard.[9]

Academics[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Trinity hosts its home games at Pennington Field, which they also share with L.D. Bell High School. Most athletic activity at Trinity occurs in the "P" building, as well as the activity center.

Players performing the Haka in the annual game versus L.D. Bell

Achievements[edit]

  • Currently playing in Texas 6A Division 1 American football, the Trinity Trojan football team has earned 28 Texas State Playoff appearances, including 23 District Championships, seven semifinal appearances, 5 state championship appearances, and three state titles.
  • The Boys' Tennis team succeeded in taking the 4A All-District Title in 1978 under the leadership of Hall of Fame, All Conference Tennis Coach, Cal Hopkins, defeating L.D. Bell with a Finals match between Trinity's Robert Matuszewski and L.D. Bell's Tom Ferris.
  • The Girls' Soccer team reached the State Playoffs in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. They have also won the NSCAA Team Academic Award in 2005 and 2006.
  • The Boys' Soccer team reached the State Playoffs in 1986, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.[16]
  • The Girls' Basketball team has earned playoff spots 17 times in the past 20 seasons, including a 33-2 record in 2002. Coach Sue Cannon started the 2006 season with a career record of 858-251, with 490-173 at Trinity. They became the Area Champions in 2007.
  • The Boys' Basketball team were the 1996 State Runners-Up.[17]
  • The Boys' Gymnastics team won State Championships in 1990 and 2002. The 2007 season brought them District Runner-Up, 2nd at Regionals, placed 5th at State, 3 Regionals Champions, one State Champion, and 2 athletes qualified for National Gymnastic Meet in Tenn.[17]
  • The Girls' Lacrosse team won the Div. II State Championship on May 6, 2007. They entered the tournament ranked second and defeated the defending div. II champions (9-8).[18]
  • The Girls' Cross Country team was the District 7-5A Champion in 2007.
  • The Boys' Cross Country team had 2 runners qualified for Regionals in 2007.
  • The Girls' Swimming team became the District Champions and had 13 qualified for Regionals in 2007.
  • The Boys' Swimming became the District Runner-up and had 8 qualified for Regionals in 2007.
  • The Baseball team was Bi-District Champion in 1999 and 2000 and reached Area-Round Competition in 2002 and 2003.
  • The Softball was Bi-District Champions in 2007.
  • The Tennis team won Runner up district Champions in 2003 and anvanced to Regional team tennis quarterfinalist under Coach Kevin Faulse.
  • The Volleyball team won the District Championship in 2001 and 2007.
  • The Drill Team in 2007 National Champions - Novelty 2nd place - Pom 5th place - Jazz Award of Excellence - awards to the top 10 teams at the competition [1]
  • The THS Cheerleaders won first place in a National Championship in Florida. Winning their division and finished in the top 10 of the overall level 4 division (out of 36 teams) in 2008.
  • The Computer Science team (The Bobsled Team) had 2 TCEA state-finalist teams, 1 of which came in 1st at the regional competition in 2007.
  • The Trinity Swim Team Produced the school's lone National Champion, Tony Tommasi who swam the 50 freestyle in 20.65 in 1994. He still holds the school record for the 50 free (20.65) and the 100 Free (45.97)

Fine arts[edit]

Band program[edit]

Mr. William D. Reavis was the first director of bands and fine arts at Trinity from its inception, a position he held until 1972. Before the school's opening, he composed the music and words for Trinity's alma mater and fight song. The band quickly became successful, continually winning sweepstakes at UIL competitions. In January 1972, Trinity's symphonic band was invited to represent the United States by Mexico's Department of Cultural Exchange, performing at Three Rivers High School before playing three concerts in Monterrey, Mexico.

The band continues to participate in UIL competitions, where the band continues a tradition of performance. In 2017, they resumed membership in Bands of America and participated in the Super-Regional Championship in Atlanta at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where they placed 15th.[19]

Drama[edit]

The Trinity Drama Department has also had its share of success, advancing to the State finals for UIL One Act Play in 1987, 1990, 1991, and 1992. They won the State Championship in 1992.

Photography[edit]

The Trinity Photography Department is a 5 time State Champion program. In 2008 Trinity had at least 9 finalists in the Best of College Photo Contest. At the Texas A&M Photo Shootout and the Association of Texas Photography Instructors Winter Conference in Arlington the Trojans brought home 33 awards. In 2008 alone the Trinity Photo Department won over 100 awards. They also had a special appearance in the nationally broadcast Dallas Cowboys End of Year Special in 2008.[20] The Trinity Photography Department won State Championships in 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, and 2005.

Choir[edit]

The Trinity Choir program has seen success after success in National Competitions and at home. In 2007, the Trinity High School Choirs won 10 out of the 11 awards at the Disney Festival and received Sweepstakes ratings in the UIL Competition. The show choir, Harmony, is an award-winning 14-16 member auditioned ensemble and perform throughout the Metroplex including places such as The Mansion on Turtle Creek, the Nationalization Ceremony for immigrants, and the Ft. Worth Petroleum Club.

Yearbook[edit]

Trinity’s Triune Yearbook has received National Awards for its 2007 publication. Including the Gold Medalist from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the highest ranking category. They have been nominated to receive the prestigious CSPA Crown Award presented only to the top 30 yearbooks in the Nation. They received the All-American rating with 5 marks of Distinction from the National Press Association, the NSPA's highest ranking. Triune has been selected as an elite NSPA Pacemaker Finalist recognizing the top 25 books nationally. They have also been selected by Taylor Publishing as a top 5% outstanding yearbook that will be shared with yearbook staffs around the country.[21]

Trojan Crew[edit]

Formerly called Trojan Men, the now co-educational Trojan Crew waves the schools banner during football games, the school scores a touchdown, the Crew runs the letter flags and Nike flags down the field in support, raising the spirits of the players and the student section.[22]

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Distinction Graduated
Garth TenNapel Former NFL lineacker (1976-78) for the Lions and Falcons ~1972[23]
Neil Denari Architect 1975[24]
Mike Baab Former NFL center (1982–92) for the Browns, Patriots, and Chiefs 1978[24]
Michael Muhney Actor 1993[25]
D. J. Brigman Professional golfer 1994[24]
Sarah Shahi Actress 1998
Ryan McBean Baltimore Ravens defensive end 2003[24]
Daniel Woolard Professional soccer player for D.C. United 2003
Dustin Ybarra Stand-up comedian and actor[26] 2004
Trevor Vittatoe American football quarterback 2006
Dimitri Nance American football running back 2006
Kimberly Matula Actress 2006
Denarius McGhee College American football player 2010[27]
Myles Turner Indiana Pacers Center 2014
Mack Beggs Wrestling champion, transgender rights activist 2018

Championships[edit]

Year Organization Award
1978 Rodeo Team Chute Dogging Championship (Barry Winford)
1979 Rodeo Team Saddle bronc Championship (Dino Hebb)
1987 Debate Team State Mock Trial Championship
1990 Men's Gymnastics UIL State Championship
1992 Drama Department UIL State Championship One Act Play
1992 Journalism Department UIL Silver Star Award for Newspaper (The Palantir)[2]
2002 Men's Gymnastics UIL State Championship
2005 Women's football (soccer) NSCAA Team Academic Award
2005 American Football UIL State Championship
2006 Women's Soccer NSCAA Team Academic Award
2007 Girls Lacrosse UIL Division II State Championship
2007 Football UIL State Championship
2007 Women's Soccer NSCAA Team Academic Award
2008 Cheerleading National Champions
2008 Criminal Justice Texas Public Service Association State Championships
2009 Girls Lacrosse UIL State Championship
2009 Football UIL State Championship

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "2016-17 Texas Academic Performance Report" (PDF). Texas Education Agency. p. 1-20. Retrieved November 26, 2017. 
  3. ^ Lunsford, J. Lynn (2006-11-16). "A Tongan War Dance Enlivens Football in Euless, Texas". Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 2006-12-02. Retrieved 2007-05-08.  (WSJ link)
  4. ^ Verdejo, Angel (2007-12-22). "Trinity wins 2nd title in 3 years". Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. Archived from the original on January 3, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  5. ^ "2017 Most Diverse Public High Schools in America". Niche. Retrieved 28 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "Hundreds turn out for activity center ribbon cuttings". Hurst Euless Bedford Independent School District. 2013-05-16. Retrieved 2015-09-10. 
  7. ^ "B. J. Murray Activity Center". Trinity Trojans. Trinity Trojan Football Booster Club. Retrieved November 26, 2017. 
  8. ^ "HEB ISD:Map & Attendance Zones". Hurst Euless Bedford Independent School District. Retrieved 2017-09-20. 
  9. ^ Hacker, Holly K. "Analysis shows true Texas high school performance, stripping away socioeconomic factors." The Dallas Morning News. September 3, 2011. Retrieved on February 10, 2012.
  10. ^ Brock, Katherine Cromer; Claassen, Jeff (2007-05-16). "School ratings can hide disparities: Another way to gauge high school quality" (– Scholar search). Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Northeast edition). pp. 1B,9B. [dead link] (direct link to chart)
  11. ^ "America's Most Challenging High Schools: Trinity". The Washington Post. 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-27. 
  12. ^ "Tarrant schools make the grade" (– Scholar search). Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Northeast edition). 2007-05-22. [dead link]
    "America's Top Public High Schools". Newsweek. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-05-23. Retrieved 2007-05-22. 
  13. ^ Smith, Diane (September 14, 2016). "National Merit semifinalists: 108 Tarrant-area seniors make list". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Archived from the original on November 26, 2017. Retrieved November 26, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Semifinalists: 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program" (PDF). Thesis Magazine. p. 5. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 26, 2017. Retrieved November 26, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Academic Excellence Indicator System; 2005-06 District Performance; Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD; Trinity H S". Texas Education Agency. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  16. ^ "Trinity Trojan Soccer". Trinity Football (soccer) Booster Club. Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  17. ^ a b "Dallas Morning News; My High School; Euless Trinity Trojans; Sports History". Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on 2013-01-25. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  18. ^ "Communications Department - District Spotlight - Archives, THS Girls' Lacrosse Win State Championship!". May 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  19. ^ Casanova, Mario. "BOA Atlanta Financial Agreement" (PDF). Trinity High School Band. Retrieved 13 April 2018. 
  20. ^ "Trinity Photography Awards". Retrieved 2008-03-19. [permanent dead link]
  21. ^ "Trinity Triune Awards". Retrieved 2008-03-23. [permanent dead link]
  22. ^ "Trojan Crew | Trinity Trojans". Trinity Trojan Football. Retrieved 13 April 2018. 
  23. ^ "Garth Ten Napel". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 6, 2014. 
  24. ^ a b c d "WFAA.com - My High School; Euless Trinity Trojans; Famous Alumni". WFAA.com. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  25. ^ "Michael Muhney Biography". 
  26. ^ Michael Granberry (2018-02-06). "The ABC show 'Kevin (Probably) Saves the World' is full of Texas connections". Guide Live. Retrieved 2018-02-07. 
  27. ^ "Division I Championship Subdivision College Football". Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 

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