Trinity High School (Louisville)

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Trinity High School
Trinity logo.png
4011 Shelbyville Road (US 60)

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United States
Coordinates38°15′11″N 85°39′5″W / 38.25306°N 85.65139°W / 38.25306; -85.65139Coordinates: 38°15′11″N 85°39′5″W / 38.25306°N 85.65139°W / 38.25306; -85.65139
School typePrivate college preparatory
MottoMaximo Animi Ardore
(Maximum Effort of the Soul)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1953 (1953)
FounderArchbishop John Floersh
Sister schoolSacred Heart (Unofficial Mutual Agreement)
Educational authorityNational Catholic Educational Association[1]
AuthorizerTrinity High School Foundation[2]
PresidentRobert Mullen[3]
PrincipalDaniel Zoeller[3]
ChaplainDavid Zettel[4][5]
Teaching staff120[7]
Average class size20:1[7]
Student to teacher ratio10:1[7]
Campus size13 acres [8]
Color(s)Green and white   
SongTrinity Alma Mater
Athletics10 KHSAA Sports
9 Club Sports
Athletics conferenceKentucky High School Athletic Association
RivalsSt. Xavier
Last updated: July 27, 2017

Trinity High School is a Catholic, all-boys, college preparatory high school located in St. Matthews, Kentucky, a city within Louisville Metro (consolidated city/county government). It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville. The school incorporates the Catholic tradition of teaching and learning. The school campus comprises about 1,400 students. In 1992, Trinity was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.[9] In 1995, Trinity was accredited by the non-profit Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (now known as AdvancED).[10]


Trinity first opened its doors in 1953, when Archbishop John Floersh anticipated the growth of Louisville's eastern suburbs by choosing the site of Holy Trinity School, a former Roman Catholic church and grade school in St. Matthews.[9] The school was formerly owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville; however, Trinity is now sponsored by the Archdiocese, owned by the Trinity High School Foundation, Incorporated and governed by the Trinity High School Board, and managed and operated by the administration and faculty.[8] The school is named after the Christian doctrine of the Trinity,[10] which holds that God is three consubstantial persons.[11] The school was founded with the intent to eventually become self-sufficient over time.[10] Trinity's first class graduated in 1957.[12]


Map of Trinity High School from 2017.

On September 1, 1882, Bishop William McClosky established a new parish for the benefit of the farming community of St. Matthews. Until that time, Catholics went into the city for Mass and other liturgical services. This new parish, named Holy Trinity, was the first Catholic Church in eastern Jefferson County, and the twentieth in the area. The Church was dedicated on December 17, 1882. After outgrowing the first church, a second church was built. This second church was heavily damaged by fire in 1937 but was renovated and used until 1953. At that time, the parish donated its property to the Archdiocese for the purpose of establishing Trinity High School. The property also originally contained two buildings which would later be named Floersh Hall and Old Trinity Hall.[13] Before the school opened in the fall of 1953, Shamrock Hall and the Trinity Football Field were added to the campus, as well as a rectory for the resident priest. In 1968, the Trinity Campus was expanded to include Sheehan Hall, which is connected to the main building.

In 1999, construction of the R.W. Marshall Sports Center was completed and serves as the hub for Trinity Athletics. In 2001, Alumni Hall was added to the main building, which serves as the school's cafeteria and administrative hub, as well as hosting the Trinity Campus Store. The Trinity Campus expanded again in 2004 to include the third expansion to the main building, Duerr Hall.

In November 2004, it was announced that Trinity would be razing its athletic stadium to build a brand new one at the end of the season. The R.W. Marshall Stadium was constructed between December 2004 and May 2005, at a cost of $3 million (equivalent to $4.16 million in 2021).[14]

Other buildings on the Trinity Campus include the Communication Arts Center, which holds Convocation Hall, and the Trinity Theatre.[8]

Student body[edit]


A graphical breakdown of Trinity's racial demographics.

The ethnic makeup of Trinity's student body was classified in 2015 by the United States Department of Education as being "overwhelmingly white", with 7.7% of students being African American. Other minorities include Asians (0.7%), Hispanic (1.3%), and students identifying as mixed race (4.7%).[15] All minority students make up a combined 11.2% of the student body.[16]


The Trinity Athletics Department participates in 14 different KHSAA sanctioned sports and KSHAA sports activities. Trinity also participates in five different club sports.[17]

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  2. ^ "Trinity Foundation". Trinity High School. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Trinity High School". Louisville Catholic Schools. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  4. ^ "Trinity Faculty: David Zettel". Trinity High School. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  5. ^ Davis, Robert (April 14, 2016). "Fr. Dave Zettel- passionate about Trinity for more than 60 years". Trinity ECHO. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  6. ^ "Trinity Faculty List". Trinity High School. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c "Trinity High School". Private School Review. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  8. ^ a b c "Executive Summary: Trinity High School". AdvancED. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Kentucky Blue Ribbon Private Schools". Public School Review. Retrieved August 19, 2016.
  10. ^ a b c Zoeller, Daniel; Mullen, Robert; Torra, James; Saxton, Bret; Hughes, Melanie; Toth, Chris; Joy, Carrie; Porter, Joe (August 1, 2016). "Trinity High School Leader: Fall 2016 Edition" (PDF). Trinity High School. Retrieved June 8, 2017.
  11. ^ Mickelson, Berkeley (September 28, 1978). The Family Bible Encyclopedia. Sunset Books. p. 3790. ISBN 9780891911272.
  12. ^ "Trinity Football Record Book". MaxPreps. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  13. ^ "Holy Trinity Catholic Church: History". Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  14. ^ Karmann III, John R. (November 8, 2004). "Trinity to build new Athletic Stadium". Louisville Business First. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  15. ^ "Trinity High School in Louisville, Kentucky". USA School Info. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  16. ^ "Trinity High School". SchoolDigger. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  17. ^ Saxton, Rob. "Trinity Parent Manual" (PDF). Trinity High School. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  18. ^ "Trinity Ace Littrell Keeps Rolling". Lexington Herald-Leader. April 29, 2010. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  19. ^ "Trever Douglas Miller". Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  20. ^ "Jimmy Osting". Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  21. ^ "Rob Bironas profile". Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  22. ^ "Brian Brohm". Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  23. ^ "Jeff Brohm Bio". CBS Interactive. June 12, 2014. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  24. ^ "Jeff Brohm". Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  25. ^ "Cardwell Garner". Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  26. ^ "Donnie Gardner". Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  27. ^ a b "Trinity High School Hall of Fame". Trinity High School. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  28. ^ "Houston Dynamo acquires John Michael Hayden in first round of 2007 MLS SuperDraft". January 23, 2010. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  29. ^ "UofL Libraries:Mayors of Louisville". University of Louisville. Archived from the original on April 27, 2007. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  30. ^ "Biography of Robert L. "Bob" Heleringer". Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  31. ^ Turner, April (April 28, 2016). "Steve Crump Named NABJ Journalist of the Year In a Small or Medium-Sized Market". National Association of Black Journalists. Retrieved June 8, 2017.
  32. ^ "Gary Sullivan '78 wins IEEE Award". Trinity High School. August 16, 2011. Archived from the original on December 14, 2014. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  33. ^ "Troy Yocum". Tonic. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2017.

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