Trinity High School (Louisville)

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Trinity High School
Trinity logo.png
4011 Shelbyville Road (US 60)
Louisville, KY, (Jefferson County) 40207
United States
Coordinates 38°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
Type Private, all-male, college preparatory
Motto Maximo Animi Ardore
(Maximum Effort of the Soul)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1953
President Dr. Robert Mullen, Ph.D.
Principal Daniel Zoeller, M.Ed.
Faculty 69
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1369 (2011)
Student to teacher ratio about 20:1 in Core classes
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Green and White         
Slogan "Brothers For Life"
Athletics 10 KHSAA Sports
9 Club Sports
Athletics conference Kentucky High School Athletic Association
Nickname Shamrocks
Team name Trinity Rocks
Newspaper ECHO
Communities served Archdiocese of Louisville

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). 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. 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. Trinity has been named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence,[1] has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is nationally recognized.[citation needed]


The Trinity Campus expanded in 2004 to include Duerr Hall. Other buildings which adorn the Trinity Campus include Old Trinity, Flaget, Floersh, Sheehan, Communication Arts Center, Trinity Auditorium, R.W. Marshall Sports Center, Steinhauser Gymnasium and Shamrock Hall. In 2001, Trinity became the first local school to adopt a system of ten "Houses" named after saints and noted Catholic thinkers, including Aquinas, Becket, Dante, Flannan, Gonzaga, Merton, Patrick, Romero, Seton and Toussaint. The Houses organize the student body into ten different groups which compete in numerous extracurricular activities, involve nearly 100 students in leadership opportunities as House captains or representatives and build upon school spirit.

The House System is a way for students to make friends, and get connected and involved in the fabric of the school right away. Examples of House activities include: marquee events; basketball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee and softball intramurals; PS4 and video game tournaments; art, essay, speech, trivia and other academically oriented contests. In 2005 the Toussaint Monarchs won the House cup just ahead of the Becket Titans, becoming the first House to win two House cups. To date, Trinity has been visited by more than two dozen schools from around the nation to learn more about the unique initiative. The class of 2007 collectively earned more than $19 million in merit scholarships and was Trinity's 51st graduating class.



The Trinity Shamrocks football program is one of the most successful programs in Kentucky. The team, which annually boasts a roster of over 100 student-athletes, is also one of the largest and most storied programs in the state's history. The 24 state championships are the most in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association's history and the program's 500-plus wins put them among the top programs statewide, despite only maintaining a program for 58 years (less than half the years of leader Louisville Male High School's time).

The program has seven undefeated seasons, a state-record 50-game winning streak from 1988 to 1991, and four Mr. Kentucky Football award winners in Keith Calvin (1973), Jeff Brohm (1989), brother Brian Brohm (2003), and James Quick (2012). The team has also won three consecutive titles on three separate occasions, first in 1988 to 1990, then again in 2001 to 2003 and then four consecutive seasons from 2005 to 2008. Trinity plays their home games on Father Harry Jansing Field in R.W. Marshall Stadium. The Dant Clayton-designed stadium features synthetic turf, concession areas on both sides of the stadium, seats for nearly 4,000 visitors, press boxes for both the home and away teams and two luxury boxes. The stadium has also hosted lacrosse matches, soccer games and youth football city championship games.

The team's primary rival, St. Xavier, has met the Shamrocks in the title game five times, with Trinity holding a 3-2 advantage in those contests. The first Friday in October is generally when Trinity and St. X meet at the University of Louisville's Papa John's Cardinal Stadium for the annual regular season rivalry. This game is promoted by the schools as the most-attended annual regular-season high school football game in the country, typically drawing over 35,000 fans.[2] For the 2004 game, attendance was announced at 37,500 people.

In 2008, NFL Films produced a documentary about the rivalry that was nationally broadcast on CBS on Thanksgiving Day. The rivalry between the two powers also often extends into the playoffs. After losing the regular season game 48-16 in September 2005, Trinity defeated St. Xavier in the Class 4A state championship 14-6 in December. It was the school's then-state record 16th football crown. On December 8, 2007, Trinity sealed the first ever 6A championship under the newly established class system that implemented six classes instead of the previous four. Trinity has now won a title in each of the 3A, 4A and 6A classifications, with the most recent coming in December 2010. Success in 2010 and 2011 saw Trinity finish within the top 15 in national polls for the first time in consecutive seasons. At the end of the 2011 season, the Shamrocks were named "National Champions" by and Sports Illustrated, among others.[citation needed]

The following is a list of Trinity's 24 state championships:

Year Coach Class Opponent Score
1968 Jim Kennedy 3A Seneca 29-18
1972 Jim Kennedy 3A Butler 21-0
1973 Dave Moore 3A Southern 16-0
1976 Dave Moore 4A Henderson County 28-24
1977 Dave Moore 4A Greenup County 28-7
1980 Roger Gruneisen 4A Paducah Tilghman 31-8
1983 Roger Gruneisen 4A Owensboro 26-7
1985 Dennis Lampley 4A Lexington Lafayette 28-7
1988 Dennis Lampley 4A DuPont Manual 28-0
1989 Dennis Lampley 4A Warren Central 28-14
1990 Dennis Lampley 4A Warren Central 27-14
1994 Dennis Lampley 4A Boone County 21-7
2001 Bob Beatty 4A Male 45-19
2002 Bob Beatty 4A Male 59-56
2003 Bob Beatty 4A Saint Xavier 17-14
2005 Bob Beatty 4A Saint Xavier 14-6
2006 Bob Beatty 4A Ryle 46-7
2007 Bob Beatty 6A Saint Xavier 34-28
2008 Bob Beatty 6A Simon Kenton 48-0
2010 Bob Beatty 6A Male 38-0
2011 Bob Beatty 6A Scott County 62-21
2012 Bob Beatty 6A PRP 61-7
2014 Bob Beatty 6A Dixie Heights 47-14
2016 Bob Beatty 6A Lexington Lafayette 56-21
State Championships 24

Current Shamrocks in NCAA FBS Football

Graduation Year Player Position College Team
2013 Dalyn Dawkins Running Back Colorado State
2013 Ryan


Defensive Back Vanderbilt
2013 James Quick Wide Receiver Louisville
2013 Deshawn


Linebacker Western Kentucky
2014 Reggie Bonnafon Quarterback Louisville
Division 1 Shamrocks 5

The following is a list of Trinity's "US Army All-American Bowl Participants":

Year Player Position College
2003 Brian Brohm Quarterback Louisville
2013 Jason Hatcher Defensive Line Kentucky
2013 James Quick Wide Receiver Louisville
US Army All-Americans 1

The following is a list of Trinity's "High School All-Americans":

Year Player Position College
2003 Brian Brohm Quarterback Louisville
2009 Jordan Whiting[3] Linebacker Louisville
2011 James Quick[4] Wide Receiver
HS All-Americans 3

The following is a list of Trinity's Mr. Football Award (Kentucky):

Year Player Position College
1988 Jeff Brohm Quarterback Louisville
2003 Brian Brohm Quarterback Louisville
2012 James Quick Wide Receiver Louisville
Kentucky Mr. Football 3


Trinity won its first regional basketball title in 2004 after beating Male 56-46 in the 7th region finals. By winning the regional, Trinity advanced to the state tournament for the first time in school history, losing to defending state champion Mason County in three overtimes, 66-59. The team finished the 2004–2005 season with its best record in school history, a 29-4 mark. Zach Berry, Bret Saxton and Kyle Saxton were named Kentucky All-Stars following the season, marking the fourth, fifth and sixth players from the school to earn the honor. Ray Byron, Reid Markham and Chris McCoy were also All-Stars. In 2007, Tanner Jacobs became the seventh player to be so honored. Trinity won its first KHSAA State Championship by winning the Sweet Sixteen tournament in 2012. The Rocks finished the season with a 35-3 record, and only one loss within the state of Kentucky. The Rocks also won the prestigious Louisville Invitational Tournament (LIT) in January.

Performing arts[edit]

Trinity's Department of Theatre[edit]

The Theatre department was founded in 1967 by Fr. Theodore Sans. First producing Oh! Susanna (1967),[5] Sans was the producer until the spring of 1985 for Oliver! In the Fall of 1985 Greg Sysol, who started as House Manager in 1980, succeeded Fr. Sans over as the theater's producer for My Three Angels. Sysol has been producer ever since, except for a brief hiatus from the fall of 2003 to his return in the fall of 2007 for Frankenstein. Mr. Sysol also has served as resident scenic and lighting designer, and occasionally served as Technical Director since 1994. Mr. Sysol was succeeded by G.E. Simmons Falk, following his retirement from the theater in the spring of 2010 after producing his last show, South Pacific. Falk left for professional work and was replaced by C.J. Rush.

Each year, the department produces one fall play and one spring musical. Both the cast and crew are made up of students from various local Catholic High Schools who voluntarily participate. Adults work in supervisory, training and scriptwriting roles within the productions. Participation in the Theatre program allows students at Trinity to earn academic credits which can be used towards graduation.[6]

The Trinity Auditorium was finished in 1979, and opened with the gala performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Trinity Music Production[edit]

Mr. Scott Ross (No relation to Rick Ross) is the choir director, band director/teacher and also teaches guitar, handbell ensemble and is the director of Trinity's A Capella Club.

The Trinity Choir is a co-curricular class. The class meets during the day for credit and performs outside of class for school, community and regional events. They also compete at the District, State and National levels in sanctioned festivals. Admittance requires instructor approval. The Men's Chorus won at a national music competition in Disney World in 2001.[7]

The Trinity Jazz Band is a co-curricular class. The band meets every day during school as a class for credit and also performs outside of class time for school, community, and regional events. Jazz Band is an advanced class for sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have completed at least two years of formal instrumental music classes. Students must audition for entrance into the class. The class includes small and large ensemble playing. Also covered are improvisation and listening skills in many styles of music: Swing, Rock, Latin, and Fusion, among others.[8] The Jazz Band performs twice annually, along with the Trinity Singers.

Trinity Television[edit]

Trinity Television, or TTV, is a news program broadcast to the entire student body of Trinity High School. The program is used to convey current local and national news, as well as school announcements. The program is produced in-house completely by students in the broadcast journalism class. Through the elective courses, students learn the basics of video production, including on-location recording, as well as linear and non-linear editing.

Once a month, Trinity's Comdey club produces a program known as "The Sham," which is broadcast after TTV on one Thursday during the month.


Academic levels[edit]

Upon admittance to the school, students are given an academic level based around their proficiency in various subjects. These levels are:

  • Traditional I- For students who have learning difficulties.
  • Traditional II-For Students with learning disabilities.
  • Academic- For mid-level students.
  • Honors- For above average students. (The equivalent of 'Advanced' in the Jefferson County Public School System)
  • Advanced- For gifted and accelerated students.
  • AP (College Credit Courses)

Trinity's system of academic levels has been called a "model for the nation."[9]

Notable alumni[edit]


Politics and law


See also[edit]


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  4. ^ "ESPNHS Football All-American Team". ESPN. Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
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  6. ^ "Trinity High School - Admissions - Louisville, KY Catholic School". Trinity High School. Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  7. ^ Trinity Choir,; accessed March 28, 2016.
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  9. ^ "Programs of Study". Trinity High School. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
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  18. ^ "Trinity Ace Littrell Keeps Rolling". Lexington Herald-Leader. April 29, 2010. Retrieved July 9, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Dean May". Retrieved June 12, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Trever Douglas Miller". Retrieved June 12, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Jimmy Osting". Retrieved June 12, 2015. 
  22. ^ a b "Trinity High School Hall of Fame". Trinity High School. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Longtime Friend Helped Attorney Break into Sports Law". Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Biography of Robert L. "Bob" Heleringer". Retrieved February 6, 2016. 
  25. ^ Leonard, Connie (2013). "Rocks lose 27-26 but impress on National TV". WAVE 3 News. Retrieved December 26, 2016. 
  26. ^ Foley, Susan (June 25, 2008). "Interview with Louis J. Hollenbach III". Pass the Word. Kentucky Oral History Commission. Retrieved December 26, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Gary Sullivan '78 wins IEEE Award". Trinity High School. August 16, 2011. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  28. ^ Data Compression Conference (DCC 2013), March 2013.

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