Trinity Preparatory School
|Trinity Preparatory School|
|Winter Park, Florida
|Motto||Ad astra per aspera - To the stars through difficulties|
|Founder||Rev. Canon A. Rees Hay|
|Head of school||Byron Lawson|
|Number of students||834|
|Student to teacher ratio||11:1|
|Campus||Suburban, 100 acres (0.40 km2)|
Trinity Preparatory School of Florida is an independent college preparatory day-school for students in grades 6 to 12, located in Winter Park, a suburb of Orlando. It is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools.
Trinity was founded in 1966 by community members throughout central Florida under the leadership of the late Reverend Canon A. Rees Hay to create a competitive and academically rigorous secondary school. Its initial enrollment was 173 students in 1968. As of 2017, it had an enrollment of 876 students.
Academics and Faculty
Upper school students are required to complete 22 credits in order to graduate, in English, mathematics, foreign languages, social studies, science, fine arts, computer science, life management, and physical education.
Trinity Preparatory School has 96 degree holding faculty members. 52 have earned at least a Master's degree in their field and 5 have doctorates. There is an 11:1 student to faculty ratio, and the average class size is 17 students in the 2010-2011 school year. In 2010, 27% of the senior class was recognized by the National Merit Scholarship competition, a total of 30 students. The Admissions Committee carefully examines each candidate’s academic record, standardized test results, and teacher and character recommendations to determine his or her potential for success at the school. The current headmaster is Byron Lawson, who was inducted at the end on the 2015-2016 year.
Trinity currently offers fifty-three teams on the varsity, junior varsity, and Middle School levels in fifteen different sports. During the fall, teams participate in bowling, cross country, football, golf, swimming and diving, and volleyball. In the winter, team play is offered in basketball and soccer, with baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis, track and field, and weightlifting rounding out the spring season. Trinity generally falls under the 2A size classification but competes in both 1A and 3A as well. Trinity won the FHSAA All-Sports Award for Class 2A in 2002-03 and for Class 2A Private in 2003-04 and 2010-11. The All-Sports Award is awarded to the top-rated athletics program in each size classification in a given year.
The Girls Varsity Softball team has won three state championships.
In 2007, the Boys Varsity Basketball team upset Jones High School, the defending state champs, en route to a district title before falling in the Class 3A Regional Tournament. The Varsity Baseball team defeated Gulliver Prep to advance to the Class 3A State Championship but fell to Clearwater Central Catholic in the title game. In 2011, the Girls Varsity Soccer team won the District and Regional Tournaments before falling in the State Championship to American Heritage. The Boys Varsity Track and Field team won the Class 1A State Championship. In 2012, the Boys Varsity Tennis Team won the district and regional tournaments, beating The Geneva School in the regional final. In 2015, Girls Varsity Tennis won Districts. The line 1 Doubles team consisting of Samantha DiMaio and Lindsey Green wood have gone to States for girls V. tennis in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, Boys V. Tennis won districts as well.
On January 16, 2013, it was announced that Mike Kruczek had been appointed Head Varsity Football Coach.
The Boys Cross Country team has won eight state championships (1996, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016). In the 2010, 2015, and 2016 seasons, the Saints' team was the best of any classification in Florida. In 2010, the team finished the season ranked 25th in the nation by Harrier and was ranked 13th in the nation at its best.
Under the leadership of coach and Chaplin Kenneth Vinal, the Trinity Preparatory Boys Cross Country Team has won 6 State Titles since 2006. The saints received gold under Ken in 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2015. In the 2015 season, the Saints went undefeated during the regular season, beating elite teams from both New York and South Carolina. They also went undefeated in the State Series sweeping the podium with a perfect score at both district and region. After the state meet in 2015, the team went on as a club team, the Avery Creek Running Club, to participate in the Cross Country Coaches Small School Club National Championship and place 4 runners in the top 5, winning the meet. A week later, The Avery Creek Running Club participated in Nike Cross Regionals Southeast and placed 2nd, earning them an automatic bid to Nike Cross Nationals.
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The Saints' traditional rival, Lake Highland Prep, has recently been replaced by other area schools that have remained in Trinity's size classification. Among these schools are The First Academy of Orlando and Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy of Melbourne.
The Trinity Voice
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The Trinity Voice is Trinity's student news publication. It features articles ranging from current events topics and school news to pop culture. In the 2015-2016 school year, the Voice earned an overall 4.2 out of 5 (gold level) rating from the Florida Scholastic Press Association. The publication recently increased their social media presence on Instagram (@thetrinityvoice), Facebook (@thetrinityprepvoice), and Twitter (@trinity_voice).
Their newspaper is published monthly, and all of their articles can be found online at www.thetrinityvoice.com.
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