Trinity School at River Ridge

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Trinity School at River Ridge
United States
Type Private Christian
Motto Verum, Bonum, Pulchrum
Established 1987
CEEB code 214688
Head teacher John Balsbaugh
Faculty ~ 40
Enrollment ~ 300
Color(s) Royal Blue, White, Cardinal Red
Mascot Hawks (Tri-Hawks)

Trinity School at River Ridge is an independent school located in Eagan, Minnesota. Owned and operated by Trinity Schools, Inc, it is a Christian school providing classical education to students in grades 6-12. The River Ridge campus was founded in 1987 by the People of Praise, an ecumenical Christian community. Located at 601 River Ridge Parkway, Suite 200, in Eagan, Minnesota 55121, this 1996 and 2008 Blue Ribbon school is accredited by North Central Association and Independent School Association of the Central States (NCA/ISACS).

The River Ridge campus has two sister schools, Greenlawn and Meadow View.


River Ridge, the second campus of Trinity Schools, Inc., opened in the Twin Cities in 1987 with 6 teachers and 31 students, using rented facilities at Gethsemane Episcopal Church. Dan Ferris served as headmaster. In 1991 the school moved from its downtown Minneapolis site to Bloomington, Minnesota, after purchasing a building (itself a former school) from Control Data Corporation, which had been using the location for business. In 1991, when William Wacker became headmaster, the school had grown to 112 students and 18 teachers. In December, 2007, the River Ridge campus relocated to a new, custom-built campus in Eagan, Minnesota.

The 2007 Move[edit]

In 2005, runway expansion at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport resulted in noise levels greater than 65 decibels on the River Ridge campus in Bloomington. The Metropolitan Airports Commission offered a grant to Trinity School of approximately $7M either to install soundproofing or to help in a move to a new location. Trinity School accepted the grant and selected a new site in Eagan, a nearby suburb, near the intersection of Argenta Trail and Interstate 494. The board of governors of the People of Praise authorized a fund-raising campaign and approved a construction plan for the new campus, which included offices, classrooms, science labs, a commons area, a two-station gym and soccer field. Groundbreaking at the new site occurred at ceremonies on October 19, 2006. The move from the Bloomington campus to the Eagan campus took place in December, 2007, after construction was completed on schedule.


Mr. John Balsbaugh is the headmaster of the school. Mr. Pat Murphy is the academic dean. Mr. Jeffrey Showalter is the dean of boys and Ms. Penelope Arndt the dean of girls.

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