Through the years, numerous facets of Trinity High School have found their way into print or other media. We are pleased to offer some of them here.
First, our thanks to Bob Pfaadt ’59, who took on the challenge of capturing Trinity’s rich history. His work on the history of the school is impressive and offers a great glimpse into how a school that was imagined in the spring of 1953 opened later in the fall! The text is augmented with quotes, images and documents from Trinity’s 60-plus-year history. Much more to come …
Strategic Planning and the Coming of President/Principal Model (1990-99)
With the expansion of building and grounds moving along, one of the proudest moments for Trinity at the beginning of the decade was being recognized as a national Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 1991. This award, presented by the U. S. Department of Education “identified and gave public recognition to outstanding public and private schools.”
Expanding Campus and Lay Administration (1980 - 89)
As the new decade began, the Rev. Joseph McGee, the Superintendent for Catholic High Schools, called for more lay leadership within the secondary schools in the Archdiocese. Fr. Duerr, after discussing the idea with many successful alumni from the 50s and 60s, proposed that Trinity consider having a School Board. John Brenzel recalled asking Fr. Duerr if the Board would have the power to fire the principal. When he answered in the affirmative, Brenzel replied, “Fine, because I don’t want to jack around with something that is just for show.”
Stabilizing Years (1970 - 79)
Finances were always paramount as the school was primarily tuition-driven. Expenses were rising as more lay teachers were hired to meet the growing enrollment and no priests were being assigned by the Archdiocese to teach. It was obvious something needed to be done.
A Decade of Change (1960 - 69)
Dr. Philip Morrow ’64 said that his “two favorite teachers were Fr. Duerr and Fr. Allen. “I remember fondly working with them on the biology projects. These two priests really influenced me to pursue a medical career.”