Trinity Preparatory School
Backstory and Context
The founding and establishment of Trinity Preparatory School started at the Orlando Community Leaders group. This group was discussing the much needed schooling around Central Florida that was high quality, competitive, and independent secondary schooling. The leader of this group who was in charge of these efforts was Reverend Canon A. Rees Hay. In 1968 the Trinity Preparatory School was officially established and ready for their students to learn and be curious on their campus. The first class of the school held only 173 students, which is drastically different than the 845 students today. In remembrance of the founders, especially Reverend Canon A. Rees Hay, every year the whole schools gathers for an assembly. This tradition is what they call Founders' Day and within this assembly someone from the founders group comes to discuss their history with Trinity. Reverend Canon A. Rees Hay is most notable as the leader and founder of the school. His goal when creating Trinity Preparatory school was to create a new rigorous and advanced schooling that others in Central Florida lacked in the 1960s. He also was an established author, creating the book A Dream Realized: A History of Trinity Preparatory School in 1989.
The school since first being established has come a long way. After opening many of the other Florida schools both public and private, thought Trinity Prep wasn't what the area needed. However, through many years and many competitions, statistics, and various other ways Florida has come to recognize Trinity Preparatory as a rigorous program. The biggest competition they had when first opening were Lake Highland Prep and Bishop Moore. Even today these schools now alongside Trinity Prep are the known competitors in Florida.Trinity is now ranked Orlando's number one school in STEM learning, approximately 15% of their student athletes commit to playing sports in their college careers, and they school holds 17 national merit scholar semifinalists. This all comes at the steep price of tuition which is $22,990. The institution has lots of great alumni and networking circles for their students to connect with. Trinity also is a school focused on readying their students for college curriculum. This is done through their Advanced Placement testing, faculty and staff, along with the rigorous level of classes.
The school also is part of many memberships such as the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS). Along with this the school's religious affiliation is Episcopal making it all the more unique in the state of Florida. Trinity Prep prides itself on having one of the highest amounts of AP courses offered with 25 total. Extracurricular clubs/activities offered at the school come to a total of 30 with things such as art, history, music, and even political clubs.
“History & Traditions.” Trinity Prep, www.trinityprep.org/about/history-traditions.
“About.” Trinity Preparatory School, www.trinityprep.org/about.
“Our Campus.” Trinity Prep, www.trinityprep.org/about/our-campus.
Reed, Ed, et al. “Trinity Prep 34, Shorecrest 0.” The St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, FL), 2001. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edsggr&AN=edsgcl.79800652&site=eds-live&scope=site.
This source is from the University of Central Florida’s library database and is from newspaper headline in 2001. This citation shows the Trinity Preparatory School’s football team winning against Shorecrest 34 – 0. This shows how good the school’s team was even close to their beginnings.
Young, Donna. “Trinity Prep Gets New Building to House Theater, Computer Labs, Art Rooms, More.” Orlando Business Journal, vol. 14, no. 12, Aug. 1997, p. 24. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edo&AN=9709183641&site=eds-live&scope=site.
This source is from the University of Central Florida’s library database and is from the Orlando Business Journal volume 14. In August 1997 the journal published an article about Trinity Preparatory School and how they’re building new installments. These new installments being a theatre, computer lab, and even more to their new campus.
“Appleton Is Pepped to Introduce Trinity Prep.” Appleton Creative, 9 June 2015, www.appletoncreative.com/blog/appleton-is-pepped-to-introduce-trinity-prep/.
Carnahan, J.C. “Trinity Prep Football Ruled Ineligible for Postseason Play by FHSAA.” Baltimoresun.com/Maryland/Carroll, Carroll County Times, 29 June 2019, www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll/os-sp-hs-trinity-prep-football-0915-story.html.