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A Brief History of Trinity School

In the early 1990s, a group of Christians from different churches began to dream of a new school for Durham and Chapel Hill. Some were parents with children in public schools, some with homeschooling experience, and some with backgrounds in independent schools. Some were visionaries without school-age children. All shared a vision for education that integrated thoroughgoing Christian faith with the best teaching and learning. 

In the winter of 1995, a group began meeting to craft a vision and explore the logistics of a new school. Trinity School was incorporated in the spring of 1995, and shortly after Labor Day of that same year, the school opened its doors for the first time to 39 students in three classes covering five grades, K–4. 

In its early years, the school met at Hope Creek Church on Erwin Road. The school expanded upwards to sixth grade, and then later up to eighth grade. The latter expansion was made possible by the purchase of twenty-two acres of land on Pickett Road. In the summer of 2000, the school broke ground for its first permanent facilities, funded by Trinity’s first $5 million Capital Campaign. The new buildings included an academic building and a gymnasium, both of which were completed in 2001. In May of that year Trinity graduated its first class of eighth graders. 

The years from 2001–2006 brought significant growth to Trinity School. Lower School grades doubled in size as the school expanded to two sections in each grade. The Middle School began to emerge as a distinctive division within the school. The school’s infrastructure was expanded significantly during these years; in particular, full-time Senior Staff were added. A task force worked hard to plan for the launch of the Upper School, which would be funded by a second major capital campaign, the $8.4 million “Growing Up” Campaign.

After years of planning, the Upper School began in the fall of 2006. In the second year of the Upper School, a new academic building, the South Building, was completed. During this time the school also established a $1 million endowment for scholarships. The school saw the graduation of its first class of seniors in the spring of 2010 and has since graduated over 150 students. The students of 2010 have now graduated from college and are finding their first jobs, attending graduate and professional schools, and are contributing to their communities.

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