Trinity High School (Washington, Pennsylvania)

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Trinity High School
Trinity High School (Washington, Pennsylvania).jpg
Location
231 Park Avenue, Washington, Pennsylvania Coordinates: 40°09′53″N 80°14′58″W / 40.16472°N 80.24944°W / 40.16472; -80.24944
Information
TypePublic
School districtTrinity Area School District
PrincipalMr. Donald Snoke
Grades9–12
Color(s)Blue&White
MascotHiller
Information(724) 225-5380
Website
Trinity Hall
Nearest cityWashington, Pennsylvania
Built1857
ArchitectCopeland,T.V.; McKim, Mead, and White
Architectural styleItalianate
Governing bodyLocal
NRHP Reference #76001681 [1]
Added to NRHPSeptember 27, 1976
 
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Trinity High School
Trinity High School (Washington, Pennsylvania).jpg
Location
231 Park Avenue, Washington, Pennsylvania Coordinates: 40°09′53″N 80°14′58″W / 40.16472°N 80.24944°W / 40.16472; -80.24944
Information
TypePublic
School districtTrinity Area School District
PrincipalMr. Donald Snoke
Grades9–12
Color(s)Blue&White
MascotHiller
Information(724) 225-5380
Website
Trinity Hall
Nearest cityWashington, Pennsylvania
Built1857
ArchitectCopeland,T.V.; McKim, Mead, and White
Architectural styleItalianate
Governing bodyLocal
NRHP Reference #76001681 [1]
Added to NRHPSeptember 27, 1976

Trinity High School is a public high school located on a hilltop overlooking the city of Washington, Pennsylvania, in the United States. Its bell tower has been a landmark in Washington County for years.

It is designated as a historic public landmark by the Washington County History & Landmarks Foundation.[2][3]

History[edit]

The school was once an all-boys military academy frequented by former president Ulysses S. Grant.[4] Today, Trinity is a modern public school housing approximately 1,279 students in grades 9–12 on a campus style setting.[5]

Trinity Hall, the historic core of the campus, dates back to 1857, when it was built as a private home. The building was purchased in 1879, and turned into the Trinity Hall Military Academy, with dormitories added for 35 students. The building was sold in 1925 to establish a public high school. The building has been expanded and renamed, but the core of the 150-year-old original structure remains.[4]

Academics program[edit]

Trinity High School offers 13 Advanced Placement classes and four languages. Spanish, French, German, and Mandarin Chinese. These language courses include classes from level one to level five honors. There are elective and core subjects in the areas of arts, music, business, English, science, history, mathematics, social studies, and journalism.

Graduation rate[edit]

In 2011, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4 year cohort graduation rate. Trinity School District's graduation rate was calculated to be 85% for 2010.[6]

According to traditional graduation rate calculations

Academic achievement[edit]

In 2011, Trinity Senior High School declined to 'Warning' AYP status due to lagging mathematics achievement. The math achievement fell below the State AYP goal of 67% for Math and below the statewide 11th grade achievement level of 60% on grade level. In 2010, the school achieved AYP status.[10]

In 2011, the 11th grade ranked 40th among 122 western Pennsylvania school district 11th grades, for academic achievement as measured by five years of the PSSAs.[11]

PSSA results[edit]

11th Grade Reading
11th grade math
11th grade science

College remediation[edit]

According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 18% of Trinity Senior High School graduates required remediation in mathematics and or reading before they were prepared to take college level courses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education or community colleges.[20] Less than 66% of Pennsylvania high school graduates, who enroll in a four-year college in Pennsylvania, will earn a bachelor's degree within six years. Among Pennsylvania high school graduates pursuing an associate degree, only one in three graduate in three years.[21] Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education, one in three recent high school graduates who attend Pennsylvania's public universities and community colleges takes at least one remedial course in math, reading or English.

Dual enrollment[edit]

The high school offers the Pennsylvania Dual Enrollment program. This state program permits high school students to take courses, at local higher education institutions, to earn college credits. The students continue to have full access to activities and programs at their high school. The college credits are offered at a deeply discounted rate. The state offers a small grant to assist students in costs for tuition, fees and books.[22] Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.[23] The Pennsylvania College Credit Transfer System reported in 2009, that students saved nearly $35.4 million by having their transferred credits count towards a degree under the new system.[24] In 2010, the district received $17,753.00 in a state grant to be used assist students with tuition, fees and books.

Graduation requirements[edit]

The Trinity Area School District School Board has determined that students must earn 22 credits to graduate.[25]

By law, all Pennsylvania secondary school students must complete a project as a part of their eligibility to graduate from high school. The type of project, its rigor and its expectations are set by the individual school district.[26] At Trinity High School the graduation project includes: community service, school visitation, job shadowing and a written paper.

By Pennsylvania School Board regulations, for the graduating classes of 2015 and 2016, students must demonstrate successful completion of secondary level course work in Algebra I, Biology, English Composition, and Literature for which the Keystone Exams serve as the final course exams. Students’ Keystone Exam scores shall count for at least one-third of the final course grade.[27]

Activities and athletics[edit]

Trinity High School offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities and sports. Football, baseball, basketball, soccer, cross-country, track, wrestling, volleyball, golf, rifle, lacrosse, ice hockey, swimming, softball, tennis, and cheerleading are available at Trinity. They are in the WPIAL AAA and AAAA divisions for their sports. The ice hockey[28] teams compete in the PIHL Open Division.

Eligibility to participate in all extracurriculars and athletics is set by Trinity School Board policies.[29][30]

By Pennsylvania law, all K-12 students in the district, including those who attend a private nonpublic school, cyber charter school, charter school and those homeschooled, are eligible to participate in the extracurricular programs including all athletics. They must meet the same eligibility rules as the students enrolled in the district's schools.[31][32]

In 2010, an investigation was conducted into the uncontrolled spending of the Trinity High School athletics coaches. The report called for various changes to assure appropriate, student focused, spending.[33]

A number of clubs and societies are sponsored by the high school. Notable extracurricular activities include:

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ "Trinity Hall". Landmark Registry – Public Landmark. Washington County History & Landmarks Foundation. 2008. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  3. ^ "Trinity Hall". Spotlight Buildings. Washington County History & Landmarks Foundation. 2008. Archived from the original on 2010-11-09. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  4. ^ a b Crompton, Janice. "SUPERINTENDENT PUSHES FOR TRINITY HALL RESTORATION", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 29, 1998. Accessed July 31, 2007. "The elder Smith gave the current school its primary claim to fame by keeping letters from his friend, Ulysses S. Grant, who periodically visited the school and stayed with Smith."
  5. ^ Data for Trinity High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed July 31, 2007.
  6. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (March 15, 2011). "New 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate Calculation Now Being Implemented". 
  7. ^ "Trinity Area School District Academic Achievement Report Card 2010 data table". Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  8. ^ The Times-Tribune (June 25, 2009). "Washington County Graduation Rates 2008". 
  9. ^ Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children. "High School Graduation rate 2007". Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  10. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "Trinity Senior High School AYP Overview". 
  11. ^ Pittsburgh Business Times (April 4, 2011). "School And School District Information 2011 Guide to Western Pennsylvania Schools". 
  12. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "2010–2011 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  13. ^ "2010 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing and Science Results". 
  14. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 14, 2010). "2009 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing and Science Results". 
  15. ^ "The 2008 PSSA Mathematics and Reading School Level Proficiency Results (by Grade and School Total)". August 2008. 
  16. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education. "PSSA Math and Reading results by School and Grade 2007". 
  17. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "Trinity Area School District Academic Achievement Report Card 2010". 
  18. ^ "Math PSSA Scores by District 2007–08 Trinity Area School District Results". The Times-Tribune. June 25, 2009. 
  19. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "2010–2011 PSSA results in Science". 
  20. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (January 2009). "Pennsylvania College Remediation Report". 
  21. ^ National Center for Education Statistics
  22. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education. "Pennsylvania Department of Education – Dual Enrollment Guidelines.". 
  23. ^ "Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement.". March 2010. 
  24. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education. (April 29, 2010). "Report: PA College Credit Transfer System Makes Higher Education More Affordable, Accessible". 
  25. ^ Trinity Area School District Administration. "Trinity Area School District Student Handbook". 
  26. ^ "Pennsylvania Code §4.24 (a) High school graduation requirements". 
  27. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 2011). "Pennsylvania Keystone Exams Overview". 
  28. ^ PIHL | Trinity Ice Hockey Club
  29. ^ Trinity Area School Board. "Extracurricular Activities Policy 122". 
  30. ^ Trinity Area School Board. "Interscholastic Athletics Policy 123". 
  31. ^ Pennsylvania Office of the Governor Press Release, (November 10, 2005). "Home-Schooled, Charter School Children Can Participate in School District Extracurricular Activities,". 
  32. ^ Trinity Area School Board. "Extracurricular Participation By Home Education Students Policy 137". 
  33. ^ "Athletic Department Investigation Trinity Area School District". April 2011. 
  34. ^ Two Westminster Students Win Model UN Awards
  35. ^ Trinity High School Football Schedule. maxpreps.com