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Trinity High School (Washington, Pennsylvania)

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

Trinity High School
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School districtTrinity Area School District
PrincipalMr. Thomas Samosky
Information(724) 225-5380
Trinity Hall
Nearest cityWashington, Pennsylvania
ArchitectCopeland, T.V.; McKim, Mead, and White
Architectural styleItalianate
NRHP reference #76001681 [1]
Added to NRHPSeptember 27, 1976

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



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 programEdit

Trinity High School offers 13 Advanced Placement classes and two languages. Spanish and German. 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 rateEdit

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]

Academic achievementEdit

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.[7]

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.[8]

Graduation requirementsEdit

The Trinity Area School District School Board has determined that students must earn 22 credits to graduate.[9]

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.[10] At Trinity High School the graduation project includes: community service, school visitation, job shadowing and a written paper.

Activities and athleticsEdit

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[11] teams compete in the PIHL Open Division.

Eligibility to participate in all extracurriculars and athletics is set by Trinity School Board policies.[12][13]

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.[14]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  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. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "Trinity Senior High School AYP Overview".
  8. ^ Pittsburgh Business Times (April 4, 2011). "School And School District Information 2011 Guide to Western Pennsylvania Schools".
  9. ^ Trinity Area School District Administration. "Trinity Area School District Student Handbook" (PDF).
  10. ^ "Pennsylvania Code §4.24 (a) High school graduation requirements".
  11. ^ PIHL | Trinity Ice Hockey Club
  12. ^ Trinity Area School Board. "Extracurricular Activities Policy 122".
  13. ^ Trinity Area School Board. "Interscholastic Athletics Policy 123".
  14. ^ "Athletic Department Investigation Trinity Area School District" (PDF). April 2011.

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