Our History


Founded in 1963, Trinity High School in Camp Hill offers quality secondary education in the Catholic tradition of values and excellence to young men and women in grades 9-12.  The school places no geographic restrictions to enroll, so students come from several different counties on both the West and East Shores of Harrisburg.  Trinity currently enrolls 530 students.

From 1963 to 1973, Trinity High School was administered by the Brothers of the Christian Schools.  In September of 1973, an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales became principal for two years.  Since that time, priests of the Diocese of Harrisburg, religious and lay persons have been appointed to the principalship by the Bishop of the Diocese.  Currently coeducational in structure, Trinity is one of seven secondary schools in the Diocese of Harrisburg.   Locally, a board of directors is comprised of the pastors of each of eight parishes on the West Shore and one lay person appointed by each parish.

Trinity High School twice received the coveted National Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education (1993 and 2000) and has been accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, Commonwealth of PA.

These recognitions mean that Trinity maintains superior standards in curriculum, teaching practices, co-curricular activities, school leadership, facilities and resources, student support, and partnerships with the family and community.

Trinity High School’s mission is:  To develop habits of mind, body, and spirit, rooted in the Catholic tradition, so as to attain the highest good.  Within the context of our mission, we seek students who are willing to grow, are honest and respectful of other people, strive to fulfill their potential as learners and as leaders, and will flourish in an academic environment that focuses on learning to use one’s mind well.

Trinity has a student-teacher ratio of 13:1.  The school is currently staffed by a faculty of dedicated lay men and women and by Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sisters of Cyril and Methodius.  Trinity continues to follow a holistic approach to education, providing an opportunity for students to mature into adulthood, develop into informed and concerned citizens, and grow in their faith.

As a high school that sends 97% of its graduates to higher education, Trinity emphasizes its academic disciplines.  SAT averages for Critical Reading, Math, and Writing are consistently higher than state averages, and advanced placement classes are offered in eleven subjects.  Dual credit courses are also offered.

Student participation in co-curricular activities is encouraged.  Thirty-four clubs and activities are available to the students.  The school offers interscholastic competition in 13 different sports (11 male, 10 female).  As a result, a large majority of the student body participates in at least one co-curricular activity.

In August of 2013, Trinity High School opened its doors for its 50th year.  The building, systems, and site have hosted more than 6,000 young adults, faculty, and visitors while generating numerous successes in academics, athletics, performing and visual arts, and the sciences.

Numerous changes and improvements have been made over the past fifteen years primarily in support of academic and programmatic efforts.  These include:

  • Athletic field, track, tennis courts
  • Science wing – biology labs, chemistry lab, physics lab
  • Computer labs, networking, internet access in classrooms
  • Library and library science classroom
  • Renovation of 31 classrooms
  • Courtyard
  • Concession stand
  • Arts & Activities Center
  • Girls’ and Boys’ locker rooms
  • Student lockers – academic wing

These projects, totaling more than $5 million, were possible because of the generosity and support of alumni, parents, private and public corporations and foundations.

As we move toward the next fifty years, we are poised to write a new chapter in our illustrious history and plan for a future that builds upon its proud legacy. It is truly an exciting time for us as we embark on an ambitious $12 million Faith in Our Future capital campaign to renovate our campus and establish a $1 million tuition assistance endowment. Although our facilities have been well maintained, they have become worn with time.  In addition, accessibility and affordability have always been important strategic goals for us.

The projects included in our capital campaign have been carefully identified and developed through our campus master plan and they directly support our mission, core values, and philosophy of providing an environment conducive to learning, safety, and accessibility.

Through careful, creative planning and the generosity of alumni, parents, grandparents,  and friends, Trinity is confidently charting its course for our future.