The parents who took their 7th and 8th grade children to the opening day of classes at Trinity Episcopal School in 1983, drove through the parking lot of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church on Sunset Drive and back to a dirt road that led to a trailer where the administrative offices were housed. Modest beginnings, but the Trinity Titans, colors purple and white, felt bold and confident from the start. Every day began with chapel in the church sanctuary, and two refurbished buildings provided classroom space. Using the immediate area, Tropical Park, and courts at a nearby tennis club, an athletic program quickly developed that included soccer, football, basketball, lacrosse, cross country, baseball, softball, tennis, and cheerleading. The tennis team went all the way to State. Before long, parents and students were working together to lay concrete squares to create a courtyard entrance and beautify their new campus.
In addition to providing a strong emphasis on academics, athletics, and spiritual formation, Trinity also helped students bond with each other and with faculty members by the many clubs on campus and trips off campus. The Yearbook (Footprints), Newspaper (Trinity Times), Drama Club, Eat ‘n Wear (the culinary club), Model Club (as in airplane models), Ceramics Club, Modern Dance, Service Club, Student Government, Band, National Honor Society, and other honor societies all helped to enhance skills in those areas and to build lasting friendships. Trips to far-away places like Williamsburg, Washington, DC, and Canada (which combined skiing and practice in speaking French) became highlights of education, fun, and community building. Ventures closer to home, like camping trips to the Peace River and the Keys, left memories of paddling canoes in the Florida wilderness with close friends.
With a grade added each year, Trinity students developed a deep love for their campus, but in a visionary way they were excited in 1991 about the merger. In the last Trinity yearbook, the final two pages show a Trinity campus scene with the word “Good”, and then a scene of what would now become the Palmer Trinity campus, with the words, “Very Good."