Trinity High School (Louisville)

Trinity High School
Trinity logo.png
Maximo Animi Ardore
With Most Fervent Desire
4011 Shelbyville Road
Louisville, KY, (Jefferson County), 40207
 United States
Coordinates 38°15′11″N 85°39′5″W / 38.25306°N 85.65139°W / 38.25306; -85.65139Coordinates: 38°15′11″N 85°39′5″W / 38.25306°N 85.65139°W / 38.25306; -85.65139
Type Private, all-male, college preparatory
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1953
President Dr. Robert Mullen, Ph.D
Principal Daniel Zoeller, M.Ed.
Faculty 123
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1369  (2011)
Student to teacher ratio 12:1
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Green and White         
Slogan "Brothers For Life"
Athletics 10 KHSAA Sports
9 Club Sports
Athletics conference Kentucky High School Athletic Association
Nickname Shamrocks
Newspaper 'ECHO'

Trinity High School is a Catholic, all-boys, college preparatory high school located in St. Matthews, Kentucky, a city within the Louisville Metro governmental area. Trinity first opened its doors in 1953, when Archbishop John Floersh anticipated the growth of Louisville's eastern suburbs by choosing the site of Holy Trinity School, a former Catholic church and grade school in St. Matthews. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville. The school incorporates the Catholic tradition of teaching and learning. The school campus comprises about 1,400 students. Trinity has been named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is nationally recognized.[citation needed]



The Trinity Campus expanded in 2004 to include Duerr Hall. Other buildings which adorn the Trinity Campus include Old Trinity, Flaget, Floersh, Sheehan, Communication Arts Center, Trinity Auditorium, R.W. Marshall Sports Center, Steinhauser Gymnasium and Shamrock Hall.In 2001, Trinity became the first local school to adopt a system of ten "Houses" named after famous Catholic thinkers or saints. They include: Aquinas, Becket, Dante, Flannan, Gonzaga, Merton, Patrick, Romero, Seton and Toussaint.

The Houses organize the student body into ten different groups which compete in numerous extracurricular activities, involve nearly 100 students in leadership opportunities as House captains or representatives and build upon school spirit. The House System is a way for students to make friends, and get connected and involved in the fabric of the school right away. Examples of House activities include: marquee events; basketball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee and softball intramurals; PS2 tournaments; art, essay, speech, trivia and other academically oriented contests. In 2005 the Toussaint Monarchs won the House cup just ahead of the Becket Titans, becoming the first House to win two House cups. To date, Trinity has been visited by more than two dozen schools from around the nation to learn more about the unique initiative. The class of 2007 collectively earned more than $19 million in merit scholarships and was Trinity's 51st graduating class.

Trinity is a nationally recognized school of excellence whose mission is to provide students with a superior high school education in a supportive atmosphere based upon Christian values in the Catholic tradition. Trinity prides itself on being the most academically inclusive school in Louisville. Each year there are incoming students who score in the 99th percentile on the Placement Test. They enter the school's rigorous Advanced Program and go on to become Governor's Scholars and National Merit Finalists.[citation needed]


Trinity's nickname is the Shamrocks and their primary rival is the St. Xavier Tigers.

Trinity has also won the most cross country titles in state history, 18 state championships. Trinity's power lifting team has now won the national championship in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma three straight years, and has won the KY title six straight times. In May 2007, Trinity's lacrosse team won its fourth straight state title, and Trinity's ice hockey team won its second straight title that same year.

Trinity won its first regional basketball title in 2004 after beating Male 56-46 in the 7th region finals. By winning the regional, Trinity advanced to the state tournament for the first time in school history, losing to defending state champion Mason County in three overtimes, 66-59. The team finished the 2004-2005 season with its best record in school history, a 29-4 mark. Zach Berry, Bret Saxton and Kyle Saxton were named Kentucky All-Stars following the season, marking the fourth, fifth and sixth players from the school to earn the honor. Ray Byron, Reid Markham and Chris McCoy were also All-Stars. In 2007, Tanner Jacobs became the seventh player to be so honored. The Rocks are currently led by Mike Szabo, who completed his sixth season at the helm in 2006-2007.


The Trinity Shamrocks football program is one of the most successful programs in Kentucky. The team, which annually boasts a roster of over 100 student-athletes, is also one of the largest and most storied programs in the state’s history. The 20 State Championships are tied for most in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s history and the program’s 500-plus wins put them among the top programs statewide, despite only maintaining a program for 58 years (less than half the years of leader Louisville Male High School's time). The program boasts 7 undefeated seasons, a state-record 50 game winning streak beginning in 1988 to 1991, and two Mr. Football award winners in Jeff Brohm (1989) and brother Brian Brohm (2003). The team has also won three consecutive titles on three separate occasions, first in 1988 to 1990, then again in 2001 to 2003 and then four consecutive seasons from 2005 to 2008. The team’s primary rival, St. Xavier, has met the Shamrocks in the title game 5 times, with Trinity holding a 3-2 advantage in those contests.

The first Friday in October is generally when Trinity and St. X meet at the University of Louisville's Papa John's Cardinal Stadium for the annual regular season rivalry. Typical attendance is usually more than 30,000 people, making it one of the biggest high school rivalries in the country. For the 2004 game, attendance was announced at 37,500 people. In 2008, NFL Films produced a documentary about the rivalry that was nationally broadcast on CBS on Thanksgiving Day. The rivalry between the two powers also often extends into the playoffs. After losing the regular season tilt 48-16 in September 2005, Trinity defeated St. Xavier in the Class 4A state championship 14-6 in December. It was the school's then-state record 16th football crown. On December 8, 2007, Trinity defensive back Donovan Sims intercepted an errant St. Xavier pass in the end zone and Wes Weitlauf then took a Will Stein hand off into the end zone on the first possession of overtime to seal the first ever 6A championship under the newly established class system that implemented six classes instead of the previous four. Trinity has now won a title in each of the 3A, 4A and 6A classifications, with the most recent coming in December 2010 against Male High School.

Trinity plays their home games on Father Harry Jansing Field in R.W. Marshall Stadium. The Dant Clayton-designed stadium features synthetic turf, concession areas on both sides of the stadium, seats for nearly 4,000 visitors, press boxes for both the home and away teams and two luxury boxes. The stadium has also hosted lacrosse matches, soccer games and youth football city championship games.

The following is a list of Trinity's 20 State Championships:

Year Coach Class Opponent Score
1968 Jim Kennedy 3A Seneca 29-18
1972 Jim Kennedy 3A Butler 21-0
1973 Dave Moore 3A Southern 16-0
1976 Dave Moore 4A Henderson County 28-24
1977 Dave Moore 4A Greenup County 28-7
1980 Roger Gruneisen 4A Paducah Tilghman 31-8
1983 Roger Gruneisen 4A Owensboro 26-7
1985 Dennis Lampley 4A Lexington Lafayette 28-7
1988 Dennis Lampley 4A DuPont Manual 28-0
1989 Dennis Lampley 4A Warren Central 28-14
1990 Dennis Lampley 4A Warren Central 27-14
1994 Dennis Lampley 4A Boone County 21-7
2001 Bob Beatty 4A Male 45-19
2002 Bob Beatty 4A Male 59-56
2003 Bob Beatty 4A Saint Xavier 17-14
2005 Bob Beatty 4A Saint Xavier 14-6
2006 Bob Beatty 4A Ryle 46-7
2007 Bob Beatty 6A Saint Xavier 34-28
2008 Bob Beatty 6A Simon Kenton 48-0
2010 Bob Beatty 6A Male 38-0
State Championships 20

Current Shamrocks in Division 1 Football:

Graduation Year Player Position College Team
2007 Luke McDermott Defensive Line Kentucky
2007 Nick Melilo Wide Receiver Kentucky
2007 Ryan Tydlacka Punter/Kicker Kentucky
2008 Alex Kupper Offensive Line Louisville
2008 Sam Robey Offensive Line Florida
2008 Agyei Williams Defensive Back Louisville
2008 William Stein Quarterback Louisville
2008 John King Jr. Wide Receiver Murray State
2009 Tim Phillips Running Back Central Michigan
2009 Scott Radcliff Wide Receiver Louisville
2009 Jordan Whiting Linebacker Ohio State
2010 Jesse Schmitt Long Snapper Purdue
2011 Derek Bishop Running Back Kentucky
Division 1 Shamrocks 13

the following is a list of Trinity's "Alumni currently in the NFL":

Year Player Position College Pro Team
1996 Rob Bironas Kicker Georgia Southern Tennessee
2003 Brian Brohm Quarterback Louisville Buffalo
Shamrocks in the NFL 2

the following is a list of Trinity's "US Army All-American Bowl Participants":

Year Player Position College
2003 Brian Brohm Quarterback Louisville
US Army All-Americans 1

the following is a list of Trinity's "All-Americans":

Year Player Position College
2003 Brian Brohm Quarterback Louisville
2009 Jordan Whiting Linebacker Ohio State
All-Americans 2


The following is a list of Trinity's KHSAA Sweet 16 Appearances::

Year Coach Region Champion Record
2004 Mike Szabo 7th Region 19-13
Sweet 16 Appearances 1

the following is a list of Trinity's Kentucky Basketball All-Stars, including paul rowen as the star center in the years of 1965-1969 he then went on to play in the NBA for the lakers::

Year Player Position College
1970 Ray Byron Guard
2000 Reid Markham Guard William & Mary
2003 Chris McCoy Guard North Carolina State
2005 Zach Berry Guard Kennesaw State
2005 Brett Saxton Guard
2005 Kyle Saxton Guard
2007 Tanner Jacobs Forward Kennesaw State
2010 Taylor Epley Forward
2010 Josh Sewell Guard Miami (OH)
Kentucky All-Stars 9


KHSAA Cross-Country State Champions Records

  • 1957
  • 1958
  • 1961
  • 1965
  • 1966 AAA State Champions
  • 1967 AAA State Champions
  • 1976 AAA State Champions
  • 1977 AAA State Champions
  • 1981 AAA State Champions
  • 1985 AAA State Champions
  • 1986 AAA State Champions
  • 1988 AAA State Champions
  • 1991 AAA State Champions
  • 1992 AAA State Champions
  • 1996 AAA State Champions
  • 1997 AAA State Champions
  • 2006 AAA State Champions
  • 2010 AAA State Champions

Notable alumni

Notable alumni include:

  • Rob Bironas, kicker for the Tennessee Titans
  • Brian Brohm, quarterback for the Buffalo Bills
  • Robert Caldwell, nationally prominent business and sports law attorney in Las Vegas, Nevada, representing NFL kicker Rob Bironas, MMA fighter Eric Prindle of Bellator Fighting Championships, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Cincinnati Reds; also member of the Governing Council of the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section.
  • S. Dean Corbett, a world-renowned chef and one of six chefs to be inducted to the Honorable Order of the Golden Toque in 2009. The Honorable Order is the highest recognition a chef can receive in the United States and has a membership restriction of only 100 lifetime active members. Corbett has also been featured in the November 2008 issue of Esquire Magazine and was a featured guest on The Today Show in May 2009.
  • Greg Fischer, Louisville, KY Mayor: 2010–Present ; entrepreneur, co-inventor of the SerVend automated ice/beverage dispenser,
  • Dick Gabriel, a state wide personality who does radio broadcast in Lexington, KY and also works for the University of Kentucky in regards to their athletics program.
  • Carwell Gardner, a running back for the Buffalo Bills from the University of Louisville who played on the AFC championship teams in the early nineties.
  • John-Michael Hayden, a first round draft selection of the Houston Dynamo in the 2007 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. Hayden was the 13th overall selection by the defending MLS Cup champions and is an alumnus of Indiana University, the Division 1 2003 and 2004 National Champions.
  • Judge Todd Hollenbach, who built the Hall of Justice, the jail, the new police headquarters, the Metropolitan Detox Center, and the Regional Government Centers. He created the Department of Metropolitan Corrections, the Metropolitan Narcotics Strike Force, the Office of Public Defender, the 24-hour police patrols, and Kentucky's first EMS. Todd started the nation's first Ecology Court which inspired Earth Day in America and he pioneered the Transit Authority of River City.
  • Darryl Isaacs, a Kentucky state-wide attorney
  • Tyler Kuhn, second baseman for the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Kuhn played four seasons at West Virginia University before being selected in the 15th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. He has appeared on Baseball America's list of White Sox top 30 prospects.
  • Brad Lampley, nationally prominent business and administrative law attorney in Nashville, Tennessee, and current Chair of the Music City Bowl Board of Directors.
  • Joe Micatrotto, Jr., former Managing Partner of Buca di Beppo and current President and CEO of Micatrotto Restaurant Group, which operates Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers restaurants in Las Vegas, Nevada and Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Trever Miller, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. Miller graduated from Trinity High School, where he was a pitcher and outfielder, in 1991 and was named Kentucky's Mr. Baseball and the Gatorade High School Player of the Year. He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 1st round (41st overall) of the 1991 Major League Baseball Draft straight out of high school.
  • Steve Raible, Former NFL star and current "voice of the Seattle Seahawks" and weeknight evening anchor for KIRO 7 in Seattle, Washington.
  • Troy Yocum, Iraq War vet, as of 2011, attempting 7,000 mi. Drum Hike across America to draw attention to veterans' issues

Performing arts

Trinity Theatre


The Theatre Department at Trinity High School is a multifaceted program. The focus of the program is to develop the professional skills and artistic abilities of youth who are interested in the performing arts. Each year, the department produces two full-length shows, one straight play and one musical. Both shows are fully staffed by professional educators and other theatrical professionals. All aspects of production are handled by students, under the supervision of the knowledgeable staff.

Participation in the Theatre program provides students the opportunity to earn academic credit in two areas comprising four courses: Acting I and II; and Stagecraft I and II. The students receive prerequisites to be considered for the upper level courses. Within these two areas students are exposed to the work processes of professional actors and technical personnel. Students work in authentic situations that encourage growth and development in the areas of performance skills and production techniques.[1] Techniques include basic carpentry, painting, and electrics.


The Theatre department was founded in 1967 by Fr. Theodore Sans. First producing [1] Oh! Susanna (1967) Sans was the producer until the spring of 1985 for Oliver!. In the Fall of 1985 Greg Sysol, who started as House Manager in 1980, succeeded Fr. Sans over as the theatre's producer for My Three Angels. Sysol has been producer ever since, with the exception of a brief hiatus from the fall of 2003 to his return in the fall of 2007 for Frankenstein. Sysol also has severed as resident scenic and lighting designer, and occasionally served as Technical Director since 1994. Sysol was succeeded by G.E. Simmons Falk, following his retirement from theatre in the spring of 2010 after producing his last show, South Pacific.


The Theatre Department is currently under the artistic direction of William "Billie" Pryor Bradford II. He began as a guest director in the winter of 1972, and was named artistic director ten years later in the winter of 1982. Over the departments history it has be privileged to many talented staff members. Staff has included:

  • Producers
    • Fr. Theodore R. Sans (1967–1985)
    • Gregory J. Sysol (1985–2010)
    • G.E. Simmons Falk (2010–present)
  • Musical Directors
    • John Austin Clark (2009–present)
    • John D. Zehnder (1980–present)
    • Marifran Casey (1983–1989)
  • Choreographers
    • Margo Goodwin (1969–70)
    • Jeff Murphy (1986–1989)
    • Robert Sheridan (2002–2003)
    • Linda Braun (1991–2009)
  • Technical Directors
    • Dennis P. Stoltz (1977–1987)
    • Patrick B. Mullaney (1987–1993)
  • Costumers
    • John Arnold (1982–1986)
    • Susan K. Bell (1989–1992)
    • Mary Ellen Fehder (1998–2010)

Several Trinity Theatre alumni have gone on to successful careers as professional actors, as well as technicians. Notable alum Sara Gettelfinger (actress, 1993–1995) has been seen on broadway in Seussical and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, among several other shows.


The Department just finished its 30th Season in the Trinity Auditorium located at 115 North Sherrin Avenue. Since the opening of the new auditorium in 1979 the Department has produced the following: The Scarlet Pimpernel (2009), The Thread That Runs So True (2008). The 31st Season opened with Romeo and Juliet, and produced South Pacific in March 2010.

Trinity Auditorium

1979–Present The Trinity Auditorium was finish in 1979, and opened with the gala performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.


1979-1980 Season

Pre-Trinity Auditorium

1967-1979 Before the new auditorium was built, the theatre department performed in several other spaces around the school. Including a small theatre formerly located on the third floor of Trinity Hall.


Trinity Singers

The Trinity Choir is a co-curricular class. The class meets during the day for credit and performs outside of class for school, community and regional events. They also compete at the District, State and National levels in sanctioned festivals. Students are admitted upon approval of instructor. Prior singing experience is helpful, but not necessarily required.

The class covers essential skills in singing and reading music. We study and perform styles of music from the First century to the present. Students experience solo, small ensemble and large ensemble singing. The class prepares the students for the next level of vocal performance.[2]

Ken Bechtloff is the choir and band director/teacher and chair of the Performing Arts Department. The Men's Chorus won at a national music competition in Disney World in 2001. The Chorus has two concerts each year. The first is a Christmas concert in December and the second is a Spring concert in May, usually mother's day weekend. Both concerts have two performances, once on Friday night and one Sunday matinee. They also perform around the Holiday season at local nursing homes.

Jazz Band

The Trinity Jazz Band is a co-curricular class. The Band meets everyday during school as a class for credit and also performs outside of class time for school, community and regional events.

Jazz Band is an advanced class for sophomores, juniors and seniors who have completed at least two years of formal instrumental music classes. Students must audition for entrance into the class. The class includes small and large ensemble playing. Also covered are improvisation and listening skills in many styles of music: Swing, Rock, Latin and Fusion, among others.[3] The Jazz Band performs twice annually, along with the Trinity Singers.

Trinity Television

Trinity Television, or TTV, is a news program broadcast to the entire student body of Trinity High School. The program is produced in house completely by students in the broadcast journalism class, under the supervision of Executive Producer/Instructor Adam Klien.

The studio located on the third floor of the school, and is equipped with state-of-the-art recording, editing, and live production equipment.

While working on TTV the students learn the basics of television and video production. They learn about all the jobs and responsibilities to produce a television show including directing, producing, technical direction (switcher), graphics, VCP, VTR, endline recording audio Mixing, as well as on air talent and announcing. The students also learn the basics of video production, including on-location recording, and linear and non-linear editing.

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