History & Philosophy
Holy Trinity School celebrated its 60th year of educating children in the South Bay of Los Angeles in the 2010.
How it all began
Under the leadership of Monsignor
Gallagher, the parish purchased land for the school in 1950; and the
groundbreaking ceremony took place on March 5, 1950. That same year,
the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary moved into
the newly converted convent on Hanford Street. This community of
sisters served Holy Trinity School from its inception in 1950 to 1990.
In September of 1990, a lay principal was appointed.
The school opened on October 4, 1950, while
the building was still under construction. Sister Mary Thaddea, the
principal, greeted Holy Trinity’s first students. There were 334
children in grades one through seven, meeting in three completed
classrooms and the auditorium. The faculty consisted of five religious
and two lay teachers.
On September 17, 1951, the second year
began with the building completed and an enrollment of 434. On November
4, 1951, the school was dedicated by Bishop Manning. The grades now
ranged from first through eighth. Graduation of the first class took
place on June 12, 1952. Since this first commencement over 3,800
students have graduated from Holy Trinity, including many of our present
Over the years, Holy Trinity has grown to
be an active and thriving school. In 1956 and 1957, two annexes were
constructed, adding five classrooms. Kindergarten was added and opened
on October 2, 1956. The 1958-1959 school year opened with an
outstanding enrollment of 940 children. All classes were double
classrooms with fifty or more students. Holy Trinity remains a double
classroom school. The school facilities include eighteen classrooms, a
library, a Mac Computer Lab, a Scholastic/pc computer lab, multipurpose
room, a science lab for conducting experiments, and a math lab.
In the summer of 2001, the existing school building was renovated. In 2006, we launched our preschool.
We have over 60 teachers and staff; and over 500 students in our 19 co-educational classes, preschool through eighth
grade. Our curriculum, organization, student services, and facilities
are evaluated in light of our philosophy by Western Catholic Education
Association and Western Association of Schools and Colleges from whom we
receive our accreditation. We have received a full six year
accreditation through June 2018. We are proud of past accomplishments,
and our faculty, staff, and parents continue to explore ways for
insuring future growth and academic excellence.
Philosophy In Motion
Holy Trinity provides an educational
experience which prepares our students academically, morally,
spiritually, and socially for high school and a full Christian life. Our
school fosters the worth of the individual and promotes a strong sense
of personal and social responsibility.
Holy Trinity stresses intellectual and
spiritual discipline, as well as physical well being. We also value
compassion. responsibility, generosity, and idealism. Our school extends
to students a means of personal growth by providing a rigorous
academic, physical, and spiritual program in an atmosphere of courtesy
and concern for the individual.