School History

Trinity Episcopal School Inaugural Class

It Began with a Blue House ...

And a dream. A big dream. A school that would nurture the mind, body, heart and spirit of each child. Longtime Austin educator Jane Hill and a small group of parents were looking for a rigorous and innovative Episcopal academic program offered in a diverse and nurturing environment. This small group of parents became the Founding Board, whose first order of business was to formulate a mission statement and a set of core values — philosophies that have guided the board, faculty and staff ever since.

In August 1999, Trinity Episcopal School opened with 13 pioneer first graders near the University of Texas in a converted residence, dubbed "The Blue House." Our second year opened with 103 students, kindergarten through third grade, in a borrowed space at Riverbend Church. In November 2000, we moved into our first academic building on our West Lake Hills campus. From 2000 to 2012, we continued to add grade levels and buildings, including Jane Hill Hall, the jewel of our campus that serves as both a chapel and a performing arts center.

The original %22Blue House%22 where Trinity began.
1999: The Blue House

Founded on a strong and clear mission statement and four core values, Trinity Episcopal School opened in August 1999 with 13 first graders, two full-time teachers and five part-time teachers in a historic home near the University of Texas campus.

The first Trinity class of first graders on the steps of the %22Blue House.%22
1999: The Blue House

Founded on a strong and clear mission statement and four core values, Trinity Episcopal School opened in August 1999 with 13 first graders, two full-time teachers and five part-time teachers in a historic home near the University of Texas campus.

The Trinity community enjoyed a %22slab party%22 as construction began on Blue House Hall.
Summer 2000

Trinity purchased 8.5 acres on Bee Cave Road and celebrated with a Slab Party as construction began on the first academic building.

Trinity hosting morning chapel at Riverbend Church
Fall 2000

With 105 students and a full faculty serving kindergarten through third grade, Trinity “camped out” at Riverbend Church until a move to Bee Cave over Thanksgiving weekend. Chapel at Riverbend was held outdoors each morning and offices were in a construction trailer. 

Trinity students dedicate Blue House Hall.
Spring 2001

Trinity students felt at home in a new academic building, later named Blue House Hall, on the Bee Cave campus.

Boys huddle up during a flag football practice.
Fall 2001

Trinity dedicated Spirit Pavilion and Field to allow enhanced sports programming for 149 students in kindergarten through fourth grade.

Trinity students at the construction site of Unity Hall
Fall 2002

With the addition of fifth grade, Trinity began construction on a second academic building.

Trinity first graders clean up trash at Zilker Park.
Fall 2003

Trinity achieved accreditation from the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools, who also awarded Trinity’s service-learning program, Community Kids, with the Ken Bastian Service Award. This photo shows Trinity first graders cleaning up at Zilker Park.

Trinity students mark the future site of Unity Hall.
2003-2004

The dedication of a second academic building, later named Unity Hall, allowed Trinity to enrich the academic programming to serve 250 students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The community celebrated Trinity’s fifth birthday and the groundbreaking for a gymnasium and fine arts facility. 

Winter 2005

The completion and dedication of the gym and fine arts facility—later named the Trinity Center for Arts & Athletics—allowed our growing community to stage theatrical performances and host league-wide games and tournaments.

Trinity students performing on stage
Winter 2005

The completion and dedication of the gym and fine arts facility—later named the Trinity Center for Arts & Athletics—allowed our growing community to stage theatrical performances and host league-wide games and tournaments.

Trinity Class of 2006
May 2006

Trinity proudly graduated its first class of eighth graders and established the annual graduation medals to recognize students and their contributions to Trinity’s four core values.

Trinity students observe construction of new buildings.
Spring 2010

With 397 students in kindergarten through eighth grade, Trinity broke ground on three new buildings: a long-awaited chapel, a third academic space and a community dining hall. During construction, and to the delight of the science department, a cave was discovered and preserved for classroom use. These buildings (later named Jane Hill Chapel, Legacy Hall and Fellowship Hall respectively) were dedicated in the spring of 2011.

A view from a weather balloon launched by Trinity students
2013-2018

Trinity continued to design and implement innovative curricula and programs. As a center of learning for both children and adults, Trinity formalized the Lower School teaching fellowship program in 2013. Trinity’s D-Labs inspired an annual all-school DesignFest during which, in 2018, students launched a weather balloon into the stratosphere.

Trinity Episcopal School campus
Spring 2019

Trinity’s 21-acre campus serves about 540 students with more than 100 faculty/staff members. Our community is grateful for each student as we continue our unwavering commitment to the original mission and four core values.

Some Things Never Change

Today, Trinity is a K–8 school with about 540 students and more than 100 faculty and staff members. While the numbers and setting have changed dramatically, we remain true to our commitment of "Each Child, Each Day" and the four core values that guided founder Jane Hill: a strong Christian foundation, enriched academic excellence, a diverse community and a commitment to family. Trinity is a place where education, innovation and community intersect.

Mission and Values


 

Celebrate with us! 

We’re celebrating all we have accomplished and all we have ahead of us with two fantastic events this fall. Details coming soon. We look forward to celebrating with you!

Trinity Homecoming

Sat., Sept. 28

Bring the family! Join us for a fun-filled day to reconnect with friends and family from the Trinity community, yesterday and today.

Dinner + Wine Tasting

Fri., Nov. 8

Adults only, please! Enjoy a gourmet meal and wine tasting as we celebrate 20 years of shaping tomorrow for Trinity kids.