About Us: History
The story of Trinity’s beginnings and growth is a story of God’s faithfulness. God did more than just provide the vision for the school – he provided the location, the staff, the funding, the building, and yes, even the students.
In 1992, God impressed the need for a Christian high school upon three businessmen: Bill Nath, Pete Ochs, and Bob Smith. They soon arranged meetings with the staffs of several churches and Christian elementary schools across Wichita. Though most agreed that a Christian high school was needed, no one felt called to donate assistance. Disappointed, these three founders prayed for a sign that would assure them that they were to continue. God answered their prayer. Within a month, 20 acres of land was donated for the school.
The founders incorporated the school, hired a headmaster, and began working on the necessary policies, procedures, and curriculum. By spring 1994, staff was in place, and the school was set to open in the fall. Though Trinity owned the donated land, it did not have the funds to build a school. So, the school rented classroom space from Central Community Church.
Preparations for the school ran smoothly, except for one problem: By early June, only eight students had enrolled. The school needed 40 students just to break even. They prayed diligently for 60 students, and God answered. The school opened in August with 62 students.
By the third year, the school had grown to 123 students. The school had outgrown the space at Central Community. It was time to move. The board decided to sell the 20-acre plot and use the profits for a larger space. They located 75 acres in east Wichita at 21st and K-96. God led several businessmen to buy the land and donate it to the school.
Still, the school lacked the funds to build a school. A building campaign was held, and $2.5 million was donated to the project. By 1998, the school was completed – with 16 classrooms, administrative offices, a gymnasium, a commons, a soccer field, and a baseball field.
During the same time period, Trinity was accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International. Because of this accreditation, Trinity was granted membership in the Kansas State High School Activities Association, KSHSAA, which would allow the school to compete in athletic and academic competitions.
By 2006, the school had grown to 266 students, making it the largest non-Catholic Christian high school in the state. Hallways had become congested; classrooms were crowded. Though Trinity had an excellent fine arts and theatre program, the school lacked an auditorium. A second gym was needed to accommodate its athletic program. It was time to expand. Another building campaign was held. Once again, God provided the funds. Approximately $5 million was raised. In 2008, the expansion was complete.
By 2013, Trinity had grown to 316 students. Today, Trinity is undergoing a capital campaign to build a football stadium and track. The $3 million campaign includes a softball stadium, renovations to the baseball stadium, a building for concessions and restrooms, and a new parking lot. The board and administration are confident that God will once again provide the funds and resources for the project. Because time and again, the Trinity family has learned that when God leads, he provides.
Truly, Trinity has been the result of his leading, his blessing, and his provision.