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Trinity Christian School History – A Look Back at 65 Years of Excellence

3 August 2018, 9:57 am

 

One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. – Psalm 145:4

Trinity Christian School was founded in 1953 under the name Christian School of Wilkinsburg. The school was begun by the Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) under the leadership of the Rev. Calvin Knox Cummings. He and the church elders saw a need for providing a highly academic day-school within the framework of a Reformed Biblical perspective. After years of prayerful consideration and research, the school began with 49 kindergarten students housed at the Covenant OPC building on Graham Boulevard. “It was a small idea that grew into something big,” stated Carlton Smith, son of one of the founding Covenant OPC members John C. (Jack) Smith. Smith was too old to attend the school when it was opened, but he contributed to the school as a teenage volunteer. “I was 14 or 15 years old and learning to do auto body work when the school bought a bus. I painted that white bus behind the Covenant OPC manse,” reflected Smith, now retired and living in South Carolina. The bus was used to transport students to the Graham Boulevard school location. By 1960, enrollment reached 140 students in kindergarten through 6th grade. The school then added a middle school and celebrated their first 8th grade graduation in 1969. In the 1970s the school relocated to Mulberry Lane in Penn Hills. The name ‘Christian School of Wilkinsburg’ was then changed to Trinity Christian School in 1977. The campus was again relocated to the former Thad Stevens School, during which time a high school was added in 1979. The first high school class, which included 9 students (see photo below), graduated in 1983. After the consolidation that resulted in the creation of the current Woodland Hills School district, Trinity purchased the former Forest Hills Middle School building in 1989. The dedication of the current school building occurred on January 20, 1990. The dedication plaque, still hanging in the school lobby, states:

This facility is dedicated to the glory of God with grateful recognition to the countless individuals who generously gave their time and talents in its acquisition and renovation.

 

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