In February 1993, in response to numerous requests from Catholic parents living in Northeast Tarrant County, Bishop Joseph P. Delaney commissioned a feasibility study for a Catholic elementary school in the area. The data indicated substantial interest on the part of a large segment of the Catholic population to support the establishment of a new elementary school.
The last Catholic elementary school founded in the Diocese, St. John the Apostle School in North Richland Hills, began in 1967. Holy Trinity Catholic School represents a uniquely successful collaboration between the diocese, the three sponsoring parishes, and the Catholic families being served.
The pastors of three neighboring parishes (Good Shepherd, Colleyville; St. Francis, Grapevine; and St. Michael, Bedford) agreed to co-sponsor this new ministry, and committed themselves to share the governance and provide financial support to the school. Work began with the hiring of principal, Ed Doherty, on November 1, 1993. St. Francis Church provided office space, and an administrative assistant was hired in February 1994.
Holy Trinity Catholic School began operation in August 1994 in five modular classroom buildings on the property of St. Michael’s parish. The school began with a morning prekindergarten program for 4 year olds, three sections of kindergarten and one first grade class. Before and after school care (the Extended Day Program) was also offered to school families. A total of 87 students were enrolled with a faculty of nine. The school’s plan called for adding one grade level each year until the grade range included prekindergarten through eighth grade. Holy Trinity’s first graduation ceremony took place on May 24, 2002.
Soon after opening, the school council and the pastors began looking for a permanent site for the school. Thirty-one parcels of land were considered before the 7.23 acres on the west side of S.H. 121, just north of Hall-Johnson Road was purchased. The school moved into the first 16 classrooms, multipurpose room and offices on October 11, 1997 and a second wing, including classrooms and a library was completed in June 1998.
Construction on the third phase was completed in December 1999. This phase included middle school classrooms, a science lab, an art room, and a physical education room. The school facilities will be complete with the addition of a permanent chapel.
Holy Trinity Catholic School was named as a 2003 No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Holy Trinity was one of only 47 private schools in the nation to receive the recognition in the year 2003.