Trinity's first graduates return to celebrate Trinity’s 50th Birthday with current students
Students and guests marked the 50th anniversary of the school’s very first day of school on Tuesday, September 6 with a celebratory Chapel service in the morning and a festive 50th Birthday party during lunch.
Bishop Susan Bunton Haynes, of the Diocese of Southern Virginia, began the Chapel service with a homily in which she lauded all Trinity teachers, past and present, for fulfilling a sacred duty to prepare the future leaders of the world.
Guests included the first graduating class (’75) as well as surviving members of the families of the leaders who helped establish the school fifty years ago: Bob Goodman (first headmaster), Billy Shands (first board chair) and Rev. Bob Steilberg (then rector of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church). Representatives from those families shared with our students reflections of the school’s earliest days — each noting that their parents would be especially proud of how much the school has grown and prospered. On behalf of the student body, Student Government Association (SGA) President Leland Coleman ’23, presented each family with a commemorative photo of the school’s groundbreaking.
“[We stand here today] on the shoulders of giants,'' said Matthew Steilberg ’83 to the gathered students, “but there are giants all around this room, and you are one of them… you will leave [Trinity] knowing what it means to be decent… educated… kind… adventurous… consequential... and you're going to make a big difference... and I can't wait to see where you go!”
Special thanks to all the enthusiastic volunteers from the Trinity Parents Association (TPA) who made every student feel a part of the festivities with an ice cream cart, cupcakes and 50th Anniversary tee-shirts.
“EVER ONWARD: Celebrating Five Decades of Trinity Episcopal School” is a yearlong celebration, and today’s festivities for current Trinity students were just the beginning! Mark your calendars for the next big event welcoming all alumni: Homecoming Weekend (October 7-8)!