As Trinity High School closed its centennial anniversary celebration, officials said the traditions set forth are hoped to continue to blaze trails for many students in the years to come.
“We are celebrating that women’s education is alive and well, and it’s going to last,” Trinity High School President Emerita Michelle Germanson told the crowd. “It’s not going anywhere because this school is most unique and most alive with what that spirit is all about.”
A Nov. 3 Mass and reception united administration, faculty, alumni and current students to commemorate the International Baccalaureate World School for reaching this milestone.
Featured guests included Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Corinne Lally Benedetto, Pastor Wayne Watts and Deacon Robert Montelongo.
“When you think of 100 years of the Dominican sisters giving their lives to educate young women, you can’t have any other feeling but great gratitude, but also a sense of deep respect for them,” Cupich said. “The sisters did so much, but also there are so many others that continued with their legacy … I think it’s very important to be supportive of them.”
About a year ago, Trinity High School started a yearlong celebration of its centennial anniversary, weaving history into prayer and liturgy services.
“We are celebrating what is the essence [of] what Trinity [is] all about,” Germanson said. “We see it everyday, lived in the halls. We see it when we celebrate with all our friends and alumni.”
Germanson acknowledged that Trinity High School has had its challenges over the years. Dating back to when women were not given the right to vote to present-day efforts to build leaders with faith and a desire for knowledge and truth, Trinity High School, throughout its history, has remain committed to empowering women through education, she said.
Germanson credited alumni, friends, parents and current students for keeping Trinity High School alive.
“We’re blazing into a new future,” Germanson said. “Thank you, Jesus, for all that we are and all that we’re going to be.”