Trinity Collegiate School celebrates 25th anniversary, planning a silver jubilee
This academic year marks the 25th anniversary of Trinity Collegiate School in Darlington County. Founded in 1995, Trinity Collegiate School has been well known for its high academic standards, robust arts program and accomplished athletics. Centered between Florence, Hartsville and Darlington, TCS attracts students from throughout the Pee Dee. Currently, 71 percent of students are from Florence, 19 percent from Darlington/Hartsville and 10 percent from other Pee Dee locations. “We were pioneers taking big risks,” remembered Buzz Rogers, one of Trinity’s founding trustees. Backed by large seed gifts from Sonoco Products and the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation, Trinity Collegiate quickly established itself as a college preparatory school, one that continues to report 100 percent of its students accepted to four-year colleges. “By building on the foundation established by school visionaries such as Mr. Buzz Rogers, Dr. Frank Lee Jr. and Dr. Wallace Vaught,” says current board chairman Dr. William Naso, “we have been able to establish a school that not only meets the founders’ original goal of an elite college preparatory school, but one that delivers this amazing product to a diverse student body. Together, we truly are changing lives through opportunity.” Recent years has seen marked enrollment growth under the leadership of Head of School Ed Hoffman. “We have been the fastest growing private school in the Pee Dee over the last five years,” says Hoffman. TCS reports an overall enrollment of 351 students and an average high school enrollment of 60 students per grade. The TCS student body is diverse with 75 percent white, 16 percent black, 7 percent Asian, and 2 percent Hispanic or other ethnicity students. TCS is a 3-A SCISA school grades 6-12 that offers over 20 AP courses. Trinity Collegiate School was recently ranked 11th among all private schools within South Carolina by the high school ranking firm Niche.com. “The school’s emphasis,” says director of college counseling Weston Nunn, “remains centered on preparing students for success in college and to be able to lead productive lives in a global society.” In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Trinity Collegiate School will be hosting a Silver Jubilee on its 100-acre campus at 7 p.m. March 6, 2021. The jubilee will feature both a silent and live auction. This indoor/outdoor event will be CDC compliant and will also be live-streamed throughout the evening.