Holy Trinity School (Washington, D.C.)

Holy Trinity School is a Jesuit-run Catholic elementary school located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC. It is a ministry of Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Holy Trinity School
1325 36th Street, NW
Washington, DC
United States
Coordinates38.907567°N 77.069970°W / 38.907567; -77.069970
Religious affiliation(s)Catholic
Established1818; 203 years ago (1818)
Head of schoolKevin McShane
Student to teacher ratio8:1
Color(s)White & Blue

It is overseen by the Archdiocese of Washington.[2]


Holy Trinity was established as the first Catholic school in the District of Columbia in 1818 by Father John Ralphio lII.[3] At the time, it served only boys. The school closed in 1829, but reopened in 1831. The high school division, opened in 1922, was closed in 1974 due to high operating costs.[4]

In 2016, Holy Trinity was named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.[5]


Pre-K through fourth grade students are housed in the lower school and fifth through eighth grade students are housed in the upper school.[6] Spanish is offered in all grades.[2]

Holy Trinity fields cross-country, softball, basketball, and track and field teams that play in the Archdiocese of Washington's Catholic Youth Organization.[7] Students compete against teachers in an annual basketball game.[8]


During the 2018-19 school year, Holy Trinity's 343 students were 78% white, 11% multiracial, 10% African American, 10% Hispanic, and 2% Asian. 89% were Catholic.[9]


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  2. "Holy Trinity School". Archdiocese of Washington Catholic Schools. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  3. Simpson, Anne (17 March 1988). "D.C. CATHOLIC SCHOOLS CLING TO IDEALS". The Washington Post. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  4. "Faith, Hope And Charisma". Washington Post. 15 April 1979. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  5. Sankowski, Kelly (3 October 2016). "Holy Trinity School in Washington earns national Blue Ribbon honor". Catholic Standard. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  6. Contributor, Guest (8 November 2017). "School Dispatches: Nov. 8, 2017". Current Newspapers. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  7. "Athletics – Holy Trinity School". htsdc.org. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  8. Contributor, Guest (5 April 2018). "School dispatches: April 4, 2018". Current Newspapers. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  9. "2018-2019 Strategic Data Portfolio" (PDF). Archdiocese of Washington. Retrieved 29 January 2020.