It’s a Matter of Pride for these Shamrocks


photo by Caleb Grimm/Colin Sander

Senior Rocks at the Pride Week pep rally!

ECHO Staff

During Pride Week a number of seniors put down some thoughts about just what school pride means, especially when engaged in spirited battles with rival St. Xavier: 

As a Catholic school student, I always thought it was funny that we celebrate pride. It’s considered to be the most demonic sin. But I don’t think pride is bad. Neither does anyone else at my school, seeing as we take a week to celebrate it. Pride in our school is having a sense of belonging. Here at Trinity, we are a brotherhood, not just for our high school lives, but for all eternity. Even after graduation, we will have each other’s backs. School pride is working together as a group to achieve a goal — even if said goal is beating a rival team in football. It’s incredible how every student, not just currently enrolled but even alumni, can gather to cheer for what they believe in. Have too much pride, and you’ll forget your brotherhood, but have too little, and you’ll never want to be part of the brotherhood.

— Matthew Craven 


The privilege of going to Trinity is something I say with extraordinary pride. Attending a school where you must push yourself in academics, extracurricular activities, and socially, is what having Trinity pride is all about. To me, having school pride is showing that you’re a man of faith and character. At Trinity, we push for excellence, nothing less. Having pride in all aspects of Trinity’s lifestyle is something we don’t take lightly. Alumni, students, and future students know that it’s more than just cheering on teams at games. Wearing a T-shirt that says Trinity across the chest means much more than you think. I have the privilege to attend a school that has made me the man I am today. “Maximum Effort of Your Soul” is something that Trinity strives for in ways that many other schools can’t. That’s why I have so much pride in Trinity High School.

Chris Hatcher


To me, school pride is much more than just cheering at sporting events. Being proud in an institution you are part of means reflecting its values into your community. Being a Shamrock requires individuals to encompass faith, character, and excellence — and to radiate those traits to those they encounter. Everyone who is part of the Trinity family is proud to be part of such a vast and tightly knit community, which is shown by our impact on the world. Whether taking over the city of St. Matthews on any given Friday in the fall or taking over the corporate world with the skills learned within the school’s walls, Trinity has an impact. Trinity is more than just a Catholic high school; it is a brotherhood. The connections and relationships formed at Trinity last a lifetime, and thousands of people can say they are proud to be a Shamrock.

Nate Zimmerman


Trinity and St. Xavier are the two most popular Catholic boys high schools in the state. With that, comes competition and rivalry. The football game is one of the biggest high school rivalries in the country, going back to 1958. Pride Week truly brings out the most spirit — making House banners, singing songs, making promotion videos, and wearing supportive T-shirts. But we also show pride through character. Trinity is a passionate and emotional place, and this reflects on the students throughout this special week. Everyone seems to come together in support of the football team. At the game, almost the entire school is packed into one section at Cardinal Stadium cheering on the Rocks. When the alma mater is sung, it brings out every ounce of school pride of everyone in the stadium.

— Logan Blandford


Brotherhood, persistence, community, pride, and maximum effort. These qualities make up both Trinity and St. Xavier. Whether it’s on the field or in the community, students from each school live by these qualities. Students compete to show that their school works harder and better than the other. The rivalry is part of the thoughts and actions of both schools’ students. But when it’s time to put the rivalry aside and help the community, both schools have shown this is not an impossible feat. Senior Class presidents of both schools this year partnered to raise money for food providers in Louisville. These actions show that while there is a rivalry between the schools, it only furthers the pride of the students.

— Charlie Butler


The Trinity Shamrocks and the St. Xavier Tigers. This rivalry is so much more than a football game. The students of Trinity spend the whole week preparing for the game with other events such as soccer matches, freshman and JV football games, and classic trash talk. Trinity calls this week Pride Week, which I think is perfect. We take pride in our school, and we show it. The rivalry is special because of the brotherhood that Trinity creates. We are a family at Trinity, and we stand together. We all have friends at St. Xavier, and that is what makes the game so intense. We know each other, and we fight for the yearlong bragging rights that the winner gets. But the Trinity brotherhood is a lifelong thing, and if you are a part of it, you will always have a place at Trinity.

— Lucas Halpin


“Faithful to the Green and White, we stand united here” is a line from the Alma Mater Trinity students sing after every game, win or lose. That short phrase, which some might gloss over, is all you need to know about how Trinity students show pride. Trinity students are the most faithful students in the state of Kentucky and will always pack the student section and cheer loudly, even at an away game. “We stand united here” rings true for every Trinity student because the brotherhood at Trinity is second to none. Whether that is going to the big football game to cheer on your friends on the field or helping a student pick up his dropped books in the hallway, Trinity students have a sense of selflessness and the desire to help their brothers. It is seen every single day.

— Peyton Lomax