Moore, who was brought in to head the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s new high school in 2000 by then- Archbishop John Francis Donoghue, worked along side 35 employees to welcomed 164 freshman and 55 sophomores. In 2003, the school graduated its first class with 62 students as the school’s population swelled to 680 students, 83 faculty and staff members, with 115 courses offered. Today, with the added distinction of being named a 2014 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, those numbers have increased to 112 employees, 971 students and over 140 course offerings, including 23 AP courses.
Under the helm of Principal Moore, Blessed Trinity has become a school known for its Catholic identity, strong academics, athletic achievements and a talented fine arts department. Having alumni, as well as their parents, return time and again to the campus for various events is also a legacy left by Moore as is the school having been a good neighbor to the adjacent St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church and Queen of Angels Catholic School. While he will be greatly missed, Moore leaves Blessed Trinity in good stead and well positioned for more success in the future.
To the Blessed Trinity Catholic High School Community:
A few weeks ago, I informed Dr. Diane Starkovich, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, that I will retire from my position as principal effective with the expiration of my current contract on June 30, 2016. Next week, Dr. Starkovich will send you information regarding the process to be followed in choosing the new principal.
These sixteen years at Blessed Trinity have been the most exciting and rewarding of the forty-four years I have spent in Catholic secondary education. The accomplishments of the teachers and students here have far exceeded the time line of expectations I laid out in the summer of 2000. And those accomplishments will continue, because the culture we have grown here is never to be satisfied, but rather always to look for better ways to accomplish our goals. It was that philosophy that culminated in Blessed Trinity being named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.
I am reminded of a quote from William James, who said, “The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that outlasts it.” So will it be with Blessed Trinity. Current students and faculty and those not yet born will accomplish great things for many decades to come. I am proud to have been a part of that legacy.
My thanks to everyone in this great BT community for making our school the best – students, faculty and staff, parents, alumni, and friends. And thanks also to the Office of Catholic Schools, Superintendent Dr. Diane Starkovich, to Archbishop Gregory, and a special remembrance and thanks to Archbishop John Francis Donoghue, without whose vision Blessed Trinity might never have existed.
May God bless you all,