Parents have been entrusting their children to Trinity Lutheran School since January of 1891, making TLS the third oldest private school in Portland. TLS was begun by Trinity Lutheran Church in the first month of the Church’s existence. The congregation has demonstrated over and over again its commitment to sharing high quality education based in the love of Jesus Christ for all children, despite many sacrifices to make it happen.
When Trinity moved to its present site from NE Rodney and NE Ivy in 1959, it had inadequate resources to build both a church and school. It made the decision to build the school with a first-class gymnasium and forego the building of the sanctuary. The congregation worshiped in the gymnasium for more than thirty years, necessitating the setup and takedown of chairs and the altar every Sunday morning.
This past year, the congregation voted to take a leap of faith and obtain a $1.4 million loan in order to improve the school facilities and expand and upgrade the school, its staff, and its curriculum. That loan will cost congregation members more than $70,000 per year for the next 20 years. That cost is in addition to the subsidy the congregation continues to provide the school annually from its regular budget and the scholarships for children attending Trinity. Between those two items, Trinity members contributed nearly $120,000 in support of TLS this past year. That financial commitment is further augmented by many Trinity members who serve as volunteers in a wide variety of capacities to help make TLS the great school it is.
For more information on the history of Trinity, go to trinityportland.org and click on Trinity Lutheran Church, then find History in the drop down under About Us. Did you know that Trinity was the “mother church” of Concordia University, housing the first classes in our church basement in 1905?
We of Trinity Lutheran Church are thankful for the opportunity you provide us to share the love of Jesus with your child in an academically stimulating environment.