Pt 2

Jack Zimmer believed in  developing students who are able to excel in college and beyond, contribute to their communities, lead in a changing society, and grow spiritually

Every morning, as I drove through the gates on Trinity Prep Lane, I noticed the huge sign with the royal blue letters  over the football field that read, “Zimmer Field”. A few years older than me, Zach Zimmer was the star running back, and a great baseball player, but they wouldn’t name a field after him would they?  One day after Assembly, as we walked out of the auditorium, I noticed a plaque above the glass auditorium entrance that read, “+500,000 donors” with Jack Zimmers name under it, along with two other names. 

     Finally, I asked Mr. Herron, one of our assistant football coaches, who also happened to be the middle school principal at the time, who Zimmer field was named after.   He explained that Jack Zimmer, was the grandfather of Zach Zimmer, but was a great friend of the Rev. Canon Albert Rees Hay, the man who founded Trinity Preparatory School with the hopes that students would be prepared to become successful significant members of society.   The school was originally founded to provide students with small classroom sizes to gain an unparralled education through a rigorous academic curriculum while maintaining faith and becoming involved in extracurricular activities.  Jack Zimmer, sent his son Jack Jr. to Trinity , and eventually sent all of his grandchildren to recieve their education at Trinity.  He was very big on education, and made tremendous contributions to the school to allow it to succeed not only academically, but also athletically.  Mr. Herron ended by saying he was a very generous man, and that the football field was named in his honor for all that he has contributed to the school. 

I find it ironic that most people drive by the field everyday, looking at the sign that is impossible to miss, and do not know the history behind it.  During my six years at Trinity Preparatory School, Jack Zimmer, made many contributions to the school, but most went without public praise,  a true unsung hero. 

To this day, I still think about Jack Zimmer when I drive by the field, and wish I would have had the opportunity to thank him, for all of his contributions which allowed me to have such a great middle school and high school experience.


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