Bishop McNamara High School
|Bishop McNamara High School|
To Think With Christ
|6800 Marlboro Pike
Forestville, Maryland, 20747
|Type||Private, Coeducational, College Preparatory|
|Patron saint(s)||Blessed Fr. Basil Moreau and Saint Andre Bessette|
|President||Marco Clark '85|
|Principal||Robert Van der Waag|
|Average class size||21|
|Student to teacher ratio||11:1|
|Campus size||14+ Acre|
|Color(s)||Maroon and Gold|
|Song||"Hail to thee, our McNamara"|
|Fight song||"The Maroon and Gold Fight Song"|
|Athletics conference||Washington Catholic Athletic Conference|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Affiliation||Brothers of Holy Cross|
|Alumni eNewsletter||"Mustang Minute"|
|Student Newspaper||The Stampede Online|
|Admissions Director||Patricia Garber at Ext. 113|
|Athletic Director||Anthony Johnson at Ext. 103|
Bishop McNamara High School is a private, Catholic coed high school, in the Holy Cross tradition. offering a college preparatory curriculum and a range of Fine Arts, athletics and activities. Founded in 1964 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, Bishop McNamara is located on a 14 acre campus in Forestville, Maryland, just 7 miles south of Washington, D.C., serving students ranging from six different Maryland counties, Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia and is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington. The school bears the name of Bishop John Michael McNamara, a former auxiliary bishop to the Archbishops of Baltimore and Washington and the founder of St. Gabriel's parish in Washington, DC.
Built on a site adjacent to Mount Calvary Catholic Church on Marlboro Pike in Forestville, Maryland, Bishop McNamara High School is a result of Msgr. Peter Paul Rakowski's plan to build a Catholic high school for boys, and one for girls in the southern part of Prince George's County. To that end, in 1962, Patrick A. O'Boyle, archbishop of Washington, DC, extended an invitation to the Brothers of Holy Cross to administer and staff the new high school, which would serve the county and parts of Washington, DC.
In 1960, Cardinal O'Boyle asked the Bernardine Sisters of St. Francis to build and administer a high school for girls in the same areas. La Reine High School, established in nearby Suitland, Maryland, was the result.
Bishop McNamara High School admitted its first classes (freshman and sophomore) of 334 boys in 1964, and La Reine admitted 130 freshman girls in 1960, adding a class each year. In 1991, La Reine High School announced its closing, and Bishop McNamara pledged its future to embrace a co-educational mission of secondary education.
Bishop McNamara High School provides a Catholic, college-preparatory education.
Bishop McNamara High School provides a variety of courses to help students meet the requirements for college admission or other types of professional preparation. The school boasts a 100% college acceptance rate for the Class of 2013 and last year graduates received over $18,269,345.00 in scholarships to colleges and universities all over the country.
Beyond the core academic courses, Bishop McNamara offers:
- Honors courses offered in English, Mathematics, Science, Foreign Language, Information Technology, Social Studies, and each of the fine arts disciplines.
- Advanced Placement courses offered in English Language, English Literature, Calculus, Statistics, Computer Programming, Psychology, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, French, Spanish, U.S. History and European History, Music Theory, Latin Vergil, Latin Poetry, and foreign language literature when there is sufficient student interest.
- Dual credit course offered jointly with Prince George's Community College and open to juniors and seniors whose general academic profile meets Prince George's Community College admissions criteria.
- Online courses, in subjects like Honors Chinese, German, Japanese, and Latin, which complement traditional high school curricula.
The Fine Arts Department at Bishop McNamara offers one of the arts educations in the Washington, DC. The F.A.D.E. program, Fine Arts Diploma Endorsement, is unique to Bishop McNamara. With band, orchestra, choir, theatre, dance and visual arts course offerings, Bishop McNamara High School's Fine Arts Department provides opportunities for student participation.
The Fine Arts Programs include:
- Dance - Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical Jazz, and Tap ranging from Beginning to Advanced levels; Traditional African Dance & Music I through IV, and the Sankofa Company (performing African Dance & Music company).
- Music - (Band & Orchestra and Choir) Band & Orchestra: Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, Jazz Lab, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Music Theory; Choir: Concert Choir, Honors Chamber Choir, Honors Madrigal Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Show Choir
- Theater - Introduction To Theatre, Acting, Theatre Technology I & II, Great Stages Of Drama, Senior Seminar, Musical Theatre Production (Fall), Spring Theatre Production
- Visual Arts - Color, Drawing & Advanced Drawing, Graphic Design, Digital Photography I & II, and AP Studio Art 2D-Photography
- FADE Program - Students who graduate with the Fine Arts Diploma Endorsement receive a notation on their transcripts and a special honor certificate at graduation. Students have the opportunity to apply for this program at the end of their freshman year, concurrent with the selection of courses for their sophomore year. Students are then given a list of courses, tasks and events to complete in the fine arts by their senior year.
- Guest Artist Series - Department hosts a series of professional guest artists to come and perform for our community. This serves our Fine Arts Diploma Endorsement Program as their series of Colloquia that students need to attend per year and provides wonderful arts events for our community.
Bishop McNamara competes in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference at the Varsity and Junior Varsity levels in the following sports:
Fall - Football, Women's Tennis, Volleyball, Cross Country, Women's Soccer, Men's Soccer, and Cheerleading Winter - Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Swimming, Wrestling, Cheerleading, and Indoor Track Spring - Baseball, Softball, Men's Tennis, Men's Lacrosse, Women's Lacrosse, Track & Field, and Golf
Each year student-athletes are selected to the WCAC All-Conference teams, Washington Post All-Met Teams, Maryland All-State Teams, MSABC All State Team, as well as other national, state and conference awards.
In 2013, thirteen student-athletes signed with Division 1 colleges and universities, such as the University of Maryland College Park, Georgia Tech, Fordham University, VCU, UMBC, Sienna College, University of Toledo, Columbia University, University of Tennessee, and George Mason University.
Bishop McNamara's women's basketball team has established itself as one of the premier teams in not only the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) but the entire nation as well. In 2005, the team was ranked #1 by USA Today, and the team finished with only one loss in the WCAC semifinals. In the 2008 season, the Lady Mustangs became WCAC champions.
- Waine Bacon – former NFL defensive back (2004–2005)
- John Baltimore – orchestra conductor and Founder of the DC Philharmonic Orchestra in Washington, DC
- Todd Bozeman – NCAA basketball coach
- Cameron Chism, CFL player
- Chris Cosh – NCAA football defensive coordinator
- Jerome Couplin III – NFL player
- Timothy Creamer – NASA astronaut
- Tyoka Jackson – NFL player
- Jeff Kinney – writer of Diary of a Wimpy Kid
- Ty Lawson – NBA Player for the Denver Nuggets
- Marcus Thornton – basketball player
- Keith Veney – NCAA Division I men's basketball record holder for three-pointers made in a single game with 15
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