Bishop McNamara High School

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Bishop McNamara High School
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6800 Marlboro Pike
Forestville, Maryland 20747
United States
Coordinates 38°51′8″N 76°53′22″W / 38.85222°N 76.88944°W / 38.85222; -76.88944Coordinates: 38°51′8″N 76°53′22″W / 38.85222°N 76.88944°W / 38.85222; -76.88944
Type Private, Coeducational, College Preparatory
Motto To Think With Christ
Patron saint(s) Blessed Fr. Basil Moreau and Saint Andre Bessette
President Dr. Marco Clark '85
Principal Dr. Robert Van der Waag
Staff 30
Faculty 81
Grades 912
Enrollment 870
Average class size 21
Student to teacher ratio 11:1
Campus size 14+ Acre
Campus type Suburban
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
Mascot Mustang
Nickname Mighty Mac
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Publication "Mustang Messenger"
Yearbook Caritas
Tuition $14,540 in 2016-2017
Affiliation Brothers of Holy Cross
Alumni eNewsletter "Mustang Minute"
Student Newspaper The Stampede Online
School Phone 301-735-8401
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, United States, 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, D.C..


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, D.C., 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 2016[citation needed] and Class of 2016 graduates received over $14.4 million in scholarships to colleges and universities all over the country.[citation needed]

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.

Fine Arts[edit]

The Fine Arts Department at Bishop McNamara offers one of the arts educations in the Washington, D.C..[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] In the 2008 season, the Lady Mustangs became WCAC champions.[2]

Notable alumni[edit]


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