History of BMHS

Wherever we work we assist others not only to recognize and develop their own gifts but also to discover the deepest longing in their lives. And, as in every work of our mission, we find that we ourselves stand to learn much from those whom we are called to serve. --The Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross

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In the Beginning

For over 50 years, the philosophy of Bishop McNamara High School has promoted Christian education in the spirit of Fr. Basil Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Bishop McNamara High School is sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross, Eastern Brothers Province, and is dedicated to educating the whole person. "We shall always place education side by side with instruction, the mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart."

Building for the Future

Built on a site adjacent to Mount Calvary Catholic Church on Marlboro Pike in Forestville, Maryland, Bishop McNamara High School is a result of the vision of Msgr. Peter Paul Rakowski to build a Catholic high school for boys, in the southern part of Prince George's County. To that end, in 1962, His Excellency, the Most Rev. 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. 

Honoring Bishop John Michael McNamara

At the request of Archbishop O'Boyle, the new school to be administered by the Brothers of Holy Cross was to be named in honor of the late Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, John Michael McNamara. Bishop McNamara, a tireless worker, had served from 1928 until his death in 1960 as auxiliary to the Archbishop of Baltimore and later Washington. He was the founder of St. Gabriel's parish in Washington, DC and was much beloved throughout the Archdioceses of Washington and Baltimore.

First Brothers in 1964

In 1964, fifteen Brothers of Holy Cross and five lay teachers set the course for these boys to develop into young men of character. Shown in the picture are the first religious faculty from left to right: Br. Christian Stinnett, Br. Walter Kramar, Br. Joseph Hogan, Br. Lewis James, Br. Francis Fitzpatrick, Archbishop O'Boyle, Br. Thomas Buckley, Br. Paul Burns, Br. Joseph Zuccardo, Br. Edward Connell, Br. Robert Antonetti, Br. Peter Martin and Br. Thomas Keefe.

Doors Open in 1964

Bishop McNamara High School admitted its first classes (freshman and sophomore) of 334 boys in 1964.

School dedicated on May 1965

Bishop McNamara High School was dedicated on May 15, 1965. The school offered science laboratories, classrooms, an administrative wing, cafeteria, combination gymnasium and auditorium, a chapel, and brothers' residence.

First Graduating Class in 1967

In May of 1967, Bishop McNamara High School graduated its first class of all men.

Fine Arts and Athletic Center Dedicated in 2002

The October 2002 dedication of the Fine Arts and Athletic Center ushered in a new era in our history and has enhanced the outstanding educational experience of today's McNamara students. By creating new instructional and performance spaces, the center has furthered our mission to educate the whole person.

To Think With Christ

The school challenges its students to think with Christ: a thought animated by the gospel, manifested in service, and informed by academic excellence.

The Cross and Anchor is the Holy Cross community‚Äôs seal with their motto of Ave Crux Spes Unica: Hail the Cross, Our Only Hope.

Bishop McNamara High School Alma Mater

Hail to thee, our McNamara:

True Maroon and Gold.
What we have in McNamara,
Never will grow old.
Brotherhood and sisterhood in Christian unity,
Mustangs once, we'll always be.
We sing our love to thee.
Hail to thee, our McNamara:
Faith and strength through thee
What we share in McNamara
Keeps us family.
Education, celebration, life's great dignity
Alma Mater, strong and free,

We stand and honor thee.

Maroon and Gold Fight Song

The fight song was composed by Brother Robert Antonetti, the first band director at Bishop McNamara.

Maroon and Gold go charging through,
Fight on you Mustangs brave and true.

We conquer all, we never fall,
We always fight for one and all.
For victory we'll raise our cry,
Our spirits strong will never die.

Go marching on, to VICTORY,
For McNamara High!

Bishop McNamara High School
6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
Phone: 301.735.8401
Fax: 301.735.0934
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