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BISHOP McNAMARA HIGH SCHOOLA Catholic, Holy Cross, Coeducational, College Preparatory School for Grades 9-12

About BMHS


Our Vision 

Empowered leaders, inspired by the Gospel, transforming the world.

Dr. Barnhardt and Mrs. Carter walk and talk with student

Our Mission

To educate hearts and minds in a dynamic, inclusive Catholic school community rooted

in the Holy Cross tradition.

We choose to think with Christ

Our Philosophy

Bishop McNamara High School, a Catholic, Holy Cross, coeducational, college preparatory, liberal arts school provides wide ranging and evolving curricular and co-curricular activities for students to learn and practice the Catholic faith in an inclusive and dynamic school community.  

The School integrates this faith message, rooted in the Holy Cross tradition, within all its activities by relating the Gospel to content areas, by the living example of its employees, by partnership with families, and by service to the wider world.  

Make haste, therefore; take up this work of the resurrection,
never forgetting that the particular goal of your institution is, above all, to sanctify youth.

- Blessed Basile Moreau, Christian Education


The core of a Holy Cross education and the core of a Bishop McNamara education are framed by the Four Pillars:

Being Family

Building Respect

Educating Minds and Hearts

Bringing Hope

By the Numbers

Our Students are accepted to the best Colleges & Universities Worldwide

Howard University
Mount St. Mary's University
Wake Forest University
Carnegie Mellon University
North Carolina A & T State University
University of Maryland
University of Notre Dame
U.S. Air Force Academy
Towson University
University of North Carolina
University of Rochester
George Washington University
Xavier University of Louisiana
Columbia University
Coastal Carolina University
Duke University
Princeton University
Morgan State University
Ohio State University
Stetson University
Temple University
Purdue University
Tulane University of Louisiana
Vanderbilt University
Fordham University
Salisbury University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Tuskegee University
Seton Hall University
University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Meet Our Leaders


Building on our shared vocation as educators in the faith, Bishop McNamara High School’s leadership model:

  • is focused on teaching Gospel values alongside the core academic curriculum

  • is respectful and inclusive

  • embraces the idea of a global community

  • is committed to providing students with a quality education exemplified by the highest standards

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