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Madison Bridges '26

"I chose Bishop McNamara because of the community - it is like no other. From day one, after experiencing all of the love, support, and hospitality McNamara provided, I knew it was the school for me. "

Madison Bridges '26
Student

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"From the point I stepped through the doors, I felt a strong sense of community, pride, and shared values of family, belonging, and acceptance at BMHS. I experienced excitement from my interactions with students, faculty, and the administration. However, the most important reason why I chose BMHS was the belief and confidence I felt that my daughter would be protected, nurtured, and challenged to achieve what she once believed were her 'impossibles'."

MRS. RENITA BRIDGES
Parent of Madison '26

Isaiah Pryor '24

“Bishop McNamara has prepared me for the next chapter in life and beyond in so many ways. As a transfer student in my sophomore year, I did not know what to expect. On my first day of attendance, the warm welcome I received was amazing! Bishop McNamara is truly a family! I am grateful to have experienced the very best teachers, exceptional coaches, inspiring teammates, caring counselors, great campus ministry, and challenging STEM coursework that has helped me to achieve my goals and become the best version of myself. I could not have done this without God, my family, and the McNamara family who have continuously guided me during these past 3 years. I am very excited to continue my academic and athletic career at the United States Coast Guard Academy. Bishop McNamara has equipped me with all the tools needed to be successful!"

Isaiah Pryor '24
Student 

Kow Simpson '22 accepted to Harvard, Duke, Brown, University of Maryland and more

BMHS prepared me for college since my freshman year when I had to learn how to be more organized to keep up with my assignments. For four years, I  had to complete homework assignments for every class, which required me to learn to balance my schedule and commitments.”

Kow Simpson '22
Alumni, Harvard University Student

Mrs. Emily Koenick

“The growth and changes that happen in high school are essentially the same for a teenager. What is different, however, is the environment in which the teenager experiences high school, and that's where McNamara is different — here you are cared for and educated in a way that is not similar to other high schools. When you fall, we catch you. When you want to succeed, we propel you. The word that best describes our vibe is simply, love.”

Emily Koenick
Faculty, English Department Chair

Ava Garland '23

“As an African American, I feel like we are often very distanced from our original roots and where we come from. Traditional African dance (at Bishop McNamara) gave me a sense of being deeply rooted in my culture. African dance is a technique that is perfected over the years. The excitement I get from it is that it is a style that really allows me to show my personality. It is also a great way to release any stress. The experiences I have had at McNamara definitely improved me … made me the person I am. McNamara is like a big family – we are all different, but we are all friends and we all talk and we all share experiences. That made me more knowledgeable and a better person.”

Ava Garland '23
Alumni, Student at the University of Michigan

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"We love the inherent sense of community at BMHS, the warm welcome every time we come in the door, and the endless possibilities for our son at this school."

MR. ZAVEN ARZOUMANIAN AND MS. SIAN MACADAM
Parents of Matthew Arzoumanian '26

Paul O'Brien, Teacher

“I love how our students truly develop a thirst for justice. Our kids often become very active in causes that promote a greater society. In a world torn apart in so many ways, our kids truly become active, bringers of hope!”

Ms. Paul O'Brien
Faculty, Theology Department

Brianna Reynolds '24

"Bishop McNamara High School has prepared me for college and beyond in multiple ways. I have been provided with teachers, counselors, mentors, study skills,  life skills, and resources to help me become a better version of myself. Coming into McNamara my freshman year I was shy, a person who was nervous to interact with the others. Through the help of the McNamara family I have become prepared to interact with other outside of the school in a confident matter."

Brianna Reynolds '24
Student

Kennedy Ben '25

“I still remember when I completed my shadow visit at Bishop McNamara during the 8th grade. I felt welcomed by everyone - students, faculty, and staff.  I could immediately see myself doing great things here and I knew I would get a great education that would prepare me for the world at large.”

Kennedy Ben '25
Student

Carl Schuettler, parent of Collin '27

“My son was in public school for K-8th grade and I had some concerns with him moving to private school this school year. There was a brief time for him to get adjusted to the stronger academic demands, but it didn't take him long. McNamara is a family environment as everyone is so welcoming, helpful, and supportive. It's the culture. The teachers offer time for the students after school if they need help. The communication from the school, administration, admissions, teachers, staff, and coaches is great. They just added a new science and tech facility which is amazing. The safety and security of the students is clearly a priority that they take very seriously. The athletic programs are awesome and they are in the WCAC, one of the best and most competitive athletic conferences in the entire country for every sport.”

Mr. Carl Schuettler
Parent of Cullen '27
Mrs. Tracye Burr Mitchell

"Bishop McNamara is without a doubt a superb example of an entire school community focused on making a difference and bringing out the best in each of our children. Every member of the Bishop McNamara community - from the CEO, to the Principal, to the Administration, to the faculty, to the staff - ensures that our children graduate as confident and competent young people poised and prepared to show the world the best of themselves every day."

Mrs. Tracye Burr Mitchell
Parent of Lauryn '21 & Olivia '18