Dr. Marco J. Clark '85, President/CEO
Welcome to Bishop McNamara High School!
Committed to the four pillars of Holy Cross education—Being Family, Building Respect, Educating Hearts and Minds, and Bringing Hope--Bishop McNamara High School prepares students through academic, artistic, athletic, social and spiritual learning experiences designed to inform, form and transform their lives. As you peruse the pages of this website and learn more about our school and the successes of our students we hope that you come to understand why I so often say, “There’s no place like McNamara!"
As our vision statement reads, we are committed to empowering leaders, inspired by the Gospel, who transform the world. This world class education is second to none, and yet, the real value add is the formation that occurs during these pivotal years of adolescence. With a talented, passionate, nurturing faculty and staff, committed students, and supportive parents and benefactors, our students graduate to the ranks of higher education and into the work world as leaders who make a difference in the world.
We often hear from our families that Bishop McNamara is a school of opportunity-- opportunity for students to participate in a challenging college preparatory program, to explore their unique God-given talents by participating in one of our more than 50 clubs and activities, 19 athletics programs or in arguably the most comprehensive fine and performing arts program of any Catholic school in the nation. During a time in their lives where boys and girls grow into men and women, the Bishop McNamara experience provides tremendous opportunities for students to explore their unique God-given talents, grow as leaders, and develop into people of influence. Whether in the classroom or concert hall, on the stage or the athletic field, in a lab or in a studio, Bishop McNamara stands for excellence and changes lives.
Our diverse community learns and grows in a student-centered environment that is highlighted by:
♦ A dynamic and innovative college-preparatory curriculum
♦ More than 50 co-curricular clubs and activities that support learning and leadership development
♦ 19 athletic programs that participate in the prestigious Washington Catholic Athletic Conference
♦ Award winning Fine and Performing Arts that include nine-different band programs, multiple choir genres, theater, dance, graphic arts and traditional African dance and drumming
♦ Cutting-edge technology
♦ A beautiful and expansive campus setting
♦ Grounded in the Gospels as we prepare our students to be Christ-centered leaders in the 21st century
Whether you are visiting for the first time or returning to Bishop McNamara after being away, I invite you to get to know us better. I am certain you will be impressed with the many great achievements of our students and alumni, will be impressed with the quality of our faculty, and will love the energy of our students.
Experience Bishop McNamara: Discover the Difference!
Thank you for visiting us!
Ave Crux Spes Unica (The Cross is our Only Hope),
Dr. Marco J. Clark '85
About Dr. Clark
Dr. Clark has served in Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Washington since 1989. A 1985 graduate of Bishop McNamara High School, he matriculated to the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA where he studied Psychology and English. He did his Master's degree in Education in Guidance and Counseling at Bowie State University. Dr. Clark graduated in May of 2015 with an Educational Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University and was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society. Alpha Sigma Nu honors students of Jesuit colleges and universities who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty to the ideals of Jesuit education, and service to others. His doctoral dissertation focused on leadership development and succession planning.
Following graduation from Holy Cross he began his career in Catholic education working at DeMatha Catholic High School where he served as a teacher, guidance counselor, football, baseball and basketball coach, Admissions Director, Director of Guidance, and Summer School Principal. In 1997 Dr. Clark returned to his high school alma mater where he served as the school's Principal for 13 years and in 2010 was appointed as the President/CEO.
Throughout his career in education Dr. Clark has held a variety of leadership roles in the Archdiocese of Washington serving as a member of the Board of Education, President of the High School Principal's Association, President of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, a Trustee at St. Anselm Abbey School, member of the Board of Directors at St. Edmond's Academy in Wilmington Delaware, member of the Board of Directors for the Consortium of Catholic Academies in the Archdiocese of Washington and serves as the Chair of the Academic Committee, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Forestville Pregnancy Center. In 2012 Dr. Clark was awarded the Secondary Schools' Administrator of the Year Award from the National Catholic Education Association for his long-standing leadership and contribution to Catholic education.
Education is the art of bringing young people to completeness; for the Christian, this means education is helping a young person to be more like Christ
(Blessed Father Basil Moreau, Christian Education, 1856)
Dr. Clark is married to Mrs. Peggy Clark, a middle school math teacher at St. Ambrose Catholic School in Cheverly, MD. Their three children—Kevin, Casey, and Meghan—all graduated from Bishop McNamara High School marking three generations to attend either McNamara or La Reine High Schools.
One of the greatest joys Dr. Clark has is witnessing the growth and personal formation of our Bishop McNamara students as they grow to become leaders and people of influence who want to bring about positive change in the world. Bishop McNamara's proud legacy challenges students “To Think with Christ." As an authentically Holy Cross school committed to the principles of the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Blessed Father Basil Moreau, the Bishop McNamara High School faculty and staff prepare our students through academic, athletic, artistic, social, and spiritual learning experiences designed to inform, form and transform them as they become responsible citizens of our global community.
Dr Clark believes that as Catholic educators we are called to recommit ourselves daily to educating and forming our students to fulfill their God-given potential as we guide, lead, and encourage them to higher levels of spiritual, social and academic development. As Catholic educators, we assist others to view all reality through the eyes of faith and to proclaim the Gospel through their words and witness.
It is no longer a matter of learning to become a good Christian, but of becoming an apostolic person
(Blessed Basil Moreau, Rules)
As a Holy Cross school Bishop McNamara High School offers educational programs to a diverse group of students, fostering the gifts of those with whom and for whom we work. We teach the Catholic faith; we encourage the pursuit of academic excellence; we nurture a commitment to integral growth by focusing on Christian values and the intellectual, creative, social and physical development of those we serve. We spur those who we serve to challenge prejudice, as well as unjust networks of power and privilege. As a Holy Cross school we exist to promote the legacy and vision of Father Moreau by developing leaders among the People of God for the good of the Church and society.
Foremost, Dr. Clark remains steadfast that a Bishop McNamara education facilitates the formation of qualities such as integrity, leadership, justice, love, compassion, hope and respect for all people. This is a philosophy that transforms lives; this is a mission we live at Bishop McNamara and give witness to daily. Simply said, Bishop McNamara exists so that students become people of values as well as scholars. By cultivating the hearts and minds, our students become responsible citizens and positive forces for good.
Our work is not a human work, but God's very own.
(Blessed Basil Moreau, Letters)
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