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



To educate hearts and minds in a dynamic, inclusive Catholic school community rooted in the Holy Cross tradition.


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.  

Ultimately, the school challenges its students to think with Christ - a thought animated by the Gospel, manifested in service and informed by academic excellence.





By the Numbers...

14 Fine and Performing Arts Programs

93 Faculty Members

Over 50 Courses & Ensembles in the Fine Arts

22 Average Class Size

8 Modern & Classical Languages

887 Total Students

60+ Clubs & Organizations

41% enrolled in one or more AP Courses

2 times Mock Trial County Champions

170+ Courses Offered

58% of Faculty have Advanced Degrees

Over 40 Fine Arts Performances, Productions, & Concerts each year

16 Advanced Placement Courses

1:1 Technology Initiative

99% College Acceptance Rate

46 Honors Courses

22 Varsity Sports in Competitive WCAC

10:1 Student/Faculty Ratio



Blessed Father Basil Moreau, founder of Holy Cross

Bishop McNamara High School is sponsored by the Brothers of Holy Cross, Moreau Province, who are members of the Congregation of Holy Cross, an association of Catholic religious brothers and priests who lead extraordinary lives by bringing hope to others.

Founded by Blessed Basile Moreau on March 1, 1837, in a small village outside of Le Mans, France, the mission of the Congregation is to make God known, loved, and served.  Fr. Moreau brought together a group of brothers, auxiliary priests, and for a period of time, sisters, compromising one holy family in imitation of the Holy Family.  He believed that the work that God had entrusted to Holy Cross extended beyond the borders of France to the rest of the world. Within a few short years of founding Holy Cross, Moreau sent his priests, brothers, and sisters from France to many destinations around the world.  

For more, go to Our Holy Cross Heritage


HISTORY OF BMHS & LRHS: Educators in Faith

Bishop McNamara High School, built adjacent to Mount Calvary Catholic Church in Forestville, Maryland, thrives today as a result of Monsignor Peter Paul Rakowski’s vision to build Catholic high schools, one for boys and one for girls, in southern Prince George’s County.
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
Two years earlier, Cardinal O’Boyle asked the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters, a Catholic women’s religious order founded in the latter part of the nineteenth century who answer God’s call by following in the footsteps of Francis and Clare of Assisi, to administer and staff a high school for girls in the same area. La Reine High School, established in nearby Suitland, Maryland, was the result of this inspiring call to action and the School opened its doors in 1960 admitting 130 freshman girls, adding a class each year.



Our students are accepted to some of the best Colleges and Universities in the country - see more at Colleges and Universities 
  • The Catholic University of America
  • Georgetown University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Hampton University
  • Howard University
  • Mount St. Mary's University
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Southern California
  • Penn State
  • Xavier University of Louisiana
  • St. Edward's University
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • St. John's University
  • United States Naval Academy
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Towson University
  • North Carolina A & T


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


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