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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.

Welcoming students from diverse backgrounds, the School educates the whole person as students learn both personal integrity and respect for the cultures and values of others.  Providing a challenging, diverse, and globally sensitive liberal arts curriculum, students learn to reason independently and think creatively to achieve success commensurate with ability and effort. The School also offers students numerous co-curricular activities cultivating their interests and skills empowering them to become engaged local and global citizens.  

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...

887 Total Students

170+ Courses Offered

22 Average Class Size

60+ Clubs & Organizations

99% College Acceptance Rate

93 Faculty Members

41% enrolled in one or more AP Courses

53% Students with Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or Higher

58% of Faculty have Advanced Degrees

46 Honors Courses

10:1 Student/Faculty Ratio

16 Advanced Placement Courses

22 Varsity Sports in Competitive WCAC



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

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

We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become.
- St. Clare of Assisi
Bishop McNamara High School, built adjacent to Mount Calvary Catholic Church in Forestville, Maryland, thrives today as a result of Msgr. Peter Paul Rakowski’s vision to build Catholic high schools, one for boys and one for girls, in southern Prince George’s County. 
In 1962, Patrick A. O’Boyle, Archbishop of Washington, D.C., extended an invitation to the Brothers of Holy Cross, who are members of the Congregation of Holy Cross, an association of Catholic religious brothers and priests founded in 1837 by Blessed Basile Moreau to make God known, loved, and served, to administer and staff the new high school for boys. To honor the legacy of Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., John M. McNamara, who at the time of his death in 1960 had ordained more priests than any other Bishop still living in the United States, the Brothers of Holy Cross called the new institution Bishop McNamara High School.
Bishop McNamara High School
6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
Phone: 301.735.8401
Fax: 301.735.0934


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