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Graduation 2023

♦ Help Bishop McNamara High School to advance its vision to form empowered leaders, inspired by the Gospel, who transform the world

♦ Help Bishop McNamara High School fulfill its mission to educate the hearts and minds of our students in a dynamic, inclusive Catholic school community rooted in the Holy Cross tradition. 


School Code

Achieve Academic Excellence

Think creatively and critically, ask thought-provoking questions, and address local, national, and international issues through collaborating and communicating clearly in a robust intellectual environment that is committed to academic excellence.

Develop Strong Faith & Morals

Exhibit self-awareness and grasp of faith by developing a relationship with God and embodying strong morals to face difficult decisions that reflects an understanding of the dignity of human beings given by God.

Commit to Formation of Self

Gain an appreciation of various disciplines and excel in our personal passions whether in academics, athletics, or the arts to develop a sense of self while evolving as lifelong learners, cultivating next generation skills and a healthy lifestyle by understanding moderation and discipline in all things.

Actively Seek Transformation of Society

Appreciate cultures other than our own, embracing differences in upbringing, environment, and history to better find our role in the global community and to develop our own identity as responsible citizens.

Pursue Service & Justice

Empathize with others and value service as a personal commitment and social responsibility while exercising charity to the poor and marginalized as modeled by Jesus Christ.


  • Over $30 million in college scholarships and financial aid earned by the Class of 2024
  • 28,000 Christian Service Hours performed annually by our students
  • 15,000+ passionate alumni transforming the world
  • 872 innovative and creative modern Mustangs
  • 196 courses offered 
  • 100+ individual partner schools represented within each class
  • 100% of students accepted into college from the Class of 2023
  • 79 dedicated Holy Cross educators
  • 64% of faculty hold Master’s or Doctoral degrees
  • 60+ unique student Clubs and Organizations
  • 50+ students welcomed with learning differences into the St. Joseph’s Program
  • 56 challenging Honors Courses
  • 40+ Fine Arts Performances,  Productions & Concert yearly
  • 22 competitive Athletic Varsity Sports in WCAC
  • 18 Advanced Placement Courses
  • 18 Average Class Size
  • 17 stimulating Advanced Placement courses
  • 16 Years of Average Faculty Teaching Experience
  • 15+ Christian service hours performed each year by freshman students
  • 14 award-winning fine and performing arts groups
  • 11 distinct counties represented in the Washington Metropolitan region
  • 11:1 personal student-to-faculty ratio
  • 7 Unique STEM Education Partnerships with organizations such as NASA & Johns Hopkins
  • 5 Science labs for biology, chemistry, and physics
  • 4 diverse Modern and Classical languages offered
  • 3x named Best Private School in Prince George’s County
  • 2x defending Mock Trial County Champions
  • 1 each: Cybersecurity Lab, CITE Lab, Entrepreneurship Center, Recording Studio, Health Sciences Center
  • 1:1 Educational Device Program


Bishop McNamara High School, a college preparatory school in the Holy Cross tradition, educates hearts and minds in a dynamic, inclusive Catholic school community rooted in the Holy Cross tradition.

The Congregation of Holy Cross has established schools, as a continuation of the legacy of Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau, to cultivate minds and hearts and to serve the needs of the Church and the world. As effective educators, we assist others to view reality through the eyes of faith.


Bishop McNamara High School maintains a proud tradition in athletics.

The Athletic Department  educates the whole person, not just the athlete. As an extension of the classroom, athletics at Bishop McNamara instills Christian values on the playing fields, in the classroom and in the community.

Bishop McNamara participates in the highly competitive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference at the Varsity and Junior Varsity levels in 22 different sports.


Theatre - Guys and Dolls

Since 1964, Bishop McNamara High School exhibitions in art galleries and performances on stage by students have captivated audiences across the Washington D.C. and Baltimore metropolitan areas.

Representatives of our Fine Arts Department travel to such places as New York, Orlando, Chicago, and Toronto, Canada and our alumni have attained degrees from many noted conservatories, universities and schools of art, dance, music, and theatre.

The Fine Arts Department offers one of the most extensive arts educations in the Washington, D.C. area.

Our large musical ensembles, intimate dance classes, theatrical productions, and art studios offer comfortable, rewarding, fun, yet challenging environments for all participating students. Student performance and displays throughout the school year enhance the community experience and recognition of the varied talents of our gifted young people.


Student Life is an integral and significant part of the student experience at Bishop McNamara High School. 

With over 60 student clubs and organizations, ranging anywhere from honor societies, technical teams, special interest groups and service organizations, most of our students are active in at least one group.

Extra-curricular activities provide students with opportunities to lead, participate and serve Bishop McNamara, area elementary schools, and community organizations. 

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