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History of La Reine High School

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.

Over the next 32 years, La Reine High School pursued excellence and received numerous honors in academics, art and design, and athletics. The School’s crowning achievement came in 1985 as La Reine High School was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the Council of Private Education, one of only 65 schools nationwide to be so honored. In 1991, La Reine High School announced its closing, and Bishop McNamara pledged its future to embrace a co-educational mission of secondary education. In 1992, the first women from La Reine High School entered the halls of Bishop McNamara. The legacy of La Reine High School and the charism of the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters as educators in the faith presently lives on in the memory and future vision of Bishop McNamara High School.
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