“McDonogh School is a community which finds joy in work, in play, and in the discovery and realization of personal potential…McDonogh seeks to inspire excellence in all endeavors and to develop leaders to meet the challenges of an evolving world.” —from the school’s mission statement
The role of athletics in a McDonogh student’s life is important. The Athletic Department believes athletics are an extension of the academic day where valuable lessons are taught. Sports programs are designed to be in harmony with the educational objectives of the school. We believe in a multi-sport philosophy and encourage all our athletes to play at least two sports. McDonogh School seeks to provide opportunities in which students can participate in a healthy and competitive environment and develop socially, mentally, and physically.
The Athletic Department encourages students to become members of teams, to be the best they can be and to reach their personal potential. To achieve this last goal, we offer 27 varsity sports. Being a member of a team is a privilege. Students will learn life lessons such as how to work with a group, how to be selfless, how to persevere when things don’t go well, and how to be gracious winners and losers.
In most sports, we offer varsity and junior varsity teams, and when the numbers are high enough, we have offered a third team. Sports that lend themselves easily to a third team possibility include: boys and girls soccer, basketball, and in the past, we have field hockey and girls lacrosse third teams. We encourage students to go out for a team of their choice, and if that choice doesn’t work out, then try something else.
Finally, one very important mission of the McDonogh Athletic program is to teach and reinforce in players values relating to wholesome competition, great sportsmanship, and fair play. Coaches should set a good example for players and spectators. Treating officials with respect as well as opposing coaches and players is an important behavior expected of all McDonogh constituents—players, coaches, and parents.