"Study in your course of life to do the greatest possible
amount of good." —John McDonogh, school founder
Since 1873, the McDonogh community has lived by the words of its founder, John McDonogh, who sought to leave the world a better place. The notion of doing the greatest possible amount of good is inculcated in McDonogh students of all ages. Through community involvement, students learn to broaden their sight, give to those less fortunate, and discover the joy in making a difference.