The Legacy is an award-winning annual publication produced by Upper School students to tell the story of the school year. It serves as a yearbook, memory book, history book, record book, and reference book. Although most students enjoy reading their yearbook on the day it is received, the book is most appreciated years later. For this reason, the Legacy continues to be a print publication in order to achieve and maintain a relevant format in an ever-changing technological environment.
As journalists, photographers, and graphic designers, Upper School students create the yearbook from concept to print. Legacy staff members enroll in yearbook class where they learn the principles of graphic design, journalism, digital photography, and yearbook production in a project-based learning environment. Critical thinking, communication skills, creativity, and collaboration are the cornerstones of this class. Select students will go on to become leaders by applying for editorship positions.
The yearbook was first published in 1917 under the name The Dragon. In 1935, McDonogh changed its mascot from the dragon to the eagle, and the name of the yearbook was changed to the Legacy. The yearbook was not published in 1926 or 1927. The 105th volume of the Legacy was published in 2023.