MVHS Concept Art
    Many of Moon Valley High School's original 565 students and 25 teachers will recall the unfinished buildings, blowing dirt, lack of grass and lack of facilities that caused Moon Valley's delayed opening in September of 1965.
    As the years went by, the faculty grew from the original 25 to the current number of 100, and the boundaries are now from Thunderbird Road to Peoria Avenue and Black Canyon Freeway to 51st Avenue. Students now number around 1,500.
    The new school was named Moon Valley because it was indicated on maps that the Moon Valley area was near the new school (since then, the areas have shifted). Many protest letters were written to the Board of Education stating that the school should be called either Deer Valley High, Northwest High, John F. Kennedy High or Westown High. The controversy raged for many months with petitions pouring in from the community, both for and against the name. The board, however, stuck with the original name, stating the Glendale schools are neither named after people nor directions, since that was the way Phoenix Union District named its schools.
    Mr. Don Reed, an engineer at General Electric, contacted Hughes Aircraft and was able to have donated an Air Force GAR air-to-air guided missile shell for use as a mascot. In accordance with this, the student body chose the mascot name, "Rockets." The school colors are scarlet red, royal blue and white.
    Because there was no grass that first year, flower beds were planted around the school. Students refused to let janitors take out all the flowers, so the flowers have become a permanent fixture on the grounds.
    Mr. Victor E. Lowman was Moon Valley's first principal for three and a half years. 
    Moon Valley began a closed campus in the fall of 2002, which means that students stay within campus grounds throughout the day.
    During the years of the "mini-skirt" and "sideburns," the dress code was a problem. The girls would roll up their skirts to make them shorter. When they were sent to the office, they would roll them down as if their skirts were never short. This didn't last very long. Things haven't changed so very much, but currently it is girls' short shirts that are getting pulled down, attempting to meet current dress code standards.
    In the 1973-74 school year Moon Valley was on double session because Thunderbird High School was not yet open. The Moon Valley students came in the morning, while the T-Bird students came in the afternoon. According to Mr. Dewey Williams, the situation caused a great deal of confusion and many problems ensued during this year-long period. But once Thunderbird opened, things got back to normal.
    Remodeling took place on the campus in 1976-77. The vocational automotives facility was expanded to allow for more equipment and technical instruction, and additions were made to the gym.
    Moon Valley High has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges an Secondary Schools since its first graduating class in 1967.