Moon Valley High School

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Moon Valley High School
3625 West Cactus Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85029
United States
Coordinates 33°35′43″N 112°08′14″W / 33.595217°N 112.137258°W / 33.595217; -112.137258Coordinates: 33°35′43″N 112°08′14″W / 33.595217°N 112.137258°W / 33.595217; -112.137258
School type Public, Secondary
Motto Success: Every Student, Every day
Established 1965
School district Glendale Union High School District
Principal Anat Salyer
Grades 9-12
Campus type Closed
Athletics conference Arizona Interscholastic Association, Inc
Mascot Rocket
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges on Secondary Schools

Moon Valley High School is a public high school in Phoenix, Arizona, United States, and is a part of the Glendale Union High School District, which opened in 1965. Moon Valley is one of Arizona's leading educational establishments and is an excelling school[1] according to the Arizona Department of Education.


Unfinished buildings, blowing dirt, lack of grass and lack of facilities caused the high school's delayed opening in September 1965. At the time of opening, the number of faculty was 25.

During the 1973-1974 school year, Moon Valley was on double session due to an increasingly expanding metropolitan area. Thunderbird High School, which is about two miles east of Moon Valley, was under construction, but not yet opened. Renovations took place on the campus during the 1976-1977 school year.

Moon Valley began operating as a closed campus in the fall of 2002. In 2009, the campus opened a new building called the blast center where students go before and after school to receive help with their work. The school now has a day care on campus run by child development class. In 2010, the culinary lab/class was renovated and designed to look and function like a restaurant's kitchen.


Moon Valley High School was awarded Healthiest School in Arizona by National Got Milk? Contest in September 2006. One award was granted in each of the 50 states, and was accompanied by a $1,000 USD grant for improving the health awareness of students.[2]

In 2010, MVHS was awarded the State Department of Education Spotlight on Success Award.[3]

The school is ranked among the top high schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek. Moon Valley is also part of the College Board's 2013 National Advanced Placement District of the Year.[4]

State championships[edit]

Moon Valley High School has won 18 State championships[5] in its various athletic activities. Its most-winning program is the Girls Softball team which has won 6 State Championship[6] titles including two sets of back-to-back championships in the 1986-1987 and 1992-1993 seasons. Moon Valley also won the 1998 Arizona 4A high school basketball championship.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ [1], AZ DoE School Report Cards. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  2. ^ [2] Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  3. ^ [3] Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  4. ^ "Moon Valley High School". Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ [4], Arizona Interscholastic Association, Inc. Archives - State Champion Archives Page. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  6. ^ [5]

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