Moon Valley High School
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|Moon Valley High School|
|3625 West Cactus Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85029
|School type||Public, Secondary|
|Motto||Success: Every Student, Every day|
|School district||Glendale Union High School District|
|Athletics conference||Arizona Interscholastic Association, Inc|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges on Secondary Schools|
|Website||Moon Valley High School|
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 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.
In 2010, MVHS was awarded the State Department of Education Spotlight on Success Award.
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.
Moon Valley High School has won 18 State championships in its various athletic activities. Its most-winning program is the Girls Softball team which has won 6 State Championship 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.
- Randy McClanahan, NFL player for the Oakland Raiders.
- Ozzie Virgil, Jr., MLB player for the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays.
- Mark Kerlin, played professional soccer for the Phoenix Pride and the Dallas Sidekicks."Mark Kerlin". Retrieved 2007-06-05.
- Richard Jefferson, currently a forward for the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers.