This new school was named for the eighth mission of the Apollo spacecraft, of which former Arizona resident Colonel Frank Borman was a member. It was the first high school built within the Glendale city limits since 1913, when Glendale High School was constructed. Starting with a student body of 995 and an original faculty of 46, the school opened its doors in 1970. Joseph Dean Bennett was the principal. Astronaut Swigert, who participated in the dedication ceremonies, took note of the Friday the 13th date and said, “Some people consider it a bad omen, but I stand here as living proof that 13 is a lucky number, and I see it as good luck for this school.”