Moon Valley

With a delayed opening in September of 1965, Moon Valley High School’s 565 students were taught by 25 teachers. Mr. Victor E. Lowman was the first principal. The new school was named Moon Valley because it was indicated on maps that the Moon Valley area was near the new school. Many protest letters were written to the Board of Education stating that the school should be called 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. An Air Force GAR air-to-air guided missile shell was donated by Hughes Aircraft and was used as a mascot. In accordance with this, the student body chose the mascot name “Rockets.”