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Valley Lutheran High School is one of approximately 130 Lutheran high schools throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. Valley Lutheran offers a quality Christ centered education in a loving nurturing environment. The educational program at Valley is rooted in the 450 year Lutheran tradition of preparing young people for active roles as God’s servants in our society.

Valley Lutheran began with a dream in the late 1970’s. A group of people believed Christian education should be available to students of all ages. A Lutheran high school in the Phoenix area was part of that belief. These people were so committed to this dream that, besides a huge effort to enlist the support of area churches and individuals, two men in this group of organizers actually mortgaged their own homes to help provide the startup funds.

The high school opened its doors for the 1981-1982 school year in a public elementary school located at the corner of 23rd Avenue and Wilshire Drive (south of Thomas Road) with six teachers and a few non-teaching support staff. The facilities were leased from the Phoenix Elementary School District.
In the spring of 1985, Valley Lutheran was notified by the district that it needed the property back. Valley now found itself with students, a healthy start but in need of facilities. Rescue came from the generosity and foresight of two Lutheran congregations. The first congregation to step up was Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. The congregation decided to allow the high school to move unto its property (which is where the school is now). However, there were no adequate facilities on the property in which the school could operate. Valley purchased portable buildings which would be located on the east side of the property.
However, these new facilities would not be ready for occupancy in time for the start of the 1985-1986 school. The second congregation to step up was Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church located at 15th Avenue and Maryland. The congregation offered the school temporary classroom space until such time as the new facilities at Mount Calvary were finally ready for occupancy.

The transformation of the campus continued with the granting of a 99 year lease from Mount Calvary in 2003. This resulted in the remodeling of the childcare center and preschool to the office/classroom building that is in use today. In 2007 the present gymnasium was dedicated and the old gymnasium/classroom building on the south side of the property was subsequently razed to make room for athletic fields.

With first steps in 2014, a historical step forward took place in the ministry of both Valley Lutheran and Mount Calvary.

On Monday, 15 Sept 2014 the Valley Lutheran High School Association met; and on Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 the Mt. Calvary Church Council met and both approved the initiative proposed by Pastor Dave Poedel that the two organizations should move forward, in a very serious and deliberate way, to bring about the merger of VLHS and MCLC. This merger officially occured on July 1, 2015.

This is a unique paradigm where an association Lutheran high school will have a Lutheran congregation as part of her mission.  As the "Mother Church" of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in Phoenix, this will enable Mt Calvary to enter into full partnership with Valley Lutheran High School both operationally and missionally, thereby cementing our long-term mission as a congregation and school. 

August 7, 2016, saw the dedication of two stories of additional classrooms located on the west side of the gymnasium. The new classrooms replace the portable buildings which served the school well for 30 years and now await a repurposing.