5 Questions with Helen Hampton

Dedicated volunteer and go-go boot fanatic, Helen Hampton, gives insight on her positive outlook and years assisting Downey High School in the records office.

Q1: How long have you been a volunteer at Downey High School?

A: I’ve come at least 2 days a week for what I’ve decided has been 15 years.

Q2: Of all schools, why did you choose Downey High School?

A: A friend of mine was a friend of the school’s [former] principal, Allen Layne; she knew him ‘cause they belonged to the same church, so she started with me and then I continued on my own.

Q3: What do you like to do when you’re not volunteering at Downey High?

A: I volunteer at Downey hospital, sing at nursing homes and I’m writing my life story.

Q4: How do you stay so energetic? Does your family have a history of living long?

A: I count my blessings every morning. No, my mother died at 84 and my father died at 63; I never thought I’d make it past the 84.

Q5: How long have you been wearing your go-go boots?

A: At least 20 years – probably more.