The Downey Legend


On Fri. Mar. 7, Stay Gallery opened the Hyperpresent exhibit by David Layton to present his paintings such as Nine. Layton’s art process began as a digital photo and then he painted it.

Serene Gallardo, Community Section Editor

March 18, 2014

On Fri., Mar. 7, Stay Gallery curated their latest exhibit, Hyperpresent, presented by local artist David Layton. The exhibit featured three of Layton’s series: arcade, cinema, and coaster. The images displayed were vivid, yet distorted –the focus of his “hyperpresent” art. “Hyperpresent,”...

Playing for hope

On Dec. 6, both teams competing in the soccer tournament race towards the ball to score another goal. Team Biola ended with the score of 8-2.

Mia Dixon Slaughter, Social Media Manager

December 13, 2013

On Friday, Dec. 6, students and staff gathered to play in a soccer tournament for the Soccer with Hope organization in support of suicide awareness , raising a sum of over $350. During the tournament, two games were being played on both sides of the field. A total of eight games were played, starting...

The strong finish

On Oct. 22, Lauren Martinez, 11, plays against Paramount during their last tennis game of the season at the Downey courts.  Martinez ranked second in singles tournament.

Edward Valencia, Writer/Parents and Teachers Editor

November 1, 2013

The girls varsity tennis team played their final match at home on Tuesday, Oct. 22 against Paramount, where they finished the season with a record of 10-2 In the singles matches, senior Erin Freeman and sophomores Lauren Martinez and Tara Kazimi won 7 out of 9 games in total. The Pirates rallied late,...

A woman of multiple countries

After leaving London in 1981, Mrs. Vadgama came to Downey and now teaches all six periods of the Career Technical Education classes: Principles of Education. She has been teaching for thirteen years and is also in charge of Skills USA.

Lucia Hernandez, News Editor

October 28, 2013

Mrs. Frida Vadgama has spent 13 years of her life teaching at DHS, and enjoys it just as much as her first day. Vadgama is no ordinary American though she was born in Kenya, East Africa. She moved to London, England when she was six and has been in America for 32 years. She did all of her schooling...

Lock your doors, shut your windows

On June 7, James DeMonaco’s The Purge is released in the Krikorian Theater. The main plot of this horror film follows a group of people’s struggle to survive during a twelve-hour period of time in which all crimes are legal.

Vivian Buenrostro, Co-Editor-in-Cheif

June 14, 2013

Underground horror screenplay producer, James DeMonaco, directed and wrote the American horror-thriller film, The Purge, which was released on June 7, 2013.   The horror film takes place in the year 2022, when America’s new form of government, the “New Founding Fathers,” leads the co...

Addicted to words

At the start of 2012, the app Four Pictures One Word became known throughout the student body at Downey High. This app not only caught the attention of students but also teachers such as Miss Piho.

Mia Dixon-Slaughter, Co-Editor-in-Cheif

March 15, 2013

Out of the 46 million mobile apps offered by the App store, the one that has become the new popular game to play is 4 Pics 1 Word. People of all ages are playing the mind-boggling game in which you are shown four pictures that all connect to one word that you are left to guess.   The game...

Seuss’s story time

During the city library’s story time, on February 27, library employee, Angie Macias, read Dr. Seuss books to the children, in honor of his literary contributions.  The library hosted two days, one in Spanish and the other in English, available for children to listen to the stories.

Joey Flores, News Editor

March 1, 2013

Rhymes and giggles were underway as the Dr. Seuss Celebration started at the Downey City Library on February 27. The celebration is an annual event that is meant to pay tribute to the author for his birthday.   Library assistant Angie Macias-Mendez was the storyteller for the event, and she’s...

For the love of the arts

At Stay Gallery, on February 8, Downey residents are able to view photographer J. Arthur Morris first collections of photos.  The gallery also plans to show his other collections within several months.

Norma Flores, Sports Editor

February 14, 2013

The Stay Art Gallery in the heart of Downtown Downey celebrated not only the 94th birthday and life of community leader Arthur J. Morris, on Feb.8 starting at 6:00 p.m.   The Stay Art Gallery is a non-profit organization whose mission statement is to stimulate community engagement through ar...

Five Questions with Cori Hayes

Five Questions with Cori Hayes

Joey Flores, News Editor

January 30, 2013

The Miss Downey pageant has many participants, one of which is junior Cori Hayes, who has juggled honors and AP classes with the pageant for three years, and this year she plans on running for Miss Icon.   Q1: How did you first get involved with these competitions? A2: My first year getting...

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