The Downey Legend

Coldplay’s Comeback

Edward Valencia, Writer/Parents and Teachers Editor April 11, 2014

Coldplay released their new single “Magic” on Mar. 3, and will be included on Coldplay’s upcoming studio album Ghost Stories, which will be released in May. The song fuses elements of Coldplay’s...

On Thurs., Mar. 20, junior Austin Rodriguez runs for senior class representative.  “Think of us as President FDR and Vice President Truman,” Rodriguez said. “ I make new deals.”

The race to lead the school

Edward Valencia, Writer/Parents and Teachers Editor April 11, 2014

ASB elections were held on campus from Mar. 25-27,for positions that will impact the school next year. The candidates posted creative signs asking students to vote for them. From hashtags to Snapchat...

A cinematic genius’ swan song

Edward Valencia, Writer/Parents and Teachers Editor March 10, 2014

The Wind Rises, the new animated film directed by Hayao Miyazaki, was released in theaters on Fri., Feb. 28. The film is a story about an ambitious plane engineer living in 1930s Japan. Hayao Miyazaki...

Going for Gold: Sochi 2014

Edward Valencia, Writer/Parents and Teachers Editor February 25, 2014

The 2014 Winter Olympics began Thurs., Feb. 6 in Sochi, Russia. For the first time since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia is hosting the Olympic Games. Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, was the...

A long walk to freedom

Edward Valencia , Writer/Parents and Teachers Editor January 23, 2014

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, the new Nelson Mandela biopic starring Idris Elba, was released in American cinemas on Dec. 25.The film is based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom....

Just a Reflektor

Edward Valencia, Writer/Parents and Teachers Editor November 15, 2013

Indie rock band Arcade Fire released their fourth studio album Reflektor on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Commonly called “indie’s biggest band,” expectations for their new album were high, considering their...

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.

The strong finish

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...

For the month of September, ASB members announce English teacher, Mr. David Kraus, as Teacher of the Month. Mr. Kraus has been teaching English at Downey High for the past four years.

A long time coming

Edward Valencia, Writer/Parents and Teachers Editor October 18, 2013

English teacher Mr. Kraus, in his fourth year teaching at Downey High, has been awarded Teacher of the Month Award for September. Although Kraus has taught different levels of English, such as 9th through...

   In the month of December of 2012, with Mr. Zegarra’s help Mrs. Hernandez gathered students from her business class and brought to life Small Town Brew, a coffee shop in the stadium. “We made mistakes like any business would make,” Hernandez said. “But we got through it.”

Tackling the coffee craze

Edward Valencia, Writer/Parents and Teachers Editor October 4, 2013

The business team’s coffee shop that opened last year under the stadium to accommodate the student body’s growing appetite for the caffeinated drinks is currently looking for new applicants. Mrs....

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