The Downey Legend

To support the students

Starting Monday, April 1, Dr. John Garcia takes over as the new Downey Unified School District Superintendent. Garcia went to Carpenter Elementary School, South (now Sussman) Middle School, and is a 1985 graduate of Downey High School.

Hanna Suarez, Editor-in-Chief

May 14, 2013

With the early retirement of ten-year superintendent Dr. Wendy L. Doty in March of 2013, Dr. John Garcia was welcomed into the Downey Unified School District office on April 1. Dr. Garcia worked his way up from the start of his educational career as a fifth grade teacher to a principal and now to...

Taking on the job

While dealing with life as a senior, Miguel Lozano takes on an extracurricular activity by working at Disneyland to make money. Lozano will start his training to operate rides on April 13.

Hanna Suarez, Editor-in-Chief

March 29, 2013

Jobs and careers are an inevitable part of student futures, but for quite a few seniors on campus, the idea has become a reality. Working part time in order to continue to do well in school, seniors take on jobs for a myriad of reasons. For Maria Hernandez, working has been part of her agenda for...

Keeping the story alive

On Feb. 21, guest speaker, Esperanza, waits in the theatre to discuss her father’s survival during the Holocaust.  “My father helped the Jewish people change their names, because he too had 10 passports with multiple names,” Esperanza said.

Hanna Suarez, Editor-in-Chief

February 25, 2013

To share the story of her father and how his experiences shaped her life, daughter of Holocaust survivor, Esperanza Doe visits Downey High on Feb. 21 during both lunches. The event was planned in part by librarian Martha Flores after she was addressed by junior Yakob Posada who was interested in bringing...

A fresh coat

Finishing up the last part of the rally stage mural after school on Feb. 6, art teachers Ms. Puente and Ms. Carbajal-Guzman add white to emphasize the final line of “Where character counts”. Having people within the Downey community paint the rally stage saved money, rather than hiring an artist outside of Downey High School.

Hanna Suarez, Editor-in-Chief

February 14, 2013

The rally stage has been given a new face by the Art Department, with teachers Yvette Puente and Maribel Carbajal-Guzman in charge of the project. The previous mural, having been six years old, was due for a new coat, and Principal Tom Houts was eager to get the job done as efficiently as possible. “Every...

Tis’ the season to fight, fight, fight!

At the Downey vs. Warren game on Jan.8, Maritza Acuna,11, goes for the ball before her opponent. Downey scored 1-0 in the second half of the game.

Hanna Suarez, Norma Flores, Editor-in-Chief, Sports Editor

January 15, 2013

“We got a lot of our hard work in,” senior defense Angie Aguilar said. “Our entire pre-season was leading up to this moment.”With last years CIF title still on their mind, the team strives for that same satisfaction. As for the girls on the basketball courts, they came up short in their fi...

Living for those lost

Hanna Suarez, Editor-in-Chief

December 21, 2012

As I accompanied my father at the grocery store earlier this Sunday evening, I watched the nightly news; a Spanish channel was telling the story of last Friday’s horrid events once more, giving voice to the anguish and hurt felt by the victims’ families, peers, and the rest of the world. I picked...

Remembering the veterans

In November, in front of Downey City Hall, a new statue is resurrected as a veteran’s memorial. On every corner around the statue there is a plaque of each department of the military to represent the Navy, Marines, Army, and Air Force.

Hanna Suarez, Editor-in-Chief

December 7, 2012

In honor of veterans who have served for their country, the city of Downey dedicated the new Veterans Memorial in the Civic Center Area on Nov. 12. This addition to the civic center stands in front of the police station on its pentagon base, each of its different podiums naming a different section of...

Number one fan

Mr. and Mrs. Gunderson stand on the field in front of the football team as they practice after school on October 22, 2012, in preparation for the homecoming game. Mr. Gunderson attends all home games and nearly every away game.

Hanna Suarez, Editor-in-Chief

October 26, 2012

While parents and students socialize in the stands at Friday-night football games, a dedicated fan scrutinizes the plays down by the sideline. Dave Gunderson, father of Downey High’s Statistics teacher, Michelle Gunderson, has been attending varsity home games since the 1970s. It all started when he...

Vikings regain momentum

As the last pre-season game starts, on Friday, September 21, the varsity football team shows unity as they enter the Allen Lane Stadium with locked arms. The team’s recent 3 to 2 wins, have them optimistic for a victory in the up coming match against Warren.

Hanna Suarez, Editor-in-Chief

October 9, 2012

After struggling at the start of the season, the varsity football team defeated the Oxnard Yellowjackets 31-21 on Friday, Sept. 21 at Allen Lane Stadium. Oxnard started off strong, scoring two field goals within the first five minutes of the game. As Downey fans anxiously waited for the Vikings to pick...

Learning to coexist

On Sept. 10, 2012, the London band The xx releases their second studio album Coexist. “I like a lot of their songs equally,” Debbie Miranda,12, said. “They have a unique tone in their music.”

Hanna Suarez, Editor-in-Chief

October 9, 2012

It has been almost three years since English indie band The xx released an album, and the wait has proved to be worth every second. For dedicated xx fans, Coexist, will not disappoint. The group has come back with a mature and smooth sound, while keeping their simple and sad roots that listeners fell in ...

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