The Downey Legend

To support the students

To support the students

Hanna Suarez, Editor In Chief

May 14, 2013


Filed under Community

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

Taking on the job

Hanna Suarez, Editor In Chief

March 29, 2013


Filed under Seniors, Student Life

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

Keeping the story alive

Hanna Suarez, Editor-in-Chief

February 25, 2013


Filed under News

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

A fresh coat

Hanna Suarez, Editor-in-Chief

February 14, 2013


Filed under News

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!

Tis’ the season to fight, fight, fight!

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

January 15, 2013


Filed under Sports, Winter Sports

“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


Filed under Editorial

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

Remembering the veterans

Hanna Suarez, Editer-in-Chief

December 7, 2012


Filed under Community

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

Number one fan

Hanna Suarez, Editor-in-Chief

October 26, 2012


Filed under Parents & Teachers

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

Vikings regain momentum

Hanna Suarez, Editor-in-Chief

October 9, 2012


Filed under Fall Sports, Sports

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

Learning to coexist

Hanna Suarez, Editor-in-chief

October 9, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

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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