The Downey Legend

Downey High School’s New Mariachis Club

Her first year at Downey High School, Samantha Magallon, 10, brims with excitement about the newest club at DHS, the Mariachi Club. “I’ve been playing the guitar for about three years already,” Magallon said. “I love playing it and joining the Mariachi club means that I get to be around people who share the same passion.”

Lukas Luna and Clarissa Arceo

February 4, 2020

Downey High School’s band program is certainly large, but it’s growth may be hindered by students who see musical experience as necessary to joining. To help grow the program, Band Director, Mr. Guerrero, is advising a new Mariachi club designed specifically to appeal to students with little-to-...

The new, the better, and the change

After transferring from Sussman Middle School in the fall of 2014, Mrs. Wilmoth now teaches English 10, for the first time at Downey High School, in the A building. “To be honest, I enjoy coming to school everyday to see what it can bring to me,” Wilmoth said. “It’s a job I have fun doing and that I love to do.”

Mireya Navarro, Staff Writer

November 14, 2014

After teaching at Sussman Middle School for 20 years, Kimberly Wilmoth, decided to make a change in her career by becoming a sophomore English teacher at Downey High.   She was sitting in her classroom during her prep period one day and said to herself, “I need a change.” She then filled...

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...

Can you guess who your teachers are?

Since 1991, Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Falcon, Mrs. Roybal, and Mr.Weisenburger have been staff members at DHS and were chosen to be part of the faculty quiz. “WOW! Is that Mrs. Roybal, said Sindy Roa, 12, she looks so different!”

Rodas Hailu, Co-Editor-in-Chief

January 30, 2013

Twenty teachers and staff members have been included in a quiz that shows their pictures from the 1991 yearbook to boost the moral of the faculty.   What originally started as pure enjoyment, Mr. Houts and Mrs. Lucke found these pictures and they quickly became the premise of a quiz. The object...

Listen up seniors

Listen up seniors

Angelica Co, Student Life Editor

June 1, 2012

As the school year approaches its last months, the class of 2012 attends the last Senior Assembly on May 24, in the Viking gymnasium. “The assembly pretty much marked the end of our senior year,” graduating Robert Guerrero said. “It summed up the things we need to do in order to end the year...

Acknowledging the Viking Alumnis

Acknowledging the Viking Alumnis

Roy Mendoza, Co-Editor-in-Chief/Copy Editor

June 1, 2012

Upholding the annual tradition, Downey High School held the 13th Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, on May 25, in the B-theatre. This year’s event included inductees from the class of 1956, 1979, and 1986. At the beginning of the presentation, principal Tom Houts took center stage to welcome each...

PTA: October 2011

PTA: October 2011

Dinorah Acuna, Writer

November 4, 2011

The second PTA meeting of the year was conducted on October 17, in the theater, and the association discussed a variety of topics including emergency preparedness, a principal’s report, student activities and the Reflections contest. Those addressing these topics were Mark Sauter, Mr. Houts, Mr. Weisenburger...

CST scores improve API

CST scores improve API

Dinorah Acuna, Writer

October 12, 2011

Successful with their CST scores, Downey High’s Academic Performance Index score (API) increased by 21 points after months of hard work by the students of the 2010-2011 school year.   Every year, students all over California are required to take the CST in order to see what they have learned;...

Last PTA meeting of the year

Last PTA meeting of the year

Alejandra Paredes, Student Life Editor

June 14, 2011

This month's PTA members gathered for their last meeting of the year at the theater on June 13. The association had various speakers that informed affiliates on the month's events, business, and upcoming affairs to deal with. The hot topics for the nights included graduation, budget expenditures, and...

PTA: May 2011

PTA: May 2011

Thomas Beltran, Arts & Entertainment Editor

May 11, 2011

The monthly Parents and Teachers Association’s meeting was held on Monday, May 9 in the Downey High School theater. The meeting consisted of various guest speakers, such as the Downey Police Department, principal Tom Houts, and Assistant Student Body adviser Gordon Weisenburger. Topics for the meeting...

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