The Downey Legend

Tying the knot

On Sat., Jan. 17, at the Redondo Beach Historic Library, Ms. Stratford weds her fiancé Rick Crespo. “Lots of work goes into a wedding, but it’s all worth it once the day came,” Stratford said. “My bridesmaids were long time friends so they helped me through the stress.”

Natalie Gomez, Arts & Entertainment Section Editor/ Staff Writer

February 6, 2015

On Jan. 17, English teacher and Writer Center Adviser, Kelly Stratford, wed her long time boyfriend in front of friends and family at the Redondo Beach Historic Library. Marriage is already a serious commitment, but as a teacher, changing maiden names can have a dramatic impact.   “For the...

Once a rocker, always a rocker

On Thurs., Oct. 31, Mr. Roger Rios reminisces about his rocker days and playing guitar with The Mosleys, a surf garage band he was a member of during his teenage years. “It was a joke to us because we weren’t trying to make it big,” Rios said. “We turned down three record deals and many gigs.”

Moises Martinez Cortez, Writer/Community Editor

November 1, 2013

Freshman/Junior English teacher, Roger Rios, was once part of The Mosleys, a 90s Orange County garage-rock band. Although he was a member of several musical groups, his involvement in The Mosleys was the lengthiest lasting from the mid 90s until 2005. Rios’ band days began long before his teachi...

A long time coming

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.

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 11th grade English, teaching was not his first job. “I was a mechanic in the Air Force,” ...

Writing Center Promo

May 15, 2013

Downey High School provides a writing center to help students with their English and Writing work.

Lending a hand to striving writers

Starting in February after school select Downey High School juniors and seniors, who applied will participate in a student—tutoring program to assist sophomores with their writing skills.  This program, officially known as the writing lab, has fallen under the supervision of English teachers: Ms. Stratford, Mrs. Carlson, and Mrs. Bean.

Rodas Hailu, Co-Editor-in-Chief

January 18, 2013

Beginning on Feb. 5, the English Department will be providing free tutoring services for students who need help with their writing assignments.   Led by Ms. Stratford, Ms. Bean and Ms. Carlson, the writing lab will consist of juniors and seniors who will volunteer their time in order to assist...

Discussing the macabre

Gustavo Ramirez, Opinions Editor

March 21, 2012

Students in the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) discuss the functions and implications of genocide throughout Feb. and March to better understand the world and the ramifications of their actions. The genocide course is a specialty unit created by ERWC teachers Mrs. Hill, Ms. Stratford, and...

ERWC throws down

ERWC throws down

Brandon Pineda, News Editor

January 26, 2011

The students from Ms. Hill and Mrs. Stratford’s ERWC courses raced with formulaic letters placed in-hand in a definition showdown. ERWC is a replacement English course offered for seniors, which focuses on articles and terms. On Monday, Jan. 24, the students from Mrs. Stratford’s ERWC course face...

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