The Downey Legend

Chicago Teacher Strike

Esmeralda Martinez, Copy Editor

April 29, 2016


Filed under News

The U.S.’s third largest school district, Chicago School District, has been on an on-going strike involving all school grade teachers. The walkout began on April 1 and has followed through every Friday since then. The incursion broadened after the school district faced a $1.1 billion deficit, due to...

“In math class I’d be like that student that everyone else would go to.”

Amanda Davila, Staff Writer

March 18, 2016


Filed under Parents & Teachers, Podcast

Focusing on earning his masters at CSULB, math teacher, Mr. Navarro, is currently enrolled in a higher-level calculus class and a leadership class to pursue his idea of becoming a college professor.

The Scholarly Convict

Angelica Fregoso and Dianna Jimenez

March 18, 2016


Filed under Parents & Teachers, Top Stories

Analogous to the Alma Mater of Malcolm X, the anthem of English teacher Ms. Kasner is books, so much so that after reading a chapter from Malcolm X’s autobiography, she confided in her AP Language and Composition students her clandestine fantasy to one day be incarcerated. That way she could dedicate ever...

The Great Depression Challenge

The Great Depression Challenge

Jazlyn Contreras, Staff Videographer

February 26, 2016


Filed under Student Life

For two weeks, junior history students will face The Great Depression Challenge, in which they must wear the same outfit everyday for twenty points extra credit. This project started on Feb. 9., and eleventh grade history teachers will be hosting this activity. U.S. History and Public Health teacher,...

Wise Words with Weisenburger

Montzerratt Mendoza and Miranda Ramirez

February 10, 2016


Filed under Podcast, Top Stories

Mr. Weisenburger shares stories about his life, his athletic upbringing, his family, along with some pros and cons of being one of the senior teachers at Downey High.

“First bird we shot, we almost threw up.”

“First bird we shot, we almost threw up.”

Alex Castillo and Brandon Guerrero

February 3, 2016


Filed under Audio, Parents & Teachers, Podcast, Top Stories

Mr. Witkin and Mr. Thompkins talk about their hunting trips within the past few months along with some memorable moments and their long-time appreciation for nature and the many things it has to offer.

5 Questions with Mr. Coe

5 Questions with Mr. Coe

Dianna Jimenez, Staff Writer

November 10, 2015


Filed under Five Questions With...

Honors Chemistry and AP Chemistry teacher, Mr. Coe, expresses his simple and carefree disposition through his fashion: owning only black and gray t-shirts.   Q1: When did you begin to dress the way you do? A1: Maybe like a couple years ago, but just recently I switched from wearing the sam...

The Lives of Teachers Before They Were Teachers: Mr. Rios

The Lives of Teachers Before They Were Teachers: Mr. Rios

Julissa Villalobos, Photo Editor

October 26, 2015


Filed under Parents & Teachers, Top Stories

With a population of 4,400 students being taught and guided by teachers who must memorize more than 100 names and faces, Roger Rios, a true “rock-n-roll” teacher in A-206 develops real connections with his students that they will never forget.   “He seems real. If that makes sense....

Munchin’ at the luncheon

Munchin’ at the luncheon

Irania Quintero, News Section Editor

June 16, 2015


Filed under Parents & Teachers

On Wed., Jun. 3, Downey High School’s Creative Foods class and their teacher, Ms. Diane Villa, hosted the annual teacher luncheon, in room A-203, in order to give the students an experience in a food service event.  Teachers on campus are often tied up in their work, from grading papers to making...

Laying it out on the field

Laying it out on the field

Gabby Sanchez, A&E Editor

May 21, 2013


Filed under News

The Allen Layne Stadium and its audience witnessed an intense soccer game on Thursday, May 9 where teachers and the CIF champion girls soccer team competed against each other on the field while displaying sportsmanship. Although a friendly game, the teachers ultimately sealed the deal with a tight score...

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