Students enrolled 4255
School leader Tom Houts
District Downey Unified

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11040 Brookshire Avenue
Downey, CA 90241

(562) 869-7301
(562) 469-7340
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4 stars
Based on 37 ratings

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October 23, 2014
As a proud alumni of Downey High, I must say I had a wonderful experience all four years. Teachers were supportive and helpful, coaches were motivating and all the staff was always friendly and willing to lend a hand. Id like to say i learned a lot, i grew a lot and look forward to seeing my boys graduate from my alma mater!

- submitted by a student
June 10, 2014
The girls basketball coach (Harris) is a douchebag! He is so rude to some of the bench players and lower level girls. He has made some of them cry and says that the bench players aren't important to the team. How is this guy even in charge? Then the lower level coaches bow down to this guy. He has also had several altercations with displeased parents about how he treats the students. How can the school allow this clown to even exist around this school? Just seeing him walking around the school like he was the president really ticked me off. His varsity girls team has been in decline ever since. He loses a lot of good players to other schools because of his bad attitude! Go Warren Bears!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2014
This school is a really well run school with a positive environment. The teachers are fair and they care about the students. I feel so honored to be a part of DHS.

- submitted by a community member
October 25, 2013
i attend Downey high and i really enjoy the atmosphere there and im very astonished of how greatly the teachers want to help their students succeed by working late hours to help tutor students. I'm also very pleased with all the amazing opportunities Downey High has to offer here such as: sports, clubs, dance, cheer, and all the amazing clubs they have which helps a student what their true passion is and what they would love to accomplish with their many years to come after high school. In my opinion I believe no one would find such a more qualified, excellent school as this one in the area, I honestly don't know what opportunities this school does not offer. The students here are very fortunate to come here and receive these great highly trained and very fun to be around teachers.

- submitted by a student
October 20, 2013
When I went here in the 90's, I hated it. Now that I am finding High Schools for my own kids, I miss Downey. It was a well ran, well maintained school. Unlike the ones here in Texas. Miss this place, one of the best.

- submitted by a community member
November 16, 2012
This school is truly wonderful. The students and staff do so much for the community and for people in need. We are blessed to have this amazing school in our area.

- submitted by a community member
June 09, 2012
This is the best high school in the area! The teachers and faculty care about their students. There are plenty of things to do at the school and whenever your child needs help teachers will be there for them. I am currently a senior about to graduate and I love it. All of the sports teams at this school are really good. There are many AP classes offered as well. I will recommend this school over any other school in the area!

- submitted by a student
no rating October 03, 2009
The teachers are great. They really get involved with the students and keep parents informed about their children's progress. The after school programs keep children busy. They also have enough staff to ensure that your child is safe. Administration is visible and approachable. This is our second child attending this school and both have excelled beyond our imagination.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
I personally love Downey High School because of the good high educated and patient teachers we have, who are reasonable. Another thing is the enviorment at Downey feels much more safe, even though we have over 4,000 students especially for not being the only school in Downey it still feels safe and there aren't too many fights. Our student population has went up alot but the teachers motivate students to get involved in sports and clubs. DHS staff & teachers also prepares its students for college & what colleges they have in mind and also helps them figure out what they want to do in the future. So over all I think it is a well rounded school. (:

- submitted by a student
no rating September 19, 2009
DHS provides an outstanding A.P./Honors program. The A.P./Honors courses are incredibly rigorous and is perfect for a student who enjoys a challenge. As a student currently enrolled at DHS and in the A.P./Honors program, it HAS been a challenge. DHS has sent some of their former students to great UCs like Cal Berkley, UCLA, etc. The only issue DHS has is the overcrowding. DHS is approaching 4,000 students this school year. We have a pretty big campus, but it is not big enough for the amount of students it accomodates. The construction also makes it diffiuclt to get from one class to another without being engulfed in a pool of students. DHS has two new buildings that have an auditorium and advanced chemistry labs that provide its students with great hands on experience. DHS is overall a great school.

- submitted by a student
September 15, 2009
ive been their all 4 years of high school and its a really great school

- submitted by a student
August 26, 2009
This school is the best school that you can go to. The teachers are excellent and are understanding.

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- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
As a parent of a special need student, I'm very satisfy with the attention that my son gets, Kudos for Mr. Gallegos.

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August 19, 2008
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no rating August 08, 2008
As a student currently attending DHS I believe that this schools provides a great learning experiance. It has outstanding AP and honor classes which provide the students with a great way to escalate their knowledge.

- submitted by a student
August 06, 2008
downey high school is a very outstanding school in a way. it would be great if the counselors there would actually take the time to cooperate with any parents and students that are in need of help.

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June 27, 2008
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December 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
A very great small city high school in the United States where maximum student-parent-teacher involvement is a must for outstanding high quality education. Music (team band, drum line) sports (football, swimming, tennis, hockey, baseball, etc)and other extra curricular activities after school is available according to your students interests and likes. Great School indeed!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2006
Downey High seems very chaotic.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
Downey is a great school. It provides students with a very nice working environment and a friendly staff. It offers a lot of different courses including honors and A.P. for the students who like to challenge themselves. Althought it isn't absolutely perfect, I would recommend it

- submitted by a student
February 12, 2006
I have three chilren. Two have already graduated fro DHS and the youngest is currently a sophomore. The schools instructors are outstanding. The school provided a diverse curriculum which articulated with the UC system and therfore qualified our tow oldest with the classes they needed to be accepted into the college of their choice. In addition the school offered a comprehensive athletic and atrs program. Ther leadership insured a safe environment, which allowed teachers to teach and kids to learn. Overall a great experience.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2005
This school offers a high quality, intensive AP/Honors program with teachers who are well qualified.

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- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2005
Downey High School is a decent school. There have been instances where there have been social issues involving students but that is true in almost any school. In my experience, parents need to be more involved and work hand in hand with the teachers and counselors to raise the goals and achievements of the students. Most of the counselors are great but like anything you as the parent have to stay on top of things. Dress code could be enforced a little more.

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July 30, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
July 27, 2005
I want my girls to have a good education and by going to this school they will not only have a good education they will have a great one this school helps them to get ready for their future and prepares them for college and studying the way they should be doing anyway this is a great school and they will love it here for all the great things they can pick from.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2005
ACademic programs are great. The sports are the best in the country. Parent involvement is modest.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2004
This is a good school. The only problem is administration singles out who they think is good and helps them with everything and leaves behind everyone else.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2004
Downey can be considered a very middle-of-the road school. They do not rank as high as some schools, but they do not rank as low as others. The state testing is always average. Reasoning for Downey being average may have to do with the fact that the school is approaching 4000 students. The school does on a constant basis produce students that go to very well-known universities, as I now attend USC. The teachers care about the students, but overall the school is simple overcrowded and the school really can not do anything about it.

- submitted by a former student
June 22, 2004
I am appalled at the high volume of violence, drugs and alchohol at this school. Driving students to and from school provides me with a lot of listening time! In this day and age I strongly believe that there should be such a higher degree of security at this school. I am greatly disappointed in these two areas especially: violence and such wide spread drug and alcohol! Right on campus! It saddens me tremendously and I hope that great improvement takes place. I feel that improvement in teacher/student relationships is greatly needed as well.

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Downey High School
11040 Brookshire Avenue, Downey, CA  90241
(562) 869-7301
Last modified Downey High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Downey High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top