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Downey High School is a public high school in Downey. The principal of Downey High School is Tom Houts, whose e-mail is thouts@dusd.net. 4,016 students attend Downey High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 10% of the Downey High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 66% of the 4,016 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Downey High School is 23:1. Warren High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 9% 9%
Hispanic 83% 82%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 4%
Asian 4% 3%
Filipino 2% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.4%
Unspecified 0.4% 0.7%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.2%
Multiracial 0.1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 22774%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 66% 62%
Limited English proficiency 10% 20%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    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.

  • (8 months ago)

    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.

  • (8 months ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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!

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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. (

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    ive been their all 4 years of high school and its a really great school

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is the best school that you can go to. The teachers are excellent and are understanding.

  • (5 years ago)

    As a parent of a special need student I'm very satisfy with the attention that my son gets Kudos for Mr. Gallegos.

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (7 years ago)

    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!

  • (8 years ago)

    Downey High seems very chaotic.

  • (8 years ago)

    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

  • (8 years ago)

    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.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school offers a high quality intensive AP/Honors program with teachers who are well qualified.

  • (8 years ago)

    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.

  • (8 years ago)

    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.

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