WARREN HIGH SCHOOL
HALL OF FAME
Earl Warren Senior High School opened its’ doors in 1955. Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the United States, at that time, was invited to attend the school’s dedication ceremony. Since, he was one of the most popular governors of California it was decided that the school colors would match those of California, blue and gold. The California state animal, the bear, was adopted as the school mascot and the sport teams at Warren have since been affectionately referred to as “the Bears.” It wasn’t until 1963 that the Downey Unified School Board of Education voted to change the name to Warren High School. The current principal is Laura Rivas.
Warren High School Hall of Fame was established in 2009 to honor alumni who have distinguished themselves in a specific field of endeavor; athletics, business/service or was a previous faculty member. Warren’s Hall of Fame recognizes those individuals who have contributed in outstanding ways to merit special recognition. It is our hope that today’s students see in these inductees people worthy of emulation.
The Hall of Fame monument was built in the shape of a compass with four paths that lead to and from the school’s academic seal. The compass represents directionality. The past and present students of Warren have come from many places, some were born in the city of Downey and others a world away. Not only have the students come from various locations, but they leave Warren to make their mark on the world, each in their own unique way. The academic seal, which represents Warren High School, is positioned in the center of the compass because Warren is what unifies all the inductees. In every direction Warren graduates have gone, those who have left a significant positive impact on our world are being brought back to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The pavers represent those that have contributed to the lives of students along the way. Engraved into the stones will be the names of retired faculty that have helped pave the way to success for the graduates of Warren. Each year, one former faculty member will be honored for the significant impact they made to the culture of Warren and the students that walked its hall. The Hall of Fame monument has been strategically placed where thousands of students and teachers will walk by it each day. This monument is an inspiration to all of Warren’s staff and students and may they strive to work hard and dream big so that one day, they too might find their name engraved in the Hall of Fame.