Manuel Dominguez High School

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Manuel Dominguez High School
15301 S. San Jose
Compton, California
Type Public high school
Established 1957
School district Compton Unified School District
Principal Vanessa Landesfeind
Faculty 6 administrators 80 certificated teachers, 4 counselors, and 11 classified support staff.
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,609
Campus Urban
Color(s) Black, Red, and Gold
Athletics conference San Gabriel Valley League
Nickname Dons
Rival Lynwood High School
Yearbook El Espejo

Manuel Dominguez High School is a four-year public high school located in Compton, California. It is part of the Compton Unified School District. The school's current principal of instruction is Vanessa Landesfeind, Ed.D., principal of operations is Stephen Franklin.


Dominguez High School is named after Don Manuel Dominguez, a California rancher. Dominguez inherited from his father Jose Cristobal Dominguez over 75,000 acres which was originally granted to his father's uncle Juan Jose Dominguez by the King of Spain in 1784. The land holding covered an area that ran from Redondo Beach into the west, to Compton in the east and the harbor in the south. The rancho spread across what is now Compton, Gardena, Carson, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Palos Verdes Estates, Lomita, Rolling Hills Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Pedro, Wilmington, Harbor City, and part of Long Beach.

Extracurricular activities


Dominguez is known for having one of the most outstanding football teams in Southern California. Their main rival is Lynwood High School. The football team was led by coach Willie Donerson and his son Keith Donerson for over thirty years. They are a part of the CIF Southern Section, and San Gabriel Valley League. The Dominguez Football team has produced many NCAA, and NFL football players such as Greg Townsend, Richard Sherman, Jeron Johnson, Bruce Walker and Chilo Rachal. The Dominguez basketball team is also among the best having produced NBA players such as Tyson Chandler, Dennis Johnson, Brandon Jennings, Cedric Ceballos and Tayshaun Prince.

Marching Band History

The Dominguez High School Red & Gold Soul Marching Band is described as "The Best Band in the Land!!!" They had performed at the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards, Home Depot Battle of the Bands, Nike ads, Boost Mobile basketball tournaments, Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy games and L.A. Sparks Season Openers.


In 2000, educators Catherine Borek and Karen Greene and an all-student cast produced the first theatrical production to take place at Dominguez in over two decades. Their process of mounting the production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town is the subject of a 2002 documentary by Scott Hamilton Kennedy entitled OT: Our Town..

Notable alumni


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  2. The Fruit, the Tree, and the Serpent

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