Councilman Dee Andrews

Councilman Dee Andrews has been a resident of central Long Beach, California, for the past 60 years. He is a proud graduate and former star athlete of Long Beach Polytechnic High School. While attending Poly, he received the All-American High School Football and Track Award. He was also the first African-American Student body president at Poly high school. Mr. Andrews went on to attend both the University of California Los Angeles and the California State University Long Beach. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Social Science and Physical Education from California State University Long Beach and his Master’s Degree in government from UCLA.

Mr. Andrew’s other achievements are the induction into the Long Beach State Hall of Fame, All American Junior College Football and Track Award, and he holds the World Record for 330 Intermediate Hurdles.

The All-American football player for the Dallas Cowboys returned to Long Beach to teach Black History and Government at Long Beach Poly and Wilson High Schools. Currently, he is employed by the Long Beach Unified School District, as a Court Liaison assisting young people coming out of juvenile camp, and transitioning back into school.

He has been inducted into the Long Beach Century Club as their newest member of the Hall of Fame and was presented the award on Monday, February 11th at the 52nd Annual Century Club Sports Banquet. The American Red Cross also honored the councilman as a Hometown Hero at their breakfast on April 8th. This honor was to recognize him leaping into action and helping to save an elderly woman from a burning building and chasing down a flasher who was assaulting children at a local restaurant. Bishop Leroy, author of I Know Why the Caged Lion Roar, has selected Dee to be featured him in his upcoming book.

Known as the “Son of the Sixth” by the residents, Mr. Andrews is a father of three adult children and six grandchildren. His vision for the central area is to attract businesses into the Sixth District and pursue employment opportunities for the unemployed residents. Many who face tremendous barriers obtaining traditional employment due to past criminal records. He also promotes after-school programs for children, which would include tutoring and mentoring; improve public safety and communication with residents. Create much needed infrastructure improvements for central Long Beach.

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