Councilman Dee Andrews' Biography
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.
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 Hall of Fame for his athletic accomplishments. The American Red Cross also honor the Councilman as a 2008 Hometown Hero . This honor is for the recognition of 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. Councilman Andrews is also featured in the upcoming book written by Bishop Leroy, who is the author of "I Know Why the Caged Lion Roar".
Known as the "Son of the Sixth" by the residents, Mr. Andrews is a father of three adult children and seven grandchildren. His vision for the central area is to attract businesses into the 6th District and to pursue employment opportunities for the unemployed residents, with emphasis on the many individuals with barriers to traditional employment due to past criminal record. He also promotes after-school programs for youth which include tutoring and mentoring, the improvements of public safety and communication with residents, and the creation of the much needed infrastructure improvements for central Long Beach.