It is with great sadness that we announce that two of Prep’s true originals, Bruce Allen and Mike Mullins, have passed away.
Bruce Allen passed away on July 25, 2016. Prep’s gruff but beloved maintenance supervisor worked at the school from 1983-1987, returned in 1992 and retired in April of 2011. His demeanor belied a mighty heart, which we all experienced frequently. Bruce was a Vietnam veteran whose presence at every campus event was a given. Through a circle of cigarette smoke, he took care of every request from changing lightbulbs to toting tables. He had an uncanny ability to anticipate when and where he would be needed, unlocking the gates every morning and locking them back up after every concert, basketball game, and late-night tutoring session.
Mike Mullins passed away on August 12, 2016. Widely known for his ability to make the last five centuries of war, philosophy, personalities, and politics fascinating, Mullins, who taught at Prep from 1988 to 2014, was lauded by seniors for his kindness, his sincerity, his award-winning UCLA track performances, his Prussian impressions and his mad guitar skills. The pony-tailed Mullins could often be found in a shady spot on campus, deep in conversation with a student or fellow faculty member. After his retirement, Mike purchased a BMW sports car, and vowed to use his time “to sleep, play unimpeded guitar—and to matter.” He succeeded. Mike lived life with generosity and zest up to the end.