By Julian De Ocampo ’13
Sometimes the best way to react to tragedy is to do everything and anything.
Just ask Paul Pullin ’11, a 2011 runner-up for the Man of the Year award who occupied his time at Brophy by playing varsity golf for three years, singing in Honor Choir, joining the service-based National Honors Society and starring in a number of theater productions.
Early on in Pullin’s life, he suffered through what he called some personal tragedies before coming to Brophy at the recommendation of his aunt and uncle, who he lives with to this day.
“Brophy was a place that I came to out curiosity,” Pullin said. “I didn’t have many friends coming in here except my buddies Ethan Cooper ’11 and Calvin Krueger ’11 from elementary school.”
Despite his initial limited knowledge of other students in his grade, Pullin quickly adapted after he saw the solidarity of the Brophy community.
“When I immersed myself, I realized how great of community is here,” Pullin said. “My senior classmates are truly men for others. Brophy has made me see the beauty of life.”
And those senior classmates have appreciated him too. Pullin can’t walk down a hallway without at least several students giving him hi-fives and saying hello. Pullin made the state golf team three years in a row and has become a prominent member of the varsity golf team. He’s also made a name for himself in Honor Choir and NHS.
He said his biggest passion came through his involvement with theater, a flirtation that began when he starred in “1776” when he was a sophomore.
“I was finally nudged into auditioning for my first Spring Musical, 1776, because of my fellow choir members during the time,” Pullin said. “After my role as Thomas Jefferson, I decided to continue this thrill and went on to perform in two more musicals as Sky Masterson in ‘Guys and Dolls’ and Link Larkin in this year’s musical, ‘Hairspray.’”
Now, Pullin plans to take his acting career even farther. He’s majoring in theater and hopes to go to either Pepperdine University or the University of San Francisco.
“Theater interests me, but the main thing is to set the world on fire,” Pullin said. “I want to take what I’ve learned from my Brophy brothers and teachers and live it out in my own way.”