Grammy award winner Nick Brophy, BHS Class of 1983

Grammy award winner Nick Brophy, BHS Class of 1983Bruce Auld, a former Sierra Sands Unified School District Superintendent, is writing the history of Burroughs High School. The articles that are being published are excerpts from his upcoming book, exclusive to The News Review.


Collaborating with Jimmy Fallon in 2012, Nick produced and did the sound mixing on Blow Your Pants Off. Nick was previously nominated for twelve Grammy Awards, winning his first Grammy with Jimmy Fallon for “Best Comedy Album.” Maybe equally important to Nick was the honor bestowed upon him by the class of 1983, “Best Hair.” Consensus of those viewing his photos on pages 137 and 160 of the 1983 yearbook, is that Nick could be mistaken for Eddie Van Halen. (Wikipedia and the El Burro)

Thanks go to Lisa Collie (BHS 1983, voted “Most Spirited and Friendliest”) via Janice Lingren for suggesting this article. Nick is without doubt a Burroughs “notable.” (a Wikipedia term). He collaborated with the Rolling Stones on 40 Licks, which went platinum four times over. Given his Wikipedia history that follows, one would assume that Nick’s family was Navy, arriving at China Lake for his senior year of high school.

“Nick Brophy is an American musician, mixer, sound engineer, record producer and songwriter. The artists he has collaborated with and written for include Jason Aldean, the Rolling Stones, Avril Lavigne, Hootie and the Blowfish, Kenny Chesney, Carly Simon, Taylor Swift, Garbage and Everclear. His engineering credits include Everclear’s 1x platinum Sparkle and Fade, Avril Lavigne’s 6x platinum Let Go, and the Rolling Stone’s 4x platinum 40 Licks. His mixing credits include three consecutive #1 singles by Kip Moore; 2x plantinum Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck, certified gold Beer Money and 1x platinum Hey Pretty Girl, as well as Jimmy Fallon’s Blow Your Pants Off, for which he won a Grammy Award. His songwriting credits include recordings by Hootie and the Blowfish, Jason Aldean, Kenney Chesney and Rascal Flats.” (Wikipedia)

“Brophy was born in April 1965 in St, Louis, Missouri, but grew up all over the world. He spent time oversees in Japan, Greece and Egypt, as well as many states in the United States, eventually settling in Southern California. He began playing guitar at age 13 and was in several SoCal bands before joining Aircraft… After Aircraft disbanded, Brophy formed the Riverdogs. Their debut album, Riverdogs, was released in June 1990. In the Blues-Rock style, the album was critically lauded and received Holland’s Edison Award for Best Rock Album of 1991. (The background for the album cover is without doubt Red Rock Canyon.) He has primarily lived in Southern California, except for his move to Nashville in 2003, yet returning to Southern California. Collaborating with Shaquille O’Neal on Stomp, he received one of his twelve Grammy nominations. (Wikipedia)

Nick’s talent has contributed to the success of over 200 albums and singles, ten in 2021. What do Nick Brophy and Mark Hoppus (BHS 1990) have in common? Bonified stars in the music industry, both play bass guitar, both were voted “Best Hair” by their classmates and both graduated from Burroughs High School. Nicolas Clay Brophy graduated on June 9, 1983, participating in Burroughs High School’s thirty-eighth commencement ceremony.

Courtesy photos: Grammy winning 1983 Burroughs graduate Nick Brophy in his sound studio. Nick was voted “Best Hair” by his classmates.

Story First Published: 2021-09-17