2015 Alumni of the Year Leslie Nichols, Class of 1959

Les Nichols Superior Court Judge Leslie Nichols, who graduated from Burlingame High School in 1959, was recently honored with the Alumni of the Year Award for 2015. Judge Nichols was born in Illinois, but grew up in Burlingame, along with his brother Doug Nichols. He went from Washington Elementary School to Burlingame Intermediate School and then on to Burlingame High.

While attending BHS, Nichols was active in student government, including serving as Freshman Class and Student Body President, and played basketball and varsity tennis. He graduated with a BA from Stanford University and went on to University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Nichols practiced law in Palo Alto until 1984, when he was appointed to the Superior Court bench in Santa Clara County. He was twice awarded Trial Judge of the Year by the Santa Clara County Bar Association. He became a law professor at Lincoln Law School, and when he retired from the bench, he continued serving in the Assigned Judges Program.

Les Nichols has continued his connection to BHS with ongoing participation with the Alumni Association and all of his class reunions. His contributions to the community include serving on the Mountain View City Council from 1977 to 1984 and as Mayor of the city for two terms. He served for many years as the Class Correspondent for the Stanford Class of 1963 and on the Stanford reunion committees.

To this outgoing, friendly and dedicated gentleman, it is an honor to present Leslie Nichols the Burlingame High School Alumni Association’s Alumni of the Year Award for 2015.